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by Matt Thompson
on October 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM
One comment. Screw-top bottles have a larger opening and are not compatible with my vacuum stoppers.
by Ann King Filmer
on October 25, 2012 at 4:29 PM
Good point on vacuum stoppers. I did a quick online search and found vacuum stoppers that claim to work on both types of bottles. I have no experience with them, so I can't endorse them. No doubt more will come on the market.
by JC
on October 27, 2012 at 6:19 AM
Plastic seat covers vs leather - top quality cars do NOT have plastic covers irrespective of the durability and life of the plastic covers. Likewise with top quality wines! The next thing these ordinary winemakers are going to try to convince us is the benefit of plastic bottles or even bags for wine.  
I'll change my view when Chateau Petrus goes for screwtops.
by Jeannette E. Warnert
on October 29, 2012 at 9:13 AM
I'm not crazy about corking bottles. I love how easy it is to take off the screw top and am happy that you can get good wines now without the hassle of natural or synthetic corks.
by Msrk Sincevich
on February 4, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Look I think folks are forgetting the biodegradability and sustainability aspect. Cork is readily available and the cork trees regenerate, so cork is sustainable. The screw caps do not bio degrade. You can certainly recycle wine bottles but not the screw caps.. Also cork provides jobs for those individuals and countries who have a large cork tree planting area. Lastly we do not know the long term effects of the chemical compounds in the various screw cap configurations. Cork has been the best closure for wine going back over two thousand years . Perhaps we ought to take the wisdom of the ancients to heart.
by Ann King Filmer
on February 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM
Msrk, Thank you for your comment on sustainability. In all food and agricultural production, sustainability is a critical component. I'll ask some of the wine experts on campus for their opinion on the sustainability aspect of corks and screw caps.
by Ross Williams
on June 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM
I love the idea that the study isn;t going to say which of the three types of closre are best for all wines but "give winemakers reliable information on which to judge the type of closure that works best on their wines". So some cheap wine are going to need corks while some excellent wines could be using screw top closures.
 
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