Screw caps, can’t we do better?

When I get a corked bottle of wine I think corks are important and when a customer gets the same they become even more so. The cork industry has made significant progress in the last 10 years to eliminate tainted corks before reach the bottle.  Is it good enough?

Not yet though on all the Lenné wines I have samples over the last 7 years(estimated to be around 1500) I have come across less than 10 corked wines. That doesn’t mean the presence  trichloranisole, or TCA  wasn’t there, it could mean it was in low enough levels that I didn’t pick it up. So I too debate using the Stelvin(screw cap) closure in the future.stelvin_1

The fact is I hate the way the screw cap feels and looks. There is something sensual about a cork and we taste wines with our senses not just our palates. When I hear that “pop” as I pull a cork from an anticipated bottle of wine I start to salivate. I suppose it is classical conditioning, just like Pavlov’s dog.

I am conditioned to experience wine with my senses. Recently I took a trip to Victoria, B.C. and brought two perfectly shaped glasses I purchased for the trip. They were clear plastic glasses as I was tired of breaking the small Riedel glasses I typically bring. The first night I poured a glass of the 2010 LeNez Pinot, smelled it and brought it to my lips……eeew! I just wasn’t prepared for the way the plastic felt and over the next couple of days never could get used to drinking wine out of those perfectly shaped plastic glasses. I guess next trip it is back to the glass.

But I am conditioned. I have been drinking wine out of good glasses for years. I have been salivating to the pop of a cork for equally as long. It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks as the saying goes. Perhaps the millennial’s will salivate the moment the metal seal breaks as they twist off the screw cap. I wonder.

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