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Thoughts and Experiences from the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado

Screw Cap or Cork, You Decide


On today's CBS Sunday Morning, it focused all on food. One of the stories caught my attention, Time to Pop A ... Screw Cap?  The story focused on the number of wines migrating from using the cork to using rubber, glass, or gasp, a screw cap.

Some statistics caught my attention from the story.

"This year, 95% of all New Zealand wine will have screw caps, as will 50% of Australian wine. Only 5% of U.S. wine bottles have screw caps, but the number is growing."

The problem is a chemical called TCA.  It taints the flavor of the wine.  This is because the quality of the cork has declined over time.

But screw caps have an image of cheap wine.  But now, that image does not hold weight because there are many wines with screw caps over $100.

To help counter that image, the Bonny Doon Vineyard in California produced a video advocating that the screw cap is better than cork.


Myself, I don't have a problem buying a wine with a screw cap.  Good wine is good wine, no matter what cap it comes with.