Podcast #57 Corks vs. Screw caps

It seems like an old debate, but for some reason it is still happening. I’ve personally seen wineries at tastings have to remove more than a handful of bottles from their table as soon as they’ve been opened because of cork taint. It’s a problem that knows no boundaries of price point or style. But are the alternatives that much better? Which is more environmentally sound and uses less energy? Is there really a need for corks in every bottle of wine that is produced? We talk about this over a bottle of wine (of course) but you’ll have to listen to see what it was sealed with. Cheers!

Does it matter to you how a bottle of wine is sealed? Do you love the romance of hearing the cork pop? Do you love the practicality of the screw top? Leave a comment here or on our facebook page and let me know what you think.

2 thoughts on “Podcast #57 Corks vs. Screw caps

    1. winecountrybc

      Hi Linda, thanks for your comments! Very interesting new closure – I’ve never seen a Zork-enclosed bottle before. Are you the first in BC with this kind of closure? How have your customers reacted to it? Their website does have a lot of information on it which is really interesting.

      For me, the biggest problem is that it is made of plastic. While it’s carbon footprint is slightly less than a traditional aluminum screw cap, it is still about 4 times higher than natural cork (for the Zork STL) according to their own reports. I assume that the cost (energy, environmental, financial, etc) to recycle the plastic again into something else is not included in that figure. It’s also unlikely that every single Zork ever made will be recycled. So for me, the biggest question is this: Is putting more petroleum-based plastic out into the world in the form of a Zork a truly sustainable answer to keeping wine safe in a bottle?

      As I mentioned in the podcast, I’m still undecided as to a preference for a bottle closure, or even if there needs to be one cork for all wines. There are just too many questions that can’t really be answered sometimes. To me that means that it’s probably best left for a discussion over a bottle of wine. I’ll be looking out for yours with the Zork next time I’m on the coast. Cheers!

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