Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Corks v. Screw-Tops

"Over the past 16 months, shipments in cork wine stoppers from Portugal – which supplies the majority of the material to the industry – grew by 19.4 per cent, mainly reclaiming market share from plastic 'corks' but also modestly gaining on screw caps. In the same period, the global wine industry expanded just 1.5 per cent."
—Corks or screw-tops: Where do you stand? At the risk of shattering your image of me as New York's most urbane and elegant connoisseur, I have to tell you that I am totally pro screw-top these days. Although that may have to do with the fact that my hands shake so badly that I have wound up damaging many a cork.

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apb (#9,461)

Wine with a screw-top is wine without the worst thing about wine!

HiredGoons (#603)

Who the fuck are you kidding? We all know you take the bladder out of the box and suck it down with a twisty straw.

saythatscool (#101)

@HiredGoons But enough about his sex life, how do you think he drinks wine?

Tyrantanic (#13,751)

@HiredGoons Remove bag from box, slap said bag like the cad that it is, take a knee and drink it straight.

saythatscool (#101)

If its a new wine and you don't want any oxidation, I don't know of any other way other than a screw cap.

JoshUng (#11,371)

Corks on wine bottles are like those flimsy platic binders you'd put on your school reports, sure, it makes it look fancier, but it doesn't make what's inside good if its otherwise crap.

Smitros (#5,315)

A word for corks. When you buy wine stopped with a real cork (and you can't always tell up front), you are sustaining cork oaks and the related flora and fauna as well as traditional agricultural practices. The replacement of cork oaks with fast-growing eucalyptoids has created monocultures in some places and aggravated the effects of forest fires.

Smitros (#5,315)

@Smitros And Ferdinand the Bull didn't lie around under a damned plastic tree.

laurel (#4,035)

@Smitros: I like the way you handle yourself.

Smitros (#5,315)

@laurel Um. Um. Thanks.

Rodger Psczny (#3,912)

I'm on Team Wine Cube from Target.

Maevemealone (#968)

Screw tops help prevent carpal tunnel, or so I've heard.

Cork for reds, screw top for whites.

Plastic is for buying it, not corking it.

Bittersweet (#765)

@Clarence Rosario: But how can you tell what has plastic and what has real cork?

@Bittersweet Just remove the foil until you find the one you like.

alorsenfants (#139)

@Clarence Rosario No no — plastic is for cooking it, at least most of the time!

ejcsanfran (#489)

As long as I can hook the bottle up to my IV, I don't have a preference.

Lisa Wines@facebook (#113,967)

There are also glass corks, which I saw for the first time when I visited the states this summer. I saved it because it looked so cool (another thing to gather dust).

KenWheaton (#401)

Not to change the subject, but what about bourbon with a cork top?

Smitros (#5,315)

@KenWheaton That's frequently a sign of quality.

@Smitros Until you get too drunk and break off the bottom of the cork in your bottle of Bulleit.

SeanP (#4,058)

@KenWheaton True story: I wasted around a third of a bottle of Calvados because 1) it had a cork top, 2) I didn't drink it very often, leading to 3) the cork shriveled up and the liquor spoiled.

The moral of this story: drink faster!

grandpa27 (#804)

I don't remember any complaints when beer changed from corked bottles to metal cans.

areaderwrites (#592)

Real cork or screw top; just say no to plastic "corks."

JoshUng (#11,371)

I'm pro-cork until I found a way to look slick while unscrewing a cap.

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