WINE APPRECIATION: It's Getting All Screwed Up


If only the whole point of drinking wine weren't to impress people, screw tops would have taken off by now. Corks, many claim, are a great way to seal wine if you're a 15th century monk, but they're not so good today. Corks can crumble and allow air into a bottle, causing what is called corkage, a slight rotting of the wine. Some manufacturers have tried using plastic corks, but they don't always form a perfect seal and can impart their own flavor. So this year, many wineries are switching to screw tops--the same technology you find when opening a Colt...

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