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If the Cap Fits

Before you automatically reject that screw-cap bottle of wine as cheap and tacky, consider the fact that screw caps may be doing a better job of preserving wine than traditional corking.

The screw-cap-versus-cork controversy has long raged within the wine world. But it has received fresh impetus from what winemakers hope is a more receptive marketŚand from revelations that one in every 20 bottles is spoiled by faulty corks. Today's battle lines are roughly drawn between Old and New World producers, with France and Portugal refusing to budge from the standard corkŚPortugal unsurprisingly, given that it produces $2...

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