Natural Cork, Synthetic Cork, or Screw Cap?

Today, Dr. Vino discussed wine closures – natural corks, synthetic corks, and screw caps.  He cites a Wall Street Journal article that states that synthetic corks have a larger market share than screw caps.  I, like Dr. Vino, was surprised to discover this fact.

Is one type of closure better than the others?  Do you prefer the traditional, natural cork, or are screw caps the way to go?  What about plastic corks?  Leave some comments below, and let us know what you think.

One quick programming note:  Tonight we had a chance to visit Fine Wine Brokers in Lincoln Square.  Look for our first wine shop review this Thursday!

Filed under: Cork, Screw caps

Tags: cork, screw cap, wine


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  • I don't care what type of closure is used as long as the wine is easy to get out of the bottle. I suppose I'm partial to synthetic corks because they don't rot. I've bought a few vintage bottles in the past and the corks are rotten and can't be removed without getting cork in the wine. So synthetic corks take care of that problem. I suppose there's a stigma that natural corks are the original and best, synthetic are next on the list with screw caps coming in last. I'm of the opinion that screw caps signify a poor quality wine, but I know I'm wrong. In the end, as long as the bottle is easy enough to open and the wine tastes good, who cares.

  • In reply to drewkent23:

    Andy - thanks for reading and thanks for the comment. I hear ya about the difficulties in opening wine; although I've come across both natural and synthetic corks that just didn't want to budge. I think we'll keep seeing more and more wines closed with screw caps. They are nice and practical, but if all wines used them, I'd miss the process of removing a cork! Oh, and don't dismiss a wine just because it has a screw cap. Screw caps aren't just for jug wines anymore!

  • In reply to drewkent23:

    I'm a big fan of the screw top ! I hit up Winestyles in the South Loop all the time and the screw top makes it that much easier to have one more bottle, haha. But yeah I've heard, similar to Barb, that 1 in 12 corked bottles suffer cork taint. Why risk ruining good wine!

    And if you feel you lose a little panache going from the cork to the screw top, then check out these videos:

    more formal and elegant -

    just fun ("the clamp") -

  • In reply to amitvaria:

    Great videos! I'm going to have to practice the technique from the Patina video!

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