What top preserves wine best (real cork, mixed wood, artificial, glass, or screw top)?
I love drinking wine. I’ve lived in Italy for 3 years and, now, the German wine region for 3 years. What is the truth about wine corks? Wine comes in bottles with various tops, but is one top better for preserving wine quality? I am traditionally programmed to thing that screw-top wine is cheap, but is a screw-top bad for quality? Is it perhaps simply a marketing perception? We all believe screw-top wine is cheap; therefore, wine makers only put screw-tops on their cheap wine.
Screw caps and other synthetic closures are absolutely fine for preserving wine that is meant to be drunk young (a year or two after bottling) and that does not require aging or long-term cellaring. The point of natural cork is to allow oxygen to pass through its pores and thus slowly oxygenate the wine over time which helps the wine evolve and allows the tannins to mellow. If you are drinking fresh wine meant for everyday consumption, there is no problem at all with wines that have screw caps, and they should not be perceived as cheaper, or of a lesser quality than wines bottled under natural cork.
Rory Gallagher – Tattoo’d Lady
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