Catavino keeps you current not only with the remarkable wine developments in Spain and Portugal, two of the most dynamic wine producers on the planet, but you'll learn about food trends, new dishes and restaurants and the ancient and modern cultures on the Iberian Peninsula. And you may not notice it, but Catavino also happens to be one of smoothest designed websites you'll have the pleasure of visiting.
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How Cork can Contribute to CO2 Sequestration: An Interview with Carlos de Jesus of Amorim

Last summer, during our whirlwind tour of Portugal, we had the rather unique experience of touring a cork factory. With the all the debate raging about cork versus screwcap, we jumped on the opportunity to meet the Marketing and Communications Director of Amorim, the largest cork producer in the world to find out why TCA is an issue, what Amorim’s position was on the situation, and what steps they were taking to prevent it. What we never considered during our visit with Carlos de Jesus, was the cork oak’s positive effect in sustainable development, other than the company’s efforts to obtain 45% of their energy from renewable sources.

Now, almost a year later, we find out that Amorim sent Carlos de Jesus as a speaker at the conference on the role of cork in CO2-retention, preserving biodiversity and combating desertification. Who knew?! Alright, in all fairness, we did have a pretty good idea that the vast forests of cork oaks throughout Spain and Portugal were positively effecting the planet, but we didn’t know to what degree. Both in his speech and in his interview, Carlos brings to light some additional statistics on how cork can aid in the fight against climate change, providing us even more questions to ponder once the conference was over.

Although we haven’t chatted a significant amount on Catavino about cork’s role in sustainable development, we understand that you may have several questions about this issue. Therefore, please feel free to leave any questions you have below, and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Cheers,
Gabriella

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  • Oenophilus

    I'm all about mitigating climate change and all of us doing our part to protect our Little Blue Marble. Amorim should plant all the cork forests it can to help in its own way. However, until something can be done about controlling TCA contamination to an acceptable level, they can then sell cork to floor tile manufacturers and trivet makers. The contributions their industry makes to the green movement do not mitigate the damage they do to my industry.

  • http://oenophilia.wordpress.com Oenophilus

    I’m all about mitigating climate change and all of us doing our part to protect our Little Blue Marble. Amorim should plant all the cork forests it can to help in its own way. However, until something can be done about controlling TCA contamination to an acceptable level, they can then sell cork to floor tile manufacturers and trivet makers. The contributions their industry makes to the green movement do not mitigate the damage they do to my industry.

  • Gabriella Opaz

    I am so happy that you brought up this point! I've been biting at the bit for someone to say this because I have been feeling in the exact same boat. If TCA is such a problem, or if we need to switch to tetrapak because glass is too heavy and requires too much energy to recycle, then hell, let's do away with cork closures and switch completely tetrapak. But here's the rub for me, and please chime in with your thoughts, but taking the TCA argument, not all cork companies are the same, and because we have no way of placing blame to a specific company when wine is tainted, we blame the whole industry. Second, if we get rid of cork as a closure, we may welcome in screwcaps that produce a considerable amount more CO2. Third, assume we completely get rid of cork, and go to tetrapak (which I'm not clear this is th best conservation measure because I haven't seen the numbers), how can wine age? Fourth, I believe that cork closures are the main profit producer for cork companies, whereby if we get rid of cork, we may also put forests as risk. Granted, I'm not totally sold on this last point. I want to make the eco-friendly choice, there's no doubt, but I feel a little frustrated because the only choice I know is not eco-friendly, meaning screwcaps, is one choice that protects young wines. Thoughts?

  • http://www.catavino.net Gabriella Opaz

    I am so happy that you brought up this point! I’ve been biting at the bit for someone to say this because I have been feeling in the exact same boat. If TCA is such a problem, or if we need to switch to tetrapak because glass is too heavy and requires too much energy to recycle, then hell, let’s do away with cork closures and switch completely tetrapak.

    But here’s the rub for me, and please chime in with your thoughts, but taking the TCA argument, not all cork companies are the same, and because we have no way of placing blame to a specific company when wine is tainted, we blame the whole industry. Second, if we get rid of cork as a closure, we may welcome in screwcaps that produce a considerable amount more CO2. Third, assume we completely get rid of cork, and go to tetrapak (which I’m not clear this is th best conservation measure because I haven’t seen the numbers), how can wine age? Fourth, I believe that cork closures are the main profit producer for cork companies, whereby if we get rid of cork, we may also put forests as risk. Granted, I’m not totally sold on this last point.

    I want to make the eco-friendly choice, there’s no doubt, but I feel a little frustrated because the only choice I know is not eco-friendly, meaning screwcaps, is one choice that protects young wines. Thoughts?

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