If you’re a wine drinker, you’ve probably noticed that screw caps are no longer considered the closure just for cheap wine. Obviously, we know corks are the classic choice in the question of what goes between you and your wine. However, there’s been some surprising proof that wines sealed with twist-off caps slows down, thus making it a popular choice for young white wines or wines meant to be drunk early on.
Increasingly, winemakers prefer screw caps for white wines and reds meant to be drunk young. They are also a more affordable option, aren’t susceptible to TCA ‘cork’ taint, and long term aging studies are showing positive results.
On the other hand, winemakers prefer corks because they are a natural renewable resource, and have long term aging properties that screw caps do not. Therefore, bigger, fuller wines benefit from a little oxygen that the cork naturally allows the wine to intake while it’s in the bottle.
However, both sealing options have their cons. For instance, while the twist top is great for reducing the oxidation and TCA from natural corks, it also has an effect on the bottled wine. Twist-off caps can increase sulfur levels. While the natural cork presents the worry of TCA (trichloranisole) – a natural fungus in the cork that can cause adverse effects on the wine.
Moral of the story? Don’t judge a wine by its seal! Besides, if you are a vino like us, we don’t discriminate between corks and screw caps. It’s what’s inside the bottle that matters! For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.