February Vincabulary

Screwtop (AKA Rotating Closure)– an alternative wine closure that is gaining increasing support as an alternative to cork for sealing wine bottles. A screw cap is a metal cap that screws onto threads on the neck of a bottle, generally with a metal skirt down the neck to resemble the traditional wine capsule (“foil”). A layer of plastic, cork, rubber, or other soft material is used as wad to make a seal with the mouth of the bottle.

An international debate raging regarding the use of screwcaps in the wine industry, many Virginia wineries have embraced the “Rotating Closure”.

Writing on the Drink What You Like Blog (www.drinkwhatyoulike.wordpress.com) Blenheim Vineyards Winemaker Kirsty Harmon wrote “Each and every time, the wine bottled using screw caps was brighter, tasted cleaner, and a better expression of the fruit. The wines bottled with cork were tired, dull and overall less interesting.”

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