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Fine wine lovers urged to choose bottles topped with cork
Published on 23/07/2010

Individuals considering purchasing a wine hamper as a present for a loved one may want to opt for luxury gift hampers that have bottles of wine with corks, rather than screw caps.

Associacao Portuguesa de Cortica (Apcor) is encouraging those who enjoy a glass of fine wine to get behind a campaign and pledge to choose wines that use natural cork tops, rather than plastic lids to help protect the environment.

According to Apcor, £11.5 billion is spent on wine in the UK every year and it wants the 21 million people who imbibe such beverages to do their bit in bringing about a change in the wine industry.

Consumer champion and Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury is backing the initiative and said not enough corks are recycled.

"We need to put a little bit of pressure on the retailers to make people more aware of these things and perhaps exercise more choice when they are choosing the wine and go for the natural option," she added.

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