The screwtop issue is becoming more pressing every day. In the last month I’ve drunk or reviewed at least a couple of dozen wines with screwtop closures. I’d guess about 25 per cent of them – and maybe higher as I haven’t been keeping statistics – have that nasty burnt rubber, metallic fart smell to… Continue reading Screwed, Part 2
Man am I getting tired of corked wine. I am ESPECIALLY tired of $50 wine that’s corked. Last summer I visited Columbia Crest and discovered they test all cork deliveries with spectrometers refusing any that are tainted. This should be the industry standard. At the very least you need to send a random sampling of… Continue reading Corked off
So Ladies and Gentlemen, the plot is thickening steadily! Yesterday, I had a conversation with a winery owner who had to trash half a bottling run (!Sob!) because it was ‘corked.’ And of course he has bottled nothing but screwtop for years. The wine was bottled in two batches. The first half, the 8 to… Continue reading More Adventures in Wines that’s “Screwed”
It’s official folks. I finally got a ‘corked’ (i.e. contaminated with either TCA or TBA, ) bottle of wine under a screwtop. I thought I was hallucinating. I left the bottle on the counter and tried it again this morning when my buds were freshest. Still tainted. Wife didn’t like it either. I called the… Continue reading Corked Wine in a Screwtop?