Cork Versus Screw: Which Wine Closure is Better?

Cork Versus Screw: Which Wine Closure is Better?

There are two main ways to close up a bottle of wine: with a cork or with a screw. Though the corking of wine bottles has been done for centuries, it is not necessarily the best way to close up a bottle of wine. And many people think that screw caps are just for cheap wines. However, the tables have turned, and winemakers have noticed that there may be a significant change in the way our future wine bottles are sealed!

There are actually two types of corks: natural corks and synthetic corks. Both have their pros and cons. The disadvantage of natural corks is that it can cause a musty smell to the wine due to the TCA that is used to sanitize the cork before use. This can greatly affect the quality of the aging wine as well. Their advantage is that they are made from tree bark, a sustainable resource. This is good for the environment. Synthetic corks are made of plastic and are an alternative to the traditional natural cork, but they fail at maintaining the overall shelf-life of a bottle of wine.

While the idea of screwing off a cap from a bottle of wine does not seem nearly as smooth and sexy, it is actually one of the best ways to bottle wine. It does not have the same negative effects as synthetic or natural corks, and can actually be used together with a cork. Most winemakers are turning towards screw caps as they have become one of the most superior ways of bottling wine. Screw caps can maintain wonderful flavor and aroma, and can help wine age without reducing the overall quality.

It may be time to stop connecting screw caps with the cheapest of wines, and begin to look at them for what they are: the best alternative for bottling wine around. While corking wine bottles may never end, there is definitely a leaning trend towards screw caps for getting the best quality and long-term perfection from a vineyard’s wine.

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