Remember when the wine industry (at least at the lower end of the market) tried to switch from real corks to plastic corks? This article will make you glad that wine lovers voiced their opinions and fought for the real deal. As it turns out, cork is not only the life of the party, it has many after the party lives as well. Cork is a fascinating material. It all starts in the forest. Cork oaks are harvested every nine years, once they reach maturity. It doesn't harm the tree, and the cork bark regrows. Most cork forests are in Portugal and Spain. If you’re drinking the good stuff you probabl..