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Zork’s New Wine Closure


For a generation of us, “Zork” is one of the essential video game titles of all time: A text-based adventure game that some might say is responsible for really getting computer games off the ground, however primitive the game may be by today’s standards.

Now “Zork” takes on a new meaning: It’s a rubberized wine closure, a play on words (I suppose) on “zero cork.”

The stopper is all plastic, and removing it initially means peeling off the strip around the base of the stopper (see the video below for a better example), then pulling the remaining piece of the stopper from the bottle. I tried a couple of these installed on sample bottles and found it worked reasonably well (and was sort-of fun), though it can sometimes be tough to pry the actual stopper out (they make it look a lot easier on the video).

Available in myriad colors, watch out for Zork as an alternative to screwcaps and other non-cork stoppers.


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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. Rich G. April 6, 2009

    I just want to know if there’s a grue on the bottom.

  2. Mead Man July 19, 2012

    I have gallons of mead corked with Zorks stoppers aging in a cellar. Have discovered that after a few months the zorks are beginning to split. Now I fear a tremendous amount of work will be ruined by oxygenation.
    Clearly the technology needs work and I am now going to use corks instead- bummer. So I don’t recommend storing anything in them for more than 2 months.


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