08-10-2012

When the cork fails

With all of the Tumblrs out there like Rich Cats of Instagram, Stuff on my dog’s head, or belated “dear leader” Kim Jong Il Looking at Things, I can’t believe that there isn’t “Cork Fail” tumblr showing various corks falling to pieces from wine bottles. While unfortunate when it happens, it’s not a surprise really given that they’re a product of nature and prone to irregularities.

The one pictured above was really amazing. It’s the cork from one of the bottles in the case of Vinya Selva de Mar 2000 from Mas Estela that we’d picked up some time pack. Without exception, all the corks in that case broke when pulled. But this one was special. It didn’t break and came out in one piece, but was completely saturated with the wine to the point of even seeping slightly on the end. So, that’s not meant to be a purple novelty cork, but is the actual color out of the bottle.

Wondrously, the wine was alright. It wasn’t optimal like the other bottles, but it wasn’t corked nor was the wine spoiled. Given just a bit more time, it would have been a lost cause, but thankfully we “saved” this bottle by downing it when we did. But, all of these interesting bottles are gone now, the last of which was consumed by that unruly gang of “wine thugs” in Capçanes while we were in the Priorat last weekend.

While most failed cork stories end in sadness, has anyone out there had similar experiences to ours where the contents of the bottle were blessed by the divine hand of Bacchus to still be tasty?