When browsing MoreWine!'s selection of wine corks, it may be difficult to know which one is best for your particular wine. Choosing the correct cork comes down to two factors: how long the wine will be in the bottle before it gets consumed, and economics. If you will be bottling a simple, fruity wine that will be drunk within a year, then you probably don't need a wine cork that is rated for 15 -20 years (a grade 1, natural cork will absolutely do the job, but at 1.27$ a piece it is probably a bit overkill for this situation!). On the other hand, if you have made a wine that you will be appreciating for the next 5-10 years then it doesn't make sense to close that bottle with a wine cork that is only rated for 1 year, either! When choosing your cork, therefore, the goal is to strike a balance between the projected lifespan of the wine and how much you need to spend to ensure the wine is protected for this duration.
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*Please note: due to the firm nature of the polymers used to make them, synthetic corks do not compress as easily as natural corks. If you are using a hand corker this is an important detail to keep in mind because hand corkers do not generate enough compression to be able to completely insert a synthetic wine cork into a bottle: If you are using a hand corker we recommend only using natural corks. Floor corkers, on the other hand, easily generate the necessary compression to work with synthetic corks with no problem.