For most of you wine drinkers out there it's not Screw Cap vs Cork. You’re probably used to categorizing screw cap wine as “cheap” or “bottom shelf”. Well, the Craveyon team is here to tell you why that couldn't be further from the truth. Screw caps are actually scientifically, and economically, a better choice for the everyday bottle of wine.
It’s time for screw caps to get the recognition they so rightfully deserve.
So why don’t more winemakers use screw caps? It’s simple: The majority of wine consumers in this country just have not fully adapted to the concept yet. As mentioned it seems to invoke a perception of “cheap” wine. Also, there are some nostalgic elitist notions associated with removing a cork from a wine bottle with a certain amount of savoir-faire (and lord knows this is a country that loves its gadgets and making a show of using them!).
And then there’s this Hollywood image of squeezing, smelling, and otherwise fiddling with the removed cork, to boldly prognosticate about the quality of the wine before even tasting it (thereby impressing and getting the girl, and all that nonsense). Unfortunately, due to the false preconception of the screw cap, and some silly romanticisms about corks, too many wine lovers are missing out on some choice elixirs.
Cork has been used since the 17th century to seal wine in a bottle and is still used by nearly 80% of winemakers worldwide. The benefits of cork are: it does a good job aging the bolder red wines (when/if they’re going to be cellared properly for many years), and, it gives the consumer a table-top toy to flick and roll around after being removed from the bottle. For a natural resource that has been used for centuries, you think there would be a couple more upsides, but unfortunately for cork, there’s not. Cork IS, however, responsible for 6-8% of all wine manufactured in the world going bad (becoming tainted). When cork doesn't seal properly it allows air to leak into the bottle, which in turn eventually spoils the wine. When you realize that nearly 20 BILLION bottles of wine are bottled every year, 6-8% really starts to add up (that’s almost 1.5 BILLION bottles of bad wine!
The screw cap has been in use since the late 1950s. It’s been a long, hard road for the screw cap because of its aforementioned association with “cheap” wine. It wasn't until about a decade ago that the screw cap made its first big appearance. New Zealand and Australia, world-renowned for producing some stellar wines, realized the virtues of the screw cap and now employ it almost exclusively for all that they bottle there aren't many places you can go in New Zealand or Australia today where you can find wine NOT sealed by a screw cap. After New Zealand and Australia took the first step, North America and parts of Europe followed.
Screw caps have many positives. There is no such thing as opening a bottle of wine only to find it tainted and undrinkable due to oxidation; if you aren't going to drink the whole bottle in one sitting, screw caps keep wine fresh and tasty much longer due to the great seal they provide. Related to the previous, you don’t have to buy fancy bottle corks (that then cause a problem with the bottle fitting in the fridge or wine cooler) or try and pound the original cork back into the bottle with your fist; and my personal favorite, it’s easy to open! I think we can all relate to when we've been hanging out with friends and you go to open the bottle of wine and there’s not a corkscrew in sight. Thanks to the simplicity of screw caps this is definitely not a show stopper!
It’s our hope that wine consumers can shed the ridiculous notion that screw cap wine is “cheap” (Screw Cap vs Cork). Screw caps are changing the future of wine and the wine industry, and our team looks forward to what’s in store. When you receive your first bottle, you’ll understand why we chose screw caps.