I never thought I would see a French wine bottled with a screw cap. Well, it has happened, and more than once. As we consider ALL aspects of storing, transporting, serving, and drinking wine, our priorities can change.
In regards to closures, it was once believed that cork was the only way to seal wine in a bottle. Now we know that other closures may be better for the wine, the consumer, and the environment. The “right” answer may vary from wine to wine, and even change over time as we get more information.
Wine used to be transported in barrels to its destination of consumption, similar to beer. That changed with the development of glass bottles, making wine purchasing more economical and convenient. The 750ml bottle became the standard of the industry, and remained so for many years. Today, barrels (or kegs) are again being used to transport wine to the point of consumption and purchase. Furthermore wine is currently available in boxes, bags, plastic bottles, and can even be purchased by going to a retailer and “filling up” your container as if you were at a gas station. To date, none of these alternatives have jeopardized the quality of the wine. In fact, in many cases, the quality has been enhanced, just as we have seen with the screw cap.
In what alternative packaging have you obtained your favorite wines recently?