A very tough cork!

I had a rude shock on Thursday 22 March, 2007 when I attempted to open a bottle of Binomio Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC 2000. I used my trusty German WMF Korkenzieher which has never failed to do the job until now. The cork refused to budge despite my best efforts. Later. I brought out the heavy artillery and used my KDK lever action corkscrew. Before using it, I carefully inserted the blade of my Swiss Army knife all around the circumference of the cork. Then, the cork was finally out!
I found out why it had been so difficult to remove. This cork is 5.5cm long when most other corks are only 4.5cm long!
Anyway, the balanced wine was superb with supple tannins and ripe flavours of candied Amarena cherries. I savoured the wine and used some of it to marinade 800g of mixed fruit from Angas Park, South Australia, and then made my ultra delicious marvellous The Travelling Gourmet’s fruit cake with Mauritian vanilla. It came out of the oven after 1 hour and 38 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius. It is a cake to kill for. Beautiful!

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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