Recorked: Authenticating A Bottle Part I

Recorked: Authenticating A Bottle Part I

by Chuck Hayward


A certificate is attached to any bottle that passes these tests and is entered in a database to further guarantee the authenticity of the recorking process. There is no winery on the planet that performs this free service for their customers.

Peter and the senior winemaking staff of Penfolds recently visited San Francisco for the only recorking clinic in the US market. I have had the fortune to see many clinics in Australia but this clinic was extra special as I brought a 1959 Grange from one of JJ Buckley consignors to be assessed... and possibly rejected!! It was a nerve-racking experience as the wine was uncorked and then tasted.

You will find out what happened when you read my detailed blog on the Penfolds Recorking Clinic very soon!!

Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago

Chief Winemaker Peter Gago explains the recorking process to the group at Cellar 360 in San Francisco.