Tag Archives: Screw cap

• Wine screw caps increasingly damaged with bad results for taste

Wine screw caps increasingly damaged with bad results for taste

It is a debate that has divided wine connoisseurs everywhere: cork or screw cap? The use of corks can lead to cork taint but new research has found that more than 20 per cent of screw cap wine bottles end up with damaged caps, which can in turn cause chemical changes in wine. Wine expert […]

• Goodbye Cork? Wineries Try New Plant-Based Closure

Goodbye Cork? Wineries Try New Plant-Based Closure

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Bioplastics. If you were remaking The Graduate in wine country this decade, there might be a great future in bioplastics. When organic, biodynamic and sustainable vintners look to bring their low-impact philosophies to their packaging, they often end up torn […]

• Champagne seeks cork closure alternative. Could you live without the ‘pop’?

Champagne seeks cork closure alternative. Could you live without the ‘pop’?

Leading Champagne houses are all desperately seeking an adequate substitute for the traditional cork closure, according to Ruinart chef de cave Frédéric Panaïotis. Speaking to the drinks business at a Ruinart Champagne “Interpretation Lunch” in London yesterday, Panaïotis revealed that, so far, crown cap is proving the most realistic alternative. “Of course we have looked […]

• Aren’t screwcaps mahvellous…?

Aren’t screwcaps mahvellous…?

The New Zealand Screwcap Wine Seal Iniatitive, the world’s first national pro-screwcap movement, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the following announcement. I can feel the vibrations from Portugal already…. JR As we peruse today’s crowded wine shelves, it is difficult to ignore the proliferation of screwcaps. With over 90% of New Zealand wine now […]

• Cork Is Back As U.S. Wineries Increase Use Of Cork Closures

Cork Is Back As U.S. Wineries Increase Use Of Cork Closures

Premium domestic wineries are continuing to increase their use of cork closures, with brands using cork once again showing higher annual and holiday-period sales growth compared to those with alternative closures, according to a survey released today by the Cork Quality Council (CQC) based on data from A.C. Nielsen. Among the top 100 selling brands, […]

• Environmental Scientist Speaks Out in Favor of Cork Wine Closures

Environmental Scientist Speaks Out in Favor of Cork Wine Closures

100% Cork, the movement to encourage wineries and retailers to increase their use of natural cork stoppers, has kicked into high gear with the launch of a new web site at www.100percentcork.org and a national advertising campaign. The site prominently features video testimonials from vintners, designers and a world-renowned environmental leader speaking out about the […]

• 2010 Cork Harvest Restores Inventory Levels

2010 Cork Harvest Restores Inventory Levels

Weather conditions contributed positively to the 2010 Portuguese and Spanish cork harvest, creating excellent growing conditions and providing for generous growth of the annual cork layer. A very rainy winter and spring, where precipitation levels in January and February were 30 percent higher than the average, made for a late, long harvest running through the […]

• U.S. Wineries Increase Their Use of Cork Closures as Cork Stoppers See Higher Sales Growth

U.S. Wineries Increase Their Use of Cork Closures as Cork Stoppers See Higher Sales Growth

Boozenews Editor:  Hmmm, is this the sound of nostalgia or do people just think that cork stoppers represent higher quality? In any case, it may seem counterintuitive, but wine screw caps put forest in jeopardy. Premium domestic wineries are increasing their use of cork closures, with brands using cork showing higher annual sales growth over […]

• Campaign promotes wine corks over screwcaps

Campaign promotes wine corks over screwcaps

Boozenews Editor: here’s a different ‘take’ on the cork campaign The cork industry has mounted a new campaign called I Love Natural Cork, that invites consumers to pledge to buy more wine sealed with natural cork stoppers. “Natural cork in your wine bottle does more than just preserve and improve the quality and character of […]

• Seems counterintuitive but wine screw cap puts forests in jeopardy

Seems counterintuitive but wine screw cap puts forests in jeopardy

The removal of cork oak forests threatens rare species such as the Iberian Lynx and environmentalists fear that if farmers cannot make money from cork they will replant with non-native eucalyptus trees.