By Kori ~ September 20th, 2011.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is bung.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
A bung, made of glass, plastic, rubber, earthenware, silicone, or wood, is a barrelâ€™s stopper, analogous to the cork of a bottle. It is inserted in a bung-hole. â€¦.
Since oxygen tends to enter a barrel around the bung-hole, silicone bungs are sometimes used to keep a particularly tight fit. â€¦.
Depending on the amount of evaporation, and the spare time available to the winery staff, topping up is done anywhere from twice a week to once every six weeks. â€¦.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
A bung is a closure used to seal a wine barrel.
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