Ahh stick a cork in it

Discussion in 'Open Forum With Harold McGee' started by chrose, Dec 10, 2005.

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  1. chrose

    chrose

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    In the fairly recent past there has been a trend towards using screw tops on wines as opposed to corks. Obviously there will no longer be any issues with corking of the wines. But considering the role of cork over the years to sealing, aging and even taste what is your personal opinion to using screw tops over cork. I would find it difficult to believe that some of the older houses would ever change over if for no other reason the aesthetics of a screw top on a Pomerol or D'Yquem at those prices, or will the function of aluminum vs. cork actually predominate in the long run.
     
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    I think it’s likely that the cork and wine industries together will find a solution to the problem (microbial production of intensely obnoxious compounds from chlorine used in processing of the cork layer). Then high-end producers will be able to maintain the traditional experience of pulling the cork from their bottles.

    Harold
     
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    I can't remember off-hand what brand(s) of wine we've purchased with the artificial corks seen here - http://tinyurl.com/db56a
    but they work well and decork just like a "normal" one without the cork crumbs caused by some of us less than....ahhhhh...talented folk.

    Praties
     
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