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Episode 104 - Wine Country
Money isn't the only thing that grows on trees. So do corks, on the cork oak to be specific. Found in Europe's wine-growing region along the Mediterranean, cork oaks are stripped of their bark every eight years or so. The bark is rugged, thick and spongy, pale grey or brown. Oddly enough this bark actually protects the tree in the event of a forest fire. Corks are made of this bark, enough for hundreds of thousands of local bottles of wine per year.