When we booked the "Algarve jeep safari," they promised a tour to the interior to show there was more to Portugal's southernmost region than beaches, bars and golf courses. We passed through remote villages; stopped off at a couple of out-of-the-way places for a coffee break and lunch; visited a distillery; and finally stopped in a cork oak grove, where Tomás our guide gave an interesting presentation.


At home, I usually drink wine in a screwtop bottle. I know there’s a bit of controversy about it, but for me  the wine is just the same. The main advantage is that if you don’t drink all the wine at one go, you can put the cap back on and stick it back in the fridge or wine rack.

The cork still has its place, though. That is, corks made out of actual cork (in my view, the plastic cork is the invention of the Devil - and which by the way should be disposed of responsibly, rather than crushing it contemptuously underfoot as it deserves).

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