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Canada's First Quality Wine Under Screwcap (November 3, 2003)

Henry of Pelham in Ontario's Niagara Peninsula has become the first Canadian winery to have the courage to bottle a quality wine under screwcap.

The wine in question is their 2002 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, which will retail for $18.25 and will be available in December through Vintages and at the winery.

The wine industry generally is nervous about the public reaction to screwcaps, since this closure has traditionally been used for down-market blends. But cork is responsible for many tainted bottles. Anecdotal evidence suggests that as many as one in twelve wines have been adversely affected by a tainted cork.

Henry of Pelham's proprietor Paul Speck took the gamble in packaging his Chardonnay under screwcap, but he offset his odds by bottling one-quarter of the 1000-case production under the new closure.

To set the mind of the apprehensive consumer at rest, Speck has attached a neck label to the screwcap Chardonnay 2002, which will be sold side-by-side on the shelves with the cork-closed bottles: "A tradition is a good idea that works. 400 years ago a monk had a good idea; he stopped his bottles with corks. In the 17th century corks worked better than other stoppers and a tradition was born. But cork is made from oak bark which can produce off-flavours in wine. The bottle you buy should taste as the winemaker intended and in the 21st century there's a way to eliminate the off-flavours of cork. We believe in tradition and that is why we present you with a good idea that works today: Globalcap screw-caps. Keeping with this new tradition we are using screw-caps in our finest wines first – like the bottle you have in your hand."

 

 

 

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