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Old 04-14-2016, 10:25 AM
 
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I have been drinking white wine almost exclusively for years, and in the past few years most of them I like have gone to screw on caps. In fact, that's the only wines I buy anymore.
Recently I've branched out to some reds. But they all have corks. Not real corks, but corks none the less. I'm curious as to why white wines are much more likely to have screw on caps than red. Thoughts?
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Old 04-14-2016, 04:24 PM
 
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I have been drinking white wine almost exclusively for years, and in the past few years most of them I like have gone to screw on caps. In fact, that's the only wines I buy anymore.
Recently I've branched out to some reds. But they all have corks. Not real corks, but corks none the less. I'm curious as to why white wines are much more likely to have screw on caps than red. Thoughts?
I think it's largely to match customer expectations. For all wine, a screw cap is the most secure method of sealing a bottle. More expensive wine typically uses corks because customers think of cheap wine when they see screw tops.
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Old 04-14-2016, 06:07 PM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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I think it's largely to match customer expectations. For all wine, a screw cap is the most secure method of sealing a bottle. More expensive wine typically uses corks because customers think of cheap wine when they see screw tops.
That's pretty much the reason. I am friends with a winemaker who uses screwcaps on his reds, and they're quite excellent... my sister, who is an assistant winemaker in California, asks for "that screwcap wine" which she takes to blind tastings with other winemakers, and they all like it. Unfortunately unless you live in north Texas or SW Oklahoma it's not available. A lot of wine bars use almost nothing but screwcaps, but then they're not selling Opus One, but instead relatively inexpensive wines at a significant markup.


Hmm, since I took it off the rack, I guess now I have to open it...


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Old 04-15-2016, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
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Corks are definitely old school. And i certainly miss that "pop" moment when its pulled out by a corkscrew.

I have heard that one reason for the screwcaps is personal injury claims from people supposedly being hit by exploding corks!

However, I do like the convenience of screwcaps both on white and the odd red bottled wines.
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Old 04-16-2016, 09:14 AM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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A few years back I visited my sister and she recommended a truly spectacular tempranillo, 2005 vintage, which I took home. A year later when I opened it the cork crumbled, and the wine was undrinkable. That's one of the disadvantages of natural cork. The cork had a flaw in the middle, and even though it was kept in a wine cellar (the little one, not a real one) at 55 degrees on its side, it had opened up enough to leak. Sad, that 2005 was an excellent year in California.

Synthetic corks offer a compromise. Tonight I am meeting with a couple winemakers at a wine festival and will ask their opinions.
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Old 04-16-2016, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I am hoping, in the next few years most wines are screw tops. You are right about red versus white: there are a lot more whites using screw tops.
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:43 AM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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From the Red River Wine Festival: I talked with three winemakers and all had the same insights. Whites, which are usually consumed within 5 years of vintage, handle screw caps well. Reds, especially lighter, less tannic wines such as sangiovese, Beaujolais and pinot noir/burgundy, also can do well with screw caps. A full-bodied cabernet or syrah benefits from having a stopper that allows it to "breathe" somewhat, allowing an exchange, in minute quantities, of oxygen. A heavy red wine that needs 3-5 years of aging with a natural cork doesn't do as well with a synthetic stopper or screw cap; it may remain "green" or young for a lot longer According to one winemaker I talked with, it's as much as 5 times longer with synthetics or caps.
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:07 AM
 
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Thanks Sluggo!! So there IS a reason!
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:16 AM
 
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Default I actually found one

A red wine with a screw on cap. OMG! When I first typed that I typed "cRap"!!! I guess that's because I didn't really like it much!!! It was "Mud House" Pinot Noir.
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Old 04-24-2016, 01:08 PM
 
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I've found lots of red wines with screw tops. I mostly buy French wines these days so maybe screw tops are more common in Europe.
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