The cork is dead, long live the cork!
August 30, 2009 10:43 AM Subscribe
Alternative wine closures
are being resisted. Alcoa's new glass stopper with Dupont's vinyl ring
costs nearly the same as a cork (50¢ to 70¢ each), but requires new bottling machines. Although cheaper screw caps also prevent undesirable compounds
from tainting wine, and eliminates the need for horizontal storage, they change the purist aspect of the bottle and are not biodegradable. Naturalists point out the problem of having cork forests disappear
in the Mediterranean region from low demand.