The Corkxedo, Old Corks Take A Turn As Formal Wear
I love Wine Spectator's Unfiltered column, it never fails to call my attention to something that makes me smile. Today, the ultimate solution to what to do with leftover corks, the Corkxedo. The Corkxedo was created by Los Angeles wine lover Dave Hamilton who spent around ten months putting together a top hat, cane and jacket with tails that are all made of whole corks drilled, reinforced and woven and knotted with nylon twine. The set contains the corks of more than 240 wineries and the oldest cork is a 1935 Chateau Lynch-Bages. Hamilton isn't averse to selling the Corkxedo either, he guesses the size 44 jacket would auction off in the $35,000 to $40,000 range. It occurs to me that some enterprising craftsperson could have quite a business turning the collected corks of oenophiles into functional objects. More inspiration can be found at this great post on Terramia.