Are screw caps a sign of inferior wine? Our wine expert weighs in.
Q.: Recently my boss gave me a screw-cap bottle of wine. Was this a nice gesture or should I be looking for another job?
A.: Corks once were the best way to seal a bottle, but they can deteriorate, giving the wine a musty, dank-cellar smell, known as cork taint. Without the cork, there can be no cork taint — that’s the current thinking; hence, many wineries are opting for screw caps, even for high-end wines.
So go ahead and taste the wine your boss gave you. It it’s good, raise a glass to a boss who appreciates your work. It it’s not, don’t polish of the bottle — but do polish up your resume.
By Charles Smothermon