Are Wines with Corks Better than Wines with Screw caps?

Recently, many wine producers have switched from corks to wines with screw caps. Many people are wondering if wines with corks are better than wines with screw caps?

The answer is no. Actually, screw caps preserve the wine a little bit better than most corks. I prefer screw caps, because they are easier to open and screw caps also are much easier if you’re at a hotel and you want to enjoy a bottle of wine in your room.

I can’t remember how many times I’ve forgotten to bring my wine opener on my trips. For those situations, the best option available is a wine that has a screw cap.

Cork is also a limited resource and so in that respect it’s better if wine producers switch to screw caps. Also many wine produces have switched from natural cork to these foamy corks, which I don’t really like because they’re much harder to take out.

I’ve actually ruined some of my Rabbit Wine Openers trying to open wines that have these foamy corks that are often too tight inside the bottle. So for that reason, I think screw caps are a better alternative to corks and wines with screw caps are in my opinion a lot easier and more convenient.

If the wine producer takes care to put to screw cap on correctly then the shouldn’t be any difference between wines with corks or wines with screw caps.

Buying Wine at the Airport

When you’re at an airport there are of course many options to buy wine. It’s always tempting to buy wine at the airport, because you have time to kill and you’ll see a wine that you may enjoy.

But then comes the hassle of getting the wine through security or even to travel with the purchased wines some airports require you to pack your wines inside your checked luggage, which is not a good idea unless you want broken wine bottles all over your suitcase.

If you happen to be allowed to carry the wine with you on-board, then you also have the hassle of having to go through security with your wine and protecting the wine from breakage on your flight, while other passengers try to stuff their oversized luggage in the overhead bin above your head.

For all those reasons I wouldn’t recommend buying wine at the airport. I would just wait until you get to your destination and buy wine there or if you’re going back home just wait until you get home and buy wine at your favorite wine store. Much easier and you save yourself a lot of hassle.

La Chapelle du Clos Malbec 2010

La Chaepelle du Clos 2010This is another great Malbec from France. Not 100% Malbec, but rather a blend of 85% Malbec and 15% Merlot.

The winemaker, Jean-Luc Baldes, has won the best estate and Winemaker in Southwest France award. He has been producing this Malbec, the Triguedina La Chapelle du Clos, for a number of years.

The wine is dark red in color and has dark blackberry fruit flavors that is both smooth and mineral in texture. Great level of acidity and smooth tannins. This Malbec will go well with meat dishes and cheeses, but is also great on its own. It received 88 points from The Wine Enthusiast.

Vinted & bottled by: Chateau Triguedina, Cahors region, France.

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Alc. 13%