November 2, 2007

Shopping by Closure

posted by Scott in Guest Bloggers, Wine

The wine closure debate rages on. The decision between cork and screwcaps has become the new “paper or plastic.”

If you find this topic engrossing, you can pick up a copy of George Taber’s new book To Cork or Not to Cork, which, judging by its cover, will be the most successful wine book this holiday season. If you don’t have time, or care to read a book about cork you’re probably wondering the short of it. Does wine closure really matter?

Only so much as the consumer cares which, as evidenced by the major British retailer, Majestic Wine, is quite a bit. Majestic has enabled a feature that allows online customers to search for their wine by closure (your choices are: natural cork, screwcap, synthetic cork). Personally, I can’t remember the last time I wanted to hunt down bottles with synthetic corks, but with Majestic’s comprehensive search I can happily avoid them. I’m sure it’s not something that all of their customers use, but it is nice to know it’s there, just like their ‘Browse by ABV (alcohol by volume)’ feature.

So feel free to judge a wine by its closure or ABV, if only because nowadays, you can.

Scott Rosenbaum is director of operations for the International Wine Center and wine buyer for the retailer DrinkUpNY.

by Philippe · November 2, 2007 at 5:52 pm

ah yes, this old chestnut, one of the remaining canards of faux oenological snobbery. Just like its brother, France vs New World (which was settled in 1976) the quicker this one is put to rest the better.

I for one welcome screw-caps which don’t cork my wine.

ps apologies to the Portuguese whose fine wines I will be sampling there this weekend.
pps thank you for not calling screw-caps “stelvins” ugh!

by gr · November 2, 2007 at 6:31 pm

So when do I get to filter by closure type on Snooth?

(I’m stockpiling used corks, and I intend to cash out big when we’ve managed to kill all the world’s cork trees. Just ask Mark, he’s seen the Box…)

by mark · November 5, 2007 at 2:01 pm

I can definitely vouch for gr’s box o’ corks as being the largest collection I’ve seen!

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