Screw Top Wine or Cork! Which is Best?
Do you believe some of the wines that are coming out as Screw Top Wine?
What I learned early on from the wine snobs is that screw top wine are the lesser wines or the bulk wines. But lately I have been opening up some very nice wines that in the past have had wine corks but now have become screw top wine.
Screw Top Wine – Eliminate a problem – that would be good!
How About Synthetic Wine Corks
Derived from plastic, synthetic corks appeared to be an alternative to natural wine corks. But wine makers are leaving them because of their inability to keep oxidation out of the wine for any real length of time. This significantly decreases the shelf life of a wine and the aging potential of those wines. I have learned to hate those plastic wine corks because of the effort it takes to get the wine corks out
Screw Top Wine
Is the screw top the best seal for bottled wines? First they eliminate the corked and oxidation problem associated with tainted or dried wine corks. How about aging a wine? Hogue Cellars from Washington State has completed a two and half year test comparing natural wine corks, synthetic corks and the Stelvin screw caps. Their findings suggest utilizing screw tops over either natural or synthetic wine corks is a good idea. The wines do not get tainted and the screw top wine offers a more consistent aging while maintaining the flavor and freshness of the wine. If screw top wines do have a downside, its you loose the romance of opening and pulling the wine corks with the flair of your corkscrew.
Natural Wine Corks = Corked Wine
Natural wine corks as a stopper have been around for centuries. Wine corks are sanitized with a chemical called TCA and have been known to taint the bottled wine in a small percentage of the cases. This is know as a corked wine. Of course this ruins the wine and gives it a very flat, musty odor. Ever smell wet newspapers that have been sitting a bit. No one knows why this happens and why some wine corks do it over another cork.
Are Wine Corks on the Way Out?
I still wonder how well a wine will age over a longer time span with a screw top. I don’t think natural wine corks are on the way out because of history and tradition of the old world wine makers. It would just fell funny putting away a screw top wine for 5 or 10 years. That being said I think the screw top wine is here to stay.
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