Corks or Screw Caps? Which one’s better?

So here’s the big debate… When you imagine a quality bottle of wine, you probably automatically assume it has a natural wine cork for the cover. It has been a very popular choice for closing wine since the 1400’s, in the beginning of modern Europe. It’s a compliant natural product that has the ability to hold the wine bottle’s content securely. Fortunately, the natural wine cork is: - A renewable natural resource - Great for long-term wine aging - The ideal historical wine closing choice Unfortunately, the natural wine cork is: - Quite pricey - Limited, despite the fact that it’s a natural resource - Likely to be affected by TCA “Cork” Taint (1% - 3% of corks) - Likely to be of different qualities - Likely to breathe at different rates What you are less likely to imagine when you think about your typical wine bottle, is the screw cap or cork alternative. However, screw caps have been used since 1964, but they are still a big part of the wine market. In Australia, they’re on almost every wine bottle in the country. They’ve come about due to the decrease of cork quality from manufacturers in the 80’s. They can be made from metal, plastic and even plant-based polymers. Fortunately, the screw cap/cork alternative is: - More affordable than the natural wine cork - Easy to open (especially when compared to corks) - Shown to have positive results for long-term aging - Free from TCA “Cork” Taint Unfortunately, the screw cap/cork alternative is: - Recyclable, but it isn’t biodegradable - Associated with cheap or low quality wine - Likely to have some kinds that don’t breathe - Usually made from resources that can’t be renewed - Known to have variable manufacturing quality Well, now you know the pros and the cons of each alternative, it’s time to make your own decision. No matter the wine bottle cover you prefer, we’ve got a very attractive offer for you. Do a little research and see which the best options for you are. If you are looking for professional grade wine storage for your wine collection then give us a call to discuss the climate controlled and secure wine storage options we have available to keep your fine wines safely stored in our wine storage facility in New Jersey.



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