Many wine lovers ask themselves, “Is cork truly better?” A question that sounds easy to answer is more complex than one may expect.

Bottles sealed with cork are commonly found in European countries and used by traditional wineries. Their advantage is that they look good and have a “plopping” sound when opened. Who can reject the famous pop of Champagne?

Are traditional cork closures really better? (Credit: Oscar Soderlun,

Bottles designated for long maturation periods, which improve over time, developing a more multi-layered flavor profile and smooth tannins, can benefit from maturation under cork. However, the risk of a “cork flavor” exists. This has led to the development of screw caps which keep the wines fresh and fruity until consumption. Their easy handling doesn’t require a tool, allowing wine lovers to access their favorite bottles much easier. On the other hand, the wines can sometimes develop a reductive flavor, similar to old eggs or cabbage. Despite some raised eyebrows, screw caps allow the wine to mature without the risk of a cork-related issue These premium wines are mainly found in Australia or New Zealand, and their quality reaches the same standards as their European counterparts.

Keeping the wine fresh. (Credit: pmv chamara,

Despite their advantages and downsides, they both keep the wine sealed and fresh. At the end of the day, the best closure is one’s preference.

Peter Douglas

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