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Cork Supply USA Adds Laura Gorton as Analytical Chemist

Posted on January 13, 2012

Cork Supply USA is pleased to announce the addition of Laura Gorton as an analytical chemist. Gorton is responsible for operating the GC-MS and HP-LC machines to conduct incoming sampling, TCA screening, and outgoing quality control for cork and oak products. She also directs research initiatives for the company’s complete product portfolio, communicates with customers on all procedures and protocols in the analytical services department, and participates in client outreach.

“Laura understands the winemaking process and the challenges winemakers face in making premium wines, which helps her recognize what we need to do in our company to assist wineries from a closure and oak standpoint,” said James Herwatt, CEO of Cork Supply USA. “She loves the analytical chemistry part of the business and is passionate about research and getting the data to help make good business decisions. Her previous experience and positive attributes will help her excel, and she is a great asset for our company moving forward.”

After graduating from U.C. Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology in 2004, Gorton worked as a laboratory technician for Artesa Winery, where she implemented new quality control programs and analytical test procedures, developed her palate and sensory capabilities, and monitored wine quality through tastings. In 2005, she joined Raymond Vineyard and Cellar as its Enologist, developing documented protocols to improve the efficiency, accuracy, and precision of the laboratory and conducting routine chemical analyses and fining trials.

Desiring to continue her studies in the science of winemaking, Gorton returned to U.C. Davis and was awarded her Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology in 2008. She then joined Trinchero Family Estates, where she has spent the last three years working as the Enologist for Trinchero Napa Valley. Gorton scheduled and conducted analyses on wines, evaluated estate vineyards with the winemaker, maintained inventory, and participated in cellar operations. She also designed a quality control protocol for mobile bottling services and proposed, planned, and conducted a vineyard experiment including an analytical method for isobutylmethoxypyrazine.

“Cork Supply is truly customer focused and very related to that is research, improvement, and providing our customers with choices, validation, and anything that can support and distinguish our products,” Gorton said. “Having this role at Cork Supply is a dream come true to be able to combine my love of research and science with making people happy.”

Cork Supply is the wine industry’s “Top-of -the-Bottle Experts,” specializing in natural, technical and sparkling corks, Nomacorc® synthetics, Newpak™ screw caps, Rivercap USA® tub capsules, polylaminate and PVC capsules and Sparflex® wire hoods and champagne foils. California’s newest cooperage, Tonnellerie Ô®, locally handcrafts exceptionally fine French oak barrels.

With companies spanning the globe, Cork Supply Group specializes in the production and distribution of premium quality winemaking and wine packaging products. Among the forested products Cork Supply Group manufactures and/or distributes are: natural, technical and sparkling corks, French and American oak barrels and alternatives, and award-winning designer wine labels. As one of the first companies to be awarded FSC certification for their global cork production facilities in Portugal, Cork Supply is committed to sustainable forest stewardship and responsible purchasing of forest products. For more information, please visit

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