October 2, 2016
The cork has been the only wine bottle closure for centuries (left). Once the thick glass bottle had been invented it provided the seal necessary to prevent oxidation. For the most part it works well, and today, together with its plastic cousin, is still the most used closing method.
The screw cap (bottom left) is gaining in popularity quite rapidly, especially in white wines. It had some birthing problems, but now it provides a reliable seal, saves cork oaks, and is certainly a lot easier to open. Screw caps are invading the premium wine market and are being adopted by more and more wineries. It appears to be the up and coming closure.
Is there an even better one? The most eccentric one I have come across is a glass stopper with a plastic seal (bottom right) used by J. B. Becker in Germany. We had a 2011 Dry Riesling, and it was just as eccentric as Hans-Josef Becker himself - and his closure.
Date: October 2, 2016
By: Lisa, Pittsburgh, PA
Does the type of bottle top make a difference in the taste of the wine?
Only the cork can make a difference in taste - if it's bad!