September 22, 2008
The Zork wine bottle enclosure announces its presence with authority on the Thunder Show.
Solid episode introducing a wine gadget I’d never heard of
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GV: “It’s an 85, 86 point bottle of wine.”
Michelle: ” Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…”
The two Go Airlines pilots: “Zzzzzzzzzzzzz, too.”
Once again, the magic number 85 is tossed about on the Thunder Show and yet, the camera never moves up and over to the jersey hanging on the wall.
Where have you gone, Joe DiMottgio, our nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you…?
What’s that you say, Gary Vaynerchuk, Joltin’ Chris has left and gone away…?
Artie and Paul
QOTD: Jury is still out on the Zork for me. Concerns include how well a wine can age if there’s no air seepage, and what’s the carbon footprint of this product versus cork, which comes from a renewable resource.
Never had the opportunity to open a bottle with one of these.
Zork ? COOL 🙂 never used it. . i like the idea though.
never had one, i’ve seen them though and wondered what the hell the were. I guess i’m a cork snob, because i don’t really buy screw tops either. just like the fact that i can collect all these corks and not some cheap metal or plastic top. I dunno, maybe it’s just me.
I’ve done a few tastings with wines that have the Zork closure. People are interested in looking and feeling, but still very cautious about unusual closures.
Have never seen a Zork up close. Wish you had done more close-ups of it. I’ll have to go look for one this weekend…I guess another way you are getting me to expand my PAL.
Never seen a zork. I like the concept, but the popping sound could be prevented for the sake of those who would say it bruises,what ever that is, the wine.
I prefer a screw top to a Zork.
I had a bottle of Gemtree from Australia that had a Zork – I think it was a zork anywat.
QOTD: yes, had a zork before, i don’t mind them. better than ruining wine with a tainted cork. but, some of the romance and flair is missing without the old fashioned waiter’s corkscrew (LOVE that thing!). something to be said for having corkscrew skills. amazing how many people who drink wine everyday and do not yet know how to operate a waiter’s corkscrew.
PS – you people who are not trying a wine simply b/c it has an alternate closure, you are missing out on some nice and surprising wines.
QOTD – Love the zork, very handy & quick. I have only had it on Plungerhead Zinfandel ($18.00/California)
Very one dimensional for the money though. It went up several dollars a bottle the next time I saw it on the shelf, wasn’t worth it the first time.
I have done a little bottling as a volunteer at a winery in north Texas and we tried the Zork manual system as a test. I have not talked to the owner to see how the bottles are holding up in storage but I can say that Zorking the bottles was a pain.
The devise used to apply it did not really stand up to a small production run. We had to use a rubber mallet and brute force to set them properly.
Now the wine we bottled … it tastes great!
I am new to the Vaynerchuck World. I love all the videos so far. This was very informative. I like that you do tastings not just based on region or varietal but also on something like the cork type (or closure or whatever you called it.)
I am going to send an email to my peeps that I do In Home Wine Tastings for and see if we can get some “Zorked Wines”. I think it would be interesting to do a wine tasting of wines with different closures. OK, I know it is impossible to find such wines all from the same region and vintage and of the same varietal but it would still be fun. The closures of which I am aware are cork, screw cap, synthetic cork, and now zork. Any others???
The Traveling Wineaux
QOTD: I am a traditionalist at times so, I don’t like it.
I can totally see where the zork people are coming from. I personally don’t mind screw caps but I do understand that the aesthetics of the zork may have more appeal to staunch cork fans. Would be smart if the zork parts were recyclable, are they?
From a service perspective the zork is very easy to open and can be done quickly. At table side service it is a great conversation piece as well. I wonder, can it be used in different bottles? Then you never have to buy those decorative cork stoppers again and you are recycling!!
despite the ease of opening, Zork Closures are still synthetic plastic cork closures that can give a plasticized flavor to wines. They are cheaper and designed for cheap wines. My winery has moved away from synthetic corks to screw-caps for wines that are not meant to cellar-age. Great show Gary!
GV: I went to the wine store and bought a bottle of Red Knot, thinking I would taste it while watching WLTV to see if I could pick up some of the smells/tastes like you do (my “pal” is unsophisticated), but it turns out I bought the syrah instead. Have to go to the store again. Will keep trying. Keep up the good work. But I’m liking the syrah. The Zork is fine. I like it better than a screw top, not as well as the traditional cork.
Looks like a nice idea, but would question if it gave the wine a synthetic taste.
QOTD: The Zork works for me- and I like th fact that the tops are interchangeable for almost any other bottle to re-cork for a perfect fit every time. I’ve used the Zork on the 2006 Leese-Fitch Chardonnay.
Never “zorked”, but it looks fine to me. Other than the “unknown” of how the Stelvin Enclosure (AKA “screw top”) affects aging, I think the use of natural corks has actually outlived its usefulness. I’ve had “corked” wines several times and because state law forbids returning alcoholic beverages, I’m just screwed. No pun intended. Give me anything other than a cork if it means eliminating the chances of infected wine. What is that stat? 90% of wine purchased in the US is consumed immediately?? Something like that… Why do you need a cork?
The zork makes a nifty pop. Have never had a zorked bottle. Does the material of the zork affect the wine, though?
Interesting show. QOTD: No i have not. I like the closure, although I feel it only would fit well with the types of wines you had today, the cool name, easy going somewhat cheaper wines. Hard to imagine that closure being popular in Burgundy.
QOTD: Never used one but it looks to be an interesting concept, esp. with concerns about corked wines and possible cork shortages in the future. My only concerns would be how the Zork helps wine age or chemical reactions but if theres no difference I think we have the future right there.
The Zork is super cool. I’m going to use them on a batch of wine I’m brewing right now. I’ll let you know how they are to apply. Thanks for the show!
Glad you liked the Hey Mambo, I’ve got a bottle of Plungerhead (by The Other Guys too) that I’m looking forward to opening. Plus, I mentioned you to the guys at Don Sebastiani the other day when I had a second interview there, so if I get the job, I’ll buy you a beer the next time you’re in Sonoma.
QOTD: The Zork is the next big thing. It looks a little weird, but it totally makes sense. Give it just a bit more time, and I think it’ll become a lot more common.
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