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Portugal Plots Comeback for Natural Cork

Corks have been steadily replaced by synthetic stoppers and metal screwcaps on wine bottles. The decline in traditional corks has hurt the economy of Portugal, which produces more than half the world's cork. Now, a leading Portuguese cork maker has developed a process that steams out the fungus that causes cork taint, which can ruin a bottle of wine. Plus, cork is being touted as environmentally friendly.

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