Simply put…screwcaps are better for wine, period! Empirical evidence shows that less oxygen penetrates a screwcap versus a cork, and the less oxygen that seeps in, the more stable the wine.
This is even more important in sulfite-free (no added preservatives) wines like ours, as our wines stay even ’fresher’ with this advanced closure.
What about cork taint? It is an accepted fact within the wine industry that 5% of all wines bottled with corks suffer from ‘taint’. This is an aroma, referred to in the industry by it’s acromym of TCA, that no pretreatment can remove from corks. Hence, 1 in 20 bottles develop some level of ‘off ‘ tastes in the wine. The consumer is the one who suffers.
The carbon footprint on producing a screwcap is slightly less than a cork and capsule in our case as well. Our screwcaps are produced within 1 mile of our bottling facility, while our corks are grown in Portugal, our cap supplier is in France, and the transportation alone of millions of corks and caps obviously puts a dent in the enviornment.
Let’s debunk the cost myth…in fact, until very recently, advanced screwcaps with a built in seal like ours were far more expensive than a cork and capsule. Now, they are only slightly more expensive. Today’s screwcaps are not a cheaper replacement. Trust me, we pay the bills!
How about the ease of replacing the closure once you’ve opened the wine? A screwcap goes back on nice and snug, simple to open, simple to close with no special tools required.
And let us wrap this up by saying…we too were resistant to change. We thought screwcaps were cheap, plain and simple. However, once we opened our minds to the possiblities, then saw how much better our wines were with this wonderful closure, we were hooked! Give them a fair, honest evaluation, and we bet you’ll come to the same conclusion.
Donn and Tony
Orleans Hill Winery (Makers of Our Daily Red)