Thursday, October 4, 2007

Got Corks?

Back in the late 1970's I was dating someone whose father kept all the corks from all of the wine that he and his family drank at home. He kept them, he told me, because he thought the corks were too beautiful to throw away.

I'm not aware that my girlfriend's dad ever used the corks for anything other than aesthetic pleasure and perhaps , like a gunslinger who notches his gun after each kill, a mnemonic device to remind himself of all the bottles he drank . But his eccentric habit made so much sense to me that I began keeping corks too.

The picture at left represents a large fraction (probably 60%) of the corks that I have pulled from wine bottles at home since about 1980. Over the almost three decades that I've been collecting them, I've used a variety of systems for getting them from the dining room or kitchen to wherever my living arrangements dictated that they be stored. Nowadays, the pulled corks spend a few months in a specially designated kitchen drawer. Then when the drawer becomes too full, I bag them up and bring them into the cellar.

It's fun to go through and try to remember from what period a particular group is from. I am rarely able to place the cork from a specific bottle to a particular moment in space and time, but there are two or three, I reckon, that I haven't forgotten.

10 comments:

fiat lux said...

There's a beautiful crystal bowl in my china hutch filled with a huge pile of corks from wines I've drunk.

In the not too distant future I'm going to have to either start another pile or throw some out. :(

I've heard that you can buy a do-it-yourself corkboard kit sized for wine corks and have been thinking that might be one way of showcasing particularly nice or memorable ones.....

The Foodist said...

The most interesting "use" of corks I have ever seen was at the Flagstaff House in Boulder, CO.

They spread the used corks around the flower bed like top soil. Makes for an interesting display, but Im sure it does nothing for the plant life.

Scotty said...

We have bags of corks. I don't know what we are saving them for except a vague promise by my wife to use them to make a wreath out of them.

The only ones we make a point of collecting are those from Redwood Creek. It is agreeable Plonk, but the corks are collectible "Adventure Tools. The one in my hand is Adventure Tool #7 a portable ruler.

Tags said...

http://studiokitchen.typepad.com/studiokitchen/2007/09/funniest-pictur.html

Crazy Raven Productions said...

http://www.wineintro.com/products/corks/corkboard.html

A few different takes on turning wine corks into corkboards. Might be a different and nifty way to actually display/use some of those cool corks.

Anton Zuiker said...

I collected the corks I pulled during my time as wine pourer at an Italian restaurant in Honolulu, and when I got home around midnight, my tips went into an oatmeal container and the corks I hot-glued into a frame for a corkboard that, once finished, flew over the sea to my distant girlfriend. She's now my wife, and the corkboard is here with us.h

Bob del Grosso said...

Anton
That's a nice story that (in part) left me wondering where the corkboard is hanging.

Lots of people have suggested I use the corks to make a board, but I really don't have any use for such a thing. Besides, I have my heart set on making them into a floor.
Trouble is, I don't have enough corks to make a floor larger than circa 20 sq. ft. So it's either drink a lot more wine, or settle for a doormat.

Crazy Raven Productions said...

Well, you DO have a lot of readers... I'm sure if you asked real nice, people would send you some... :)

IdahoRocks said...

A guy actually made a bot of corks and then took sail. Don't believe me? Check out www.corkboat.com.

Bob del Grosso said...

IdahoRocks
Well if that don't beat bread with a stick. Very cool, thanks for that bit of inspiration.