Guys, should I make that :-) a little bigger?
That was my big tongue in my big cheek...
But seriously, all my high tech stuff will eventually trickle down to the low tech world of wine making - when the cost gets low enough...
Just look at all that chemical wizardry the wine makers are using to tweak the wine that were not available a few decades ago.
Missing cork is definitely low on the priority list of wine making, but once the high tech stuff become your normal tech, it will get picked up - by any low tech industry.
Got another method for detecting missing-cork bottles...
Send the finished bottle over a precision scale, measure the weight of the finished bottle, kick out the bottle that is lighter (by about the weight of the cork) to a different bin.
Why zin1953, is it that obvious? :-)
By trade, I'm a chip designer (semiconductor chip, that is) who just happen to like (drinking) wine.
Come to think of it, the problem of detecting a missing cork in the wine bottling process should be quite simple to accomplish - by adding a laser/LED sensor in the capsuling machine to not install the capsule when the cork is missing.
This will allow the human operator to easily spot the odd bottle without the capsule.
Picked up a bottle of 2007 Rosenblum "Harris Kratka Vineyard" Alexander Valley Zinfandel last Sunday afternoon, The Tax Day, April 15, 2012, from a local wine store.
At the dinner table, I tore the foil off and was staring down the neck of the bottle directly at the juice itself!
Decades of wine drinking and thousand plus bottles of wine consumed, from 2 buck chuck to Penfolds Grange, this is the first time I've encountered a bottle of wine protected by a simple foil seal.
Well, the bottle of Federweißer I bought in a September festival a few years back in Germany was only sealed with a foil - but they actually poked a few holes in the foil to let the carbonation dissipate.
On Monday, yesterday, I took the wine back to the store (without drinking it, of course) and they quickly replaced the bottle - after making sure that the replacement bottle did have something solid like a cork underneath the foil (with the poke of a pen.)
The wine store:
Just came back from a trip to Prague and Munich and had my first taste of Federweisser (or burčák in Czech) and it was wonderful!
So I started digging for a place that makes/sells it near home and finally found a place close to home that offers this wonderful elixir, but only for ONE day (during the grape harvest time, naturally).
Here's the info:
Oktoberfest Wine Country Lunch at Schug Winery (Oct. 17