What is the difference between using corks and screw caps in wine?


I overheard this conversations few weeks ago when I visited one of the wine stores in town. So there’s a couple who entered the store few minutes after I came in, they seemed to be looking for a bottle of wine, perhaps for an event or gathering (no idea).

So, apparently the lady is attracted to a bottle of new world wine, which from my observation has a unique and beautiful label design indeed. She even compliments it by saying “I love this one, it’s simple and beautiful! What do you think?” While the guy replied “I think it will be better if we take this one (holding a bottle of Italian red wine). Are you sure you want to buy the one with SCREW CAP? This one is better, trust me”

So I was standing on the other side, wondering. “What’s wrong with SCREW CAP?” Well, about the wine…it depends on your taste & preference, but SCREW CAP is innocent here, right?


I have no idea what kind of “nightmare” that guy had with SCREW CAP, but screw cap wine never indicate that the wine inside is bad compared to the other. Fyi, it has been used in wine since the late 1950s and it is actually a perfect seal (by not allowing oxygen to enter the bottle)!

Besides, SCREW CAP is no longer considered as the one for cheap or low-class wine. That image has changed since almost all of Australian and New Zealanders winemaker use SCREW CAP for their wines, a high-end bottle is no exception.

Well, CORK indeed has been a classic choice for wine bottles but it doesn’t indicate it’s better.

Moral of the story: Don’t judge a wine by it’s label or how it’s sealed.


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