Mark Aselstine
August 13, 2014 | Mark Aselstine

An Outside Take on Corks vs ScrewCaps

Every month after our regular wine club shipments go out, we'll receive a handful of emails and phone calls about defective bottles.  For some, their wine just in essence was left out in the sun, placed under the heater in the warehouse or whatever, and turned to vinegar (thanks Fedex).  More often, the wine didn't ship well and either leaked slightly, or suffered some catastrophic failure along the route.  It happens in under 1% of our shipments and is simply part of the cost of doing business during both the warm summer months, as well as the cold winter months.  Heck, wineries choose to ship their wine club shipments in the fall and the spring for a reason.

In any case, I was interested to read a discussiion and article over at Wine Foot, about a busted screw capped wine.

First, yes the owner of the site Duane presents a good argument for simply being reasonable (I still believe, until I see some sort of irrefutable proof from an independent agency, no the Australian wine board does not count, they've already picked a winner, that there's room for cork, screw cap, and many more closure choices) please note the enthusiasm that the wine professional espouses for screw caps in the comment section. It's indicative of the type of writing and approach that pervades at Wine Foot.  Duane's both upfront about calling a spade a spade, like when a certain celebrity owned winery tries to sell their Cabernet as small production with 1600 cases produced, while also covering a large number of interesting topics in the world of wine-like Americans drinking more Champagne. It's a good read and also offers an interesting perspective being based out of the Pacific Northwest.

Back to corks and screw cap, the level of feeling articulated in the comments shows that this is going to continue being a topic in the wider wine industry, unfortunately we're far from any conclusion.

Oh and BTW, at Uncorked Ventures we'll always, without complaint replace bottles that we're told are cork'd. Any reasonable wine retailer would do the same and then simply turn around and ask their winery contact to do the same.


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