from the Winemaker

 

 

 

 

Cork vs. Screw Caps

As we have reached the 21st century the wine industry has advanced and created new options for winemakers. Wine bottles can be closed with natural cork, synthetic corks or screw caps. However, the entire situation is very controversial. Winemaker’s retailers and consumers all have their own opinions on closure.

One huge influence on preference is wine become "corked" or tainted (http://www.azom.com/Details.asp?ArticleID=2535) because of natural cork. Many consumers cannot distinguish the difference between tainted wine and wine they not enjoy. Wineries do not want to take a chance of this happening because customers will not return to that winery with the belief that the winery produces bad wine. Yet, the wine world has not found out how wine will age while close with a screw cap. Screw baps have been around for many decades, but use has always been associated with “cheap” or less expensive beverages. Winemakers are now choosing to use them on their wines, but not enough time has elapsed to know the effects on the wine.

Many ideas influence a winemaker’s choice of closure. (http://wine.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Screw_Top_Wine_Bottles) More ideas include environmental factors, ceremony of opening wine, storage and even convenience. The result of wine closure is completely in the winemakers hands.

(by Liz Stepniewski)

 
Sparkling Reds

When people hear about sparkling wines, most associate this with other countries versions of champagne. However, a new rage has begun with sparkling red wines.

Australia seems to be the best place to find these sparkling wines or also called sparkling burgundies. In 1881 (http://www.rumball.com/au/history.htm) the first Australian Sparkling Burgundy was produced and since hen Australia has been creating some of the highest quality sparkling red wines, such as Rockford Black Shiraz, Irvine Sparkling Merlot and Leasingham Classic Clare.

Sparkling red wines are produced the same way Champagne is crated, but winemakers are choosing to use different red grapes. These wines come out of the bottle must frothier that other red wines and settle down to a dark, red purple color. These wines of bold smells of fruit, berries and oak, just as other red wines, yet the texture and feeling in your mouth is something unique and special.

These sparkling burgundies can be produced from the merlot grape, pinot nior, cabernet, malbec and others, but it most commonly will be found as a sparkling Shiraz. (http://www.winerackshop.com/sparkling.htm)

(by Liz Stepniewski)

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