The Wine Industry is slowly…slowly giving up on cork. Study after study is proving that screw- caps are a better option than traditional cork for preserving the integrity of wine. Cork tops are known for a (not insignificant) percentage of failure or disintegration that can lead to wine being tainted or contaminated.
New Zealand is already using twist offs for 90% of its wines; Australia for about 70%. The University of Washington is now bottling all of its experimental wines using twist-off caps explaining that there is too much inconsistency in cork that could affect the wines they are researching. (Wine Spectator magazine)
Wait a minute, “wine research?” -where was that course of study when I was a student?
The biggest defenders of cork are of course traditionalists who associate screw-caps with cheap wine. Regardless of the data in support of the “twist off” alternative, it would take a lot of convincing for these folks to give up on cork, especially for more extravagant (expensive) wines.
The great cork stand-off is a terrific example of what happens when people become blindly wedded to a favored idea or a method. New and often better ideas are seen as nothing more than impertinent challenges to the status quo and must be repelled at any cost. Whether its an ineffective government program, a losing military strategy, a lousy investment, a defective product or an unhealthy relationship, some of us refuse to let go simply because we are too stubborn to see the truth, too scared of change or too proud to admit there’s a better way.
What a terrible waste of man power, money, health, time and yes, heaven help us.. even wine.