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Cork door Our recent (Nov. 29) article on uses for old wine corks attracted a large number of E-mail responses, all of them interesting - thanks to all of you who got in touch.

I can't resist sharing New Yorker Todd Greeno's report:

"I enjoyed your column on using old wine corks," Todd wrote. "I have a straw basket where I put each cork when I open a bottle, and when I have enough corks, I use them for some new project. My last project was to cover the doors to my wine cellar. This was a simple project - I first split all of my corks in half length-wise, and sorted them on whether the lettering was horizontal or vertical. I then traced the outline of a Pinot Noir glass, and selected vertical corks to fill in the shape. Then I used horizontal corks fill in the "background" I also used contrasting shades where possible (some corks retained some of the Burgundy color from that precious juice they were protecting!) so the glass would appear to have some wine in it, and the crystal stem would 'shine.' I finished the door with cork edging, again using vertical or horizontal lettering so the winery names could be easily read. A Champagne cork was used as the door pull.

"It's a nice way to remember the various wines!"

Indeed it is, and thanks to Todd for sharing his project.

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