Blog: Chris Brook-CarterCorking holiday

Chris Brook-Carter | 22 September 2004

A big thanks to my editors Olly Wehring (news) and Ben Cooper (features) for holding the fort while I have been away. It certainly seems to have been a busy couple of weeks and it's taken me quite some time to get back up to speed with all that has been happening - from the boardroom of Mondavi, to Molson and Coors and the latest bad news from Coca-Cola.

Thanks to everyone who sent words of support for the wedding. Both Abby (my wife) and I had a fantastic time, despite, as Olly  so kindly pointed out on these pages, the hole in my wallet from having to send out for more Champagne half way through the day - that damn heat!

The honeymoon was good too, although even out in Kenya its hard to get away from work. Our last night in the Masai Mara was spent in a tented lodge in the middle of nowhere. We celebrated with a BBQ and a bottle of Chilean white wine. Unbelieveably the wine was corked - badly.

Trying to explain to the waiters, whose command of English was only slightly better than my Swahili, that I couldn't drink the bottle was very interesting to say the least. They got very embarrassed that I was returning the bottle because it wasn't good enough; I got even more embarrassed that I hadn't just kept quiet; and it all ended with them telling me they would no longer buy from this Chilean producer because the wine had let them down, despite my protests that it was only this particular bottle that was bad.

Guess it just goes to show what a global problem cork taint is, and, in fact, how even more serious it is in developing markets where the issue isn't understood at all.


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