02 Sep '11, 9am

Cork Comes Back as Stopper of Choice

Photo: creativecommons/flickr/jinx! Snobbery is one of the big reasons. Research has shown that wine drinkers assume that wines with natural cork stoppers are better. And they are willing to pay more for them. Corks suffered a set back in the 1990's because there was a sense that wines with cork stoppers were going "off" and being contaminated. That's despite the fact that wine has been sealed with corks for almost 400 years. So winemakers started replacing them with screw tops. So much so that Robert Parker , the world's most influential wine critic, predicted that all bottles would be sealed with screw tops. There are few environmental benefits to screw caps since they are not biodegradable. But they are cheaper than cork. But he was wrong (gasp!). In fact, the tide has turned and sales of wine corks are rising whilst fake corks are falling out of favour. Sales of wine c...

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