Stick a cork in it

January 21, 2013
January 21, 2013 Matt

Stick a cork in it

The other night my wife and me were sitting down in our living room enjoying a glass of wine. I was sat next to our big basket of old corks. Many of the wine people I know have these. I always think, maybe I’ll use them for a photograph, maybe we can make something out of them, a chair, a sofa a cork floor or maybe I’ll just use them to light a fire in Winter. Nothing ever happens with them.

Suddenly I felt my hand idly grabbing the corks and bringing them up to my face to see what wines they had once plugged. My wife asked to see some as well. The next thing we knew was we were connecting with some of them. We would say “Hey remember this one, the night we had that meal with such and such” Or “hey this was the one we had on holiday 5 years ago” The memories came flooding back. We spent a good 2 hours rifling through the corks and began our second bottle.

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The talk was not about the wine’s taste, smell or texture, it was all about the memories surrounding the occasion that we had consumed the wine. Friends, places, meals, family members good times bad times etc. Not all the corks could we remember the occasion, but every few minutes we would find one that shouted out to us “Hey I’m the ONE from THAT time”

It turned into a really special evening. Different from the family photo album and a really enjoyable time drinking and chatting.

 

Here are a few of the wine corks that are special to us

 

Alfa Crux, a great red from Valle de Uco in Argentina. We spent a week there as guests of the owners

Alfa Crux, a great red from Valle de Uco in Argentina. We spent a week there as guests of the owners

I'm a sucker for a good sancerre, this was no let down

I’m a sucker for a good sancerre, this was no let down

A tokaji thast my wife was given as a present. It was amazing paired with peach crumble

A tokai thast my wife was given as a present. It was amazing paired with peach crumble

A lovely red from Maule, one of the best in Chile in my opinion. The owner, The Count of Cinzano, gave me a case two years ago

A lovely red from Maule, one of the best in Chile in my opinion

some corks from superb wines we had with friends with wonderful meals

some corks from superb wines we had with friends with wonderful meals

My fav Chilean sauvignon blanc by me friend Grant Phelps, a man who knows how to make great whites

My fav Chilean sauvignon blanc by my friend Grant Phelps a man who knows how to make great whites

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A wine recommended by Master Sommelier Fred Dex. Bought as a present for my wife in San Francisco

A bottle of wine we had on our honeymoon in Thailand. Not great to drink, very expensive, but a memory non the less

A bottle of wine we had on our honeymoon in Thailand. Not great to drink, very expensive, but a memory of a special time non the less

Some champagne corks, always a celebration

Some champagne corks, always a celebration. Each one of these was a wedding anniversary

Clos Apalta 2005. My wifes first harvest at Lapostolle. The wine won best wine in 2008 in Wine Spectator

Clos Apalta 2005. My wifes first harvest at Lapostolle. The wine won best wine in 2008 in Wine Spectator

A lovely Californian cabernet sauvignon we drank at Christmas with some friends

A lovely Californian cabernet sauvignon we drank at Christmas with some friends

A great Greek wine, we enjoyed in Paxos 2 years ago

A great Greek wine, we enjoyed in Paxos 2 years ago

Basket of corks in the corner. So many wine types have these

Basket of corks in the corner. So many wine types have these

 

 

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Matt

British photographer, living in Chile. Working mainly in the drink industry. Just finished work on third book of wine photos and planning next project

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