Saturday, March 29, 2008

Corks or Screwcaps - Part II

In July 2006, I wrote about the ongoing debate over the best closure for bottles of wine. Today most Australian, New Zealand, and Austrian white wines are sealed with screwcaps. In California, corks still predominate but screwcaps are gaining wider acceptance daily.

I just finished reading one of the more comprehensive discussions of this issue: "To Cork or Not to Cork; Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle" by George M. Taber. This book is an easy read by the former reporter for "Time" magazine and author of "The Judgment of Paris," another good read.

Taber covers the debate from all angles and delves into the history of wine closures. To the average wine drinker this may sound a bit too geeky; however, I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys reading about wine and is trying to better understand what all this fuss is about.