Put a Cork in It (November 14, 2002)
The battle of the natural cork versus the screwcap versus the plastic
cork for wine bottles is heating up. New Zealand, the country that has
been in the forefront in promoting the screwcap as the perfect closure
for wine, has launched a website to proselytize the rest of the wine world
Now the cork companies have begun to weigh in to protect their turf
or should I say bark.
Amorim Cork America, a division of international Amorim Group, the world's
leading producer of natural cork closures, recently surveyed the American
wine industry. Their findings are that almost three-quarters of US winemakers
(72%) prefer natural cork as a wine bottle closure more than five
times as many as prefer synthetics (14%) or screwcaps (11%).
Given the anecdotal evidence that one bottle of wine in twelve is spoiled
by cork taint, these results seem somewhat self-serving.
The Amorim survey reported 75% of winemakers polled indicated that "quality
and technical performance is the most important attribute of any closure
option. Tradition, and wine-development characteristics rank among the
top reasons for choosing cork as well."