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2011
ZORK® SPK Wins International Packaging Award ZORK® SPK Wins International Packaging Award (284 KB)BREDA, NETHERLANDS; ZORK® SPK, the re-sealable closure for sparkling wine, has been awarded a German Packaging Award for packaging innovation and design. 237 submissions across all types of packaging were judged based on novelty, functionality, performance, aesthetic, economic, environmental and safety factors. The ZORK® SPK was one of just 21 winning entries selected for a German Packaging Award. The ceremony took place on 9th of November at the Brau Beviale technology exhibition in Nuremberg,
ZORK™ SPK wins Starpack Award for Scholle Packaging ZORK™ SPK wins Starpack Award for Scholle Packaging (81 KB)Scholle Packaging dominated this year’s prestigious Starpack packaging awards in the United Kingdom. At the awards presentation in London on 22nd September Scholle developments picked up 4 awards, including best in show.
Scholle Packaging acquires ZORK™ Scholle Packaging acquires ZORK™ (199 KB)Scholle Packaging acquires ZORK™ Irvine, CA- May 13, 2011- Scholle Packaging, the Pioneer of Bag-In-Box™, announces the acquisition of ZORK, pioneering developer of ‘peel and reseal’ closures for wine and spirits.
ZORK Contributes to The Other Guys’ 66 Percent Sales Increase ZORK Contributes to The Other Guys’ 66 Percent Sales Increase (17 KB)Sonoma, CA February 18, 2011 — According to Richard Zeller, Chief Operating Officer of The Other Guys (TOG) wine brands, use of the ZORK closure has been a key factor in the brands’ 2010 record sales. Despite a depressed economy and a lackluster U.S. wine market, sales were robust, increasing by 66 percent between 2009 and 2010, for three of TOG’s brands: Leese-Fitch, Hey Mambo, and Plungerhead. MooBuzz, Pennywise, and The White Knight also showed significant gains.
ZORK Wows Unified and ZAP Attendees ZORK Wows Unified and ZAP Attendees (95 KB)Sonoma, CA February 11, 2011 — Feedback at ZORK USA’s recent exhibits at the Unified Symposium in Sacramento and the ZAP Festival in San Francisco exceeded expectations this year.
Fifth Annual Dark & Delicious Food and Wine Event Attracts Tremendous Sponsor Support Fifth Annual Dark & Delicious Food and Wine Event Attracts Tremendous Sponsor Support (21 KB)WINDSOR, CA: PS I Love You’s Dark & Delicious’s Fifth Annual Food and Wine Event, taking place in Alameda on February 18, 2011, has attracted a tremendous group of sponsors, who are all related to the food and wine industry.
ZORK at ZAP: Pin-Ups and Prizes ZORK at ZAP: Pin-Ups and Prizes (12 KB)
ZORK Introduces Collaborative POS Program at Unified ZORK Introduces Collaborative POS Program at Unified (48 KB)


2010
New re-sealable bottle top set to revolutionise sparkling wine market New re-sealable bottle top set to revolutionise sparkling wine market (59 KB)A revolutionary new re-sealable top for sparkling wine is being launched in the UK by Tesco this week. The breakthrough means that consumers who would like just a glass of sparkling wine won’t have to worry about the rest of the bottle going flat as the new device will totally reseal it.
ZORK inventor on primetime Simon Mayo Show ZORK inventor on primetime Simon Mayo Show (28 KB)Zork inventor, John Brooks, was interviewed live on prime time radio on Friday (15th October). John Brooks featured in the Innovations Slot during the popular Simon Mayo Drive Time BBC Radio 2 show.
John Brooks interviewed by BBC Radio 1's Simon Mayo 17.10.10 John Brooks interviewed by BBC Radio 1's Simon Mayo 17.10.10 (6752 KB)Listen to John Brooks discussion ZORK SPK with BBC Radio's Simon Mayo. Simon joined Radio 5 live in May 2001. His show features the hugely popular film review with Mark Kermode every Friday at 3pm.
ZORK recevies Wine Industry Suppliers Association 'Donaldson & Walsh' Export Award ZORK recevies Wine Industry Suppliers Association 'Donaldson & Walsh' Export Award (19 KB)ZORK’s new resealable closure for sparkling wine won the ‘Donaldson & Walsh Export Award’. With many overseas markets already established, ZORK is rapidly increasing its export sales. Already a well-established South Australian company, ZORK continues to grow the State’s export business.
ZORK “Here to Stay” at Manzanita Creek Winery ZORK “Here to Stay” at Manzanita Creek Winery (27 KB)Healdsburg, CA September 21, 2010 — Jack L. Salerno and his brother, William, the winemakers at Manzanita Creek Winery, recently conducted a test of sorts. The weekend of September 18, 2010, the winery hosted a lobster fest, with unopened bottles of the winery’s Alfonso Old Vines Zinfandel—all of which are capped with ZORK—placed on every table.
Bent Metal Winery. Distinctive Name, Wines & Packaging 10.07.06 Bent Metal Winery. Distinctive Name, Wines & Packaging 10.07.06 (62 KB)Grass Valley, CA July 6, 2010 — Scott Brown and his wife, Judy, enjoy being different. Their winery is off the beaten track, in beautiful Grass Valley; their quirky brand name is derived from the 28 years Scott spent inspecting “bent metal” in highway crashes; their award-winning wines are made using alternative cooperage techniques; and their packaging features the unique ZORK closure.
ZORK & Olive Oil. A perfect Combo 10.06.22 ZORK & Olive Oil. A perfect Combo 10.06.22 (54 KB)Napa, CA June 22, 2010 — When Lillian and Richard Dickson recently learned their Regina Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) had won a second Gold Medal at the highly respected Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, they remarked on the coincidence: The Competition was founded in 2000, the same year they planted their first Taggiasca olive trees on their Napa estate.
Fine Wine in Texas 10.06.08 Fine Wine in Texas 10.06.08 (56 KB)Dallas, TX June 8, 2010 — Lee Fuqua (pronounced few-qway) takes winemaking very seriously. So seriously that his winery’s motto is “serious wine for serious wine drinkers” and his focus on award-winning handcrafted wines means he uses only the best grapes, techniques, and equipment throughout the entire winemaking process, including aging his wines in expensive French oak barrels from the famous forests of Limousin, Bourgogne, Troncais, and Vosges.
The Other Guys Brand Line Praises ZORK for Saleability 09.11.22 The Other Guys Brand Line Praises ZORK for Saleability 09.11.22 (23 KB)San Francisco, CA November 22, 2009 — Jim Knapp, Communications Director for Don Sebastiani and Sons’ The Other Guys brand line, reports a steady increase in sales of all its labels that use the ZORK closure, attributing much of the line’s popularity to ZORK’s protection of the wine, its convenience, and its resealability and reuseability. According to Knapp, ZORK has been widely accepted by consumers, retailers, bartenders, and sommeliers since the brand line’s launch in 2005.
Solomon Wine Company Caps Third Year with ZORK 09.10.27 Solomon Wine Company Caps Third Year with ZORK 09.10.27 (48 KB)San Francisco, CA October 27, 2009 — Calling his recent bottling with the ZORK® closure “the most efficient bottling we’ve ever done for this brand,” Solomon Wine Company principal, Rich Boone, recently completed the winery’s 3rd bottling with ZORK and AT Mobile Bottling Line LLC. The ZORK capped Solomon’s Muse Brand labels, Mingle (750 cases of a white varietal blend) and Carnivale (330 cases of a Syrah-based sangria).
Walla Walla's Sapolil Cellars Successfully Hand-Applies ZORK, 09.08.12 Walla Walla's Sapolil Cellars Successfully Hand-Applies ZORK, 09.08.12 (57 KB)San Francisco, CA August 12, 2009 — According to Abigail Schwerin, winemaker for Sapolil Cellars in Walla Walla, WA, hand applying ZORK closures to their ’08 Gandy Dancer, a proprietary red blend, went smoothly and in record time last week. Taking place on the Sapolil premises on August 6th, the bottling was the third time the winery has used ZORK, the first was for their 2007 Chardonnay and the second for their 2008 Chardonnay.
My Babies are Safe 09.07.23 My Babies are Safe 09.07.23 (21 KB)Napa, CA. July 23, 2009 — In a follow up to the press release sent out last month, the bottling by AT Mobile Bottling Line LLC of Manzanita Creek’s new Zinfandel with the ZORK closure went smoothly, according to both AT Mobile’s John Davis and Manzanita Creek’s Jack L. Salerno. The bottling took place on Wednesday, July 15th at Manzanita Creek’s Healdsburg location in Sonoma County. Salerno had this to say about the bottling:
ZORK Wine Closures Meet Approval from U.S. Wineries ZORK Wine Closures Meet Approval from U.S. Wineries (63 KB)ZORK wine closures were introduced in the U.S. market in 2008, and since then, have won over dozens of wineries with their wine-protection benefits, practical features, and eco-friendly attributes.
From Drug Enforcement to Winemaking (US) 10.04.05 From Drug Enforcement to Winemaking (US) 10.04.05 (56 KB)Sonoma, CA April 5, 2010 — Some might think it would be a great leap to become a winemaker after 10 years chasing drug traffickers in the Caribbean. But when Greg Lambrecht was stationed in Petaluma, CA, during his 23-year stint in the Coast Guard, he fell in love with the wine regions and wine.
Wine Trail Traveler Romance and the Wine Bottle 10.03.01 Wine Trail Traveler Romance and the Wine Bottle 10.03.01 (39 KB)Wine is a romantic drink. The romance of wine often extends to the bottle and its closure. Some believe that a romantic evening begins with the sound of the cork popping out of the bottle. Are all wine bottle closures equally quixotic?
Consumer Feedback Best Thing About ZORK 10.02.19 Consumer Feedback Best Thing About ZORK 10.02.19 (52 KB)San Francisco, CA February 19, 2010 — Galena, IL-based Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery recently capped its new Sangria and Sangrita wines with the ZORK closure, according to winemaker, Christine Lawlor-White. The winery produces over 40 varietals annually and is currently partnered with the University of Illinois to grow 20 new hybrids that will be characteristic of the Northern Illinois region.
Pharmacist Optometrist Turns Award-Winning Winemaker (US) 10.07.01 Pharmacist Optometrist Turns Award-Winning Winemaker (US) 10.07.01 (66 KB)San Francisco, CA January 7, 2010 — After winning numerous awards as an amateur, pharmacist/optometrist winemaker, Gary Gougér of Gougér Cellars, recently finished production of four varietals of his 2009 wines. He currently has seven wines and a port from blends of 12 varietals: #901, #829, #128, #111, #903, #714, as well as a Muscat Ottonel and a Port. All but the Port are bottled with the ZORK closure.
Evans & Tate Launches Zamphire 10.01.04 Evans & Tate Launches Zamphire 10.01.04 (31 KB)A solution to a common problem faced by Australian Sparkling wine consumers is now solved - officially launched today Zamphire by Evans & Tate is a sophisticated new Sparkling wine featuring a brand new, innovative wine closure.


2009 News

Red Leight and ZORK Go Hollywood 09.12.14 Red Leight and ZORK Go Hollywood 09.12.14 (51 KB)
Corks and Corks can Pop Again PKN 09.12.01 SPK Corks and Corks can Pop Again PKN 09.12.01 SPK (1339 KB)
A winning way to cap it all off Adelaide Advertiser 09.11.19 SPK A winning way to cap it all off Adelaide Advertiser 09.11.19 SPK (445 KB)
Haselgrove Adopts ZORK SPK 09.11.06.pdf Haselgrove Adopts ZORK SPK 09.11.06.pdf (42 KB)
ZORK Takes Top SA Design Award DWN 09.10.06 SPK ZORK Takes Top SA Design Award DWN 09.10.06 SPK (129 KB)
ZORK takes Top SA Design Award - ZORK Media Release ZORK takes Top SA Design Award - ZORK Media Release (22 KB)
Australian company wins innovation award DWN 09.10.06 SPK.pdf Australian company wins innovation award DWN 09.10.06 SPK.pdf (86 KB)
Another Victory for Synthetic Closures FoodEngineeringMag.com (US) 09.10.01 STL Another Victory for Synthetic Closures FoodEngineeringMag.com (US) 09.10.01 STL (20 KB)
ZORK Takes Gold at 2009 APA 09.10.02 - ZORK Media Release ZORK Takes Gold at 2009 APA 09.10.02 - ZORK Media Release (27 KB)
Bottle-your-own wine facility lets consumers make packaging choices (US) Packaging Digest09.09.21 ST Bottle-your-own wine facility lets consumers make packaging choices (US) Packaging Digest09.09.21 ST (213 KB)
Alternative Closures, the Sparkling Wine Edition 09.07.24 Halogen Life SPK.pdf Alternative Closures, the Sparkling Wine Edition 09.07.24 Halogen Life SPK.pdf (43 KB)
McWilliams gives seal of approval to new bubbly SMH 09.08.11 SPK McWilliams gives seal of approval to new bubbly SMH 09.08.11 SPK (68 KB)
Green Family Winery. A vintner's well-rounded journey to the grape Examiner.com (US) 09.07.26 STL. Green Family Winery. A vintner's well-rounded journey to the grape Examiner.com (US) 09.07.26 STL. (46 KB)
Australian Wine Launches Innovation to solve Common Challenge The Shout 09.07.29 SPK Australian Wine Launches Innovation to solve Common Challenge The Shout 09.07.29 SPK (58 KB)
ZORK releases world's first resealable sparkling closure Decanter.com  09.07.22 .pdf ZORK releases world's first resealable sparkling closure Decanter.com 09.07.22 .pdf (70 KB)
Pop Top Brings Back the Fizz SMH 09.07.20 SPK Pop Top Brings Back the Fizz SMH 09.07.20 SPK (89 KB)
Weekday Breakfast with Alan Richardson 12.07.09 SPK Weekday Breakfast with Alan Richardson 12.07.09 SPK (12587 KB)
I'll Drink To That 07/09 I'll Drink To That 07/09 (302 KB)
Stopper that seal the deal Stopper that seal the deal (1338 KB)


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