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The Bellinghman
Date: 2008-08-07 09:35
Subject: Ah, I was right after all
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A while back, at a party, the subject turned to wine bottle closures, and the subject of screwcaps. I commented on how it wasn't just the New World wines any more, but that even German and French wines now on occasion sported them.

Somebody there (and since I don't recall who it was, I shall be kind and not mention his name) said that French wines never have screwcaps.

I said as how I was fairly sure I'd encountered one recently.

Ah no, they're not allowed, not if they're Appellation Controllée, was the response.

Well, not having evidence to hand, I demurred.

As the subject will indicate, the statement was wrong: either that, or there are faked bottles of French wine in the local shops. They're rare, but it illustrates the 'not all swans are white' problem. Here then is my black swan.
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MEG
User: djelibeybi
Date: 2008-08-07 16:55 (UTC)
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At a wine tasting IN FRANCE last year, over half the (local) wines had screw caps. I questioned this and was told that a lot of them are going over to screw caps because the wine keeps better and is less affected by the material.

Now, how much of that was true, or sales buff, is left as an exercise for the reader.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-08-07 22:12 (UTC)
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Wine critics are nearly unanimous in my experience for saying that the modern screwcap is the best and most reliable way of looking after wine. I definitely prefer them over the plastic stoppers, and I've had a few corks go distinctly soggy over the long run.

I'm glad to see that your local experience concurs with mine - assuming those local wines were AoC, of course, rather than VdP or VdT. (Not that Vins de Pays et de Table are necessarily bad, many aren't, just that the declaration had been about AoC.)
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MEG
User: djelibeybi
Date: 2008-08-08 18:08 (UTC)
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It was a rather special wine tasting in a private chateau and the hosts would've turned their noses up at the lesser ranges. Considering the prices, I damned well expect they were good quality. We never ordered any as nothing really grabbed us so cannot verify this assumption.
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Martin Wisse
User: martin_wisse
Date: 2008-08-08 08:32 (UTC)
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Of course, both screwcaps and plastic corks are so much more environmentally unfriendly than traditional cork, it's just not funny.

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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-08-08 09:09 (UTC)
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Screwcap recycling shouldn't be much of a problem. They're much smaller than tin cans. As for real corks - I guess they either end up in landfill, or burnt to return their CO2 burden to the atmosphere.

Plastic 'corks' are a real pain, and I'm glad they're not really taking hold.
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