There are merits to both corks and screw caps. But many people, both consumers and the trade, have misconceptions about how these closures work, what actually causes some wine faults commonly attributed to closures, and how these closures affect the aging profile of wines.
by Chuck Hayward
The debate over corks and wine is causing controversy once again, proving its unique ability to be an issue of contention for the foreseeable future. Much ballyhoo has been raised by the cork industry recently regarding Christian Canute, the owner of Rusden Wineryin the Barossa Valley, and his decision to forswear screwcaps in favor of corks (despite the fact that he only used screwcaps for one of the ten wines in his portfolio and even that was only for a few vintages).