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Corks vs Screwcaps

Posted by Philip James, Apr 18, 2007.

Bottle enclosures used to be simple. Cork=good. Screwcap=bad.

The lines are now blurring more than ever. It started with the Australians using screwcaps for the majority of their bottles, no matter the price. New Zealand, South Africa, South America and the rest of the New World then began to follow suit.

Meanwhile, Europe held steadfastly onto the cork for all but the most inexpensive wines.

Just last month, a consortium of highly regarded French Wineries announced they would begin using screwcaps.

Technically, screwcaps are better than corks for most wines as there is no risk of the screwcap going mouldy. There is still some debate on whether the finest wines, meant for long aging, should be used with a seal as airtight as a screwcap, or whether the slighly porous cork will allow the wine to age more gracefully.

For the remaining 99% of wines, this is a step forward.


Blog comment by Bcheung, Apr 18, 2007.

Looks like you guys are off to a great start! Never thought about the merits of using screwcaps vs. corks. Learn something new every day, especially for a wine dummy like myself. To paraphase the old Virigina Slims cigarette slogan, "You've come a long way Philip James!"

Blog comment by Snooth Blog Cheating at tasting (part 2), May 8, 2007.

[...] as you open the wine, check the cork. It used to be that screw caps were bad, but thats no longer the case. However, a cheap synthetic [...]

Reply by Philip James, May 10, 2007.

The Wine Messenger wrote a good piece about this today:

Reply by amour, Mar 28, 2010.

This topic seems to be back in vogue!

So, here it is again!

Reply by zufrieden, Apr 1, 2010.

Well, if you took the time to look, this topic has been in vogue all along. You need not breath life into a stale, moldy fire-starter that Phillip began to kick-start the site (and actually, in case this seems a bit harsh, a little style-cramping might be in order here).  Try the search function on some term identified with this topic and see what happens...

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