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Screw Corks

May 14, 2010

Reading the most recent issue of Wine Spectator I came across a bit of wonderful news for wine drinkers…

The results of a study conducted by the Australian Wine Research Institute testing the efficacy of a variety of wine closures finally came to an end after a full decade of observation; and the winner is… the screw cap!

Researchers sealed bottles of Semillon with fourteen different closures including different traditional corks, synthetic corks and screw caps. They sampled bottles periodically over the course of the study and it quickly became clear that only the screw cap, also known as the stelvin closure, would stand the test of time.

 The proof is in the Semillon that looks like pudding!  It seems time to move on from the slightly romanticized tradition of popping corks and from dealing with cork-tainted bottles.  High-end producers are using screw cap closures more and more as they venture into the new millenium of wine drinking.

The success of the screw cap is also a victory for environmentally conscious oenophiles everywhere as the need for lumber to make corks should hopefully dwindle.

Austria (as well as Australia) seems to have already embraced the screw cap.  High quality wines like the Huber Gruner Veltliner have long been sealed with twist-off tops and taste as fresh and delicious as ever.

Long live and prosper, screw caps!

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  1. June 2, 2010 1:36 am

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