SEALING WAX AND BOTTLES OF WINE
Venetian seafarers brought it to Spain from India, where it was used to seal manuscripts. It was exported to France and later to the rest of Europe and America from Spain and this is why it was called "wax of Spain" for a long time.
The sealing wax starts to be related to wine bottles when Fernando IV ordered to add a royal seal to the neck of the bottles brought for him and this seal could only be broken when the King so permitted, on pain of death.
Nowadays the utilization of sealing wax for the bottles of wine grants prestige, image and distinction. Our winery, Fincas de Azabache, applies the sealing with wax to our new incorporation Coscojares and it is a entirely hand-crafted process. Coscojares has the recognition of Viñedo Singular doCa Rioja and we only produce 4000 bottles, each numbered.
Regarding the uncorking of a bottle with sealing wax, you can find many complicated methods at this respect but the easiest and more efficient way of doing it, is directly inserting the spiral of the corkscrew through the wax and lever it till it breaks. And then, slowly pull out the cork, with care so no waste falls inside the bottle and once the cork is out, clean the neck of the bottle always from inside to outside...and just enjoy it!!