Posted on 13 October 2007.
In 1997, Plumpjack, a 10,000 case Napa winery producing ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon bottled half of its 1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with screw caps. You might ask why they would so such a thing. According to PlumpJack, six to seven percent of all wines are corked and this is not a statistic that PlumpJack [or the wine industry in general] is willing to accept. Gordon Getty, founder of PlumpJack, attests, “There really isn’t much of an argument in favor of the cork except that it has been around for so long, and if others are afraid to be first [using the alternative closure], I’m not”. PlumpJack was willing to take a chance, so in 1997 they experimented and placed screwcaps to the test. Read the full story
Posted in Commentary
Posted on 03 May 2007.
I am writing this article as a follow up to support Marc’s infamous “Corks Versus Screw Caps” story. If you have not had the opportunity to read it yet, please do so. The article debuted on LocalWineEvents.com, and we received an overwhelming amount of responses, comments and questions pertaining to the post.
Many readers observed the need for educating wine stores and supermarkets about their corked wine return policies; some wondered why corkscrews were not accepting in the market; but the majority questioned the validity of bottle aging and screwcaps. Read the full story
Posted in Technology
Posted on 02 January 2007.
I don’t know if you have had the experience of having to return some wine to your local supermarket lately but it seems to fall into two categories. (1) They have the “Wine? You’re trying to return an opened bottle of wine?” I usually reply “Yes, it was corked; so I would like a replacement bottle”. They usually retort with “Of course it was corked; I can see the cork has been pulled out, anyway it’s against the law to give refunds on alcoholic beverages”. Read the full story
Posted in Rants