From the WWF report: "The cork oak forests could face an economic and environmental crisis unless we take action to secure their future now," said Rebecca May, a forests campaigner with WWF-UK. "It is vital that the wine and cork industries maintain the market for cork stoppers and, in turn, help ensure the survival of the cork oak forests.”
"... winemakers are now putting their goods in juice boxes, aluminum cans like Sofia Coppola's super-hip champagne, which comes with a straw, and -- in the latest packaging innovation -- plastic bottles....Wine sold in the same type of plastic bottles that Aquafina uses to hold tap water is about to hit U.S. ...But success elsewhere in the world has not made wine companies confident about bringing alternative packaging to the U.S. ... Still, countries that are far stodgier about wine than the U.S. are starting to change. The English have bought wine in plastic packs for years. Even some vintners in France, whose wine industry has been in trouble because of worldwide competition and overproduction, are experimenting with alternatives to glass. Jean-Charles Boisset, whose family business is a market leader, likens wine drinkers and their adaptability to the consumers of another once upscale product. 'You squeeze mustard from a plastic bottle, when you traditionally got it from a glass bottle,' he says matter-of-factly."
"...the businessman behind the wildly successful $2 Charles Shaw wines is wary [of alternative packaging and stoppers/closures]. Despite the fact that the bottle is the most expensive component of the super-cheapo wine sold exclusively at crunchy consumer haven Trader Joe's, Two Buck Chuck maker Fred Franzia says he'd never abandon the romance of glass and cork." *
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