The Cork Factor

I like to throw serious wine drinkers off with unlikely arguments. For example, on a recent trip to a wine boutique for a French Rhone tasting, I was asked if I liked the traditonal corks versus screw top bottles, to which I responded, Neither, I prefer free range corks, because i like my corks to go wherever they please.  It just wasn’t what I said, but the expression I gave when the wine clerk recommended a screw top red wine to my friend to take. Imagine a stinky, what the hell are you talking about face and that was me. I may have blurted out, Are you kidding me?  To which end, the clerk went on to say how it’s been scientifcally proven that screw top corks are the way to go over the traditional corks which are bleached, can leak air into the bottle, and create a corked (rotten)  bottle.

So, the debate goes on to what type of cork is best? The clerk’s pitch started to sink in with me. What if all this time I thought I had it great with a traditonal cork and now my wine and my tendonitis could be solved with a screw top! I’ve tried several screw top wines and there is just something missing.  Maybe that POP of the cork is nostalgic for me, but I’ll risk a corked bottle any day over the scratch scratch of a twist top.


  • By Tami 18 Oct 2011

    I am a full-fledged fan of the twist-off top (aka Stelvin closure, as we pro-twist-off snobs like to call them). I don’t miss the cork, and I’ve never had a bad bottle, and no cream of tartar or (obviously) cork bits in the wine. Plus, there’s nothing too romantic, to me at least, about a broken cork that gets stuck in the neck of the bottle. 😉

    What I don’t like? Those synthetic corks. They’re hard to get out, and even more difficult to put back in.

  • By admin 19 Oct 2011

    Ah, but answer me this, can you twist a cap off and smell the wine off of it like you can a traditional cork? To me, it’s all about the nose. But, I absolutely agree with you on the synthetic!

  • By Tami 02 Nov 2011

    I suppose if you tried, you could sniff the cap 🙂 But it’s been my general experience that the wine takes less time to open up as well. Stelvins FTW!

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