The old man uncorked the Montana Riesling, and the three of us “kids” stared in amazement at these crystals that had formed on the underbelly of the cork. The Crystals came from years of sitting in wait to be drunk.
I read somewhere once that most wine is opened within 24 hours of purchase. If you are to try to age wine, more than a few years in the cellar is too much, and the wine will turn towards a vinegar taste. Riesling is the one exception. The old man said we just caught this wine in time before it turned. It may have even turned a little already, he said, but to me it just tasted like the best apple juice I’ve ever had.
Conversation understandably stayed on topic. New Zealand has twist off wine bottles- no cork. I’ve heard that cork is going extinct, so the twist bottle is not only a positive for the environment s well as travelers who don’t carry a cork screw with them. However, winos, especially from Europe, seem to have a very hard time adjusting to the twist cap policy in NZ for wine. They look down their noses at the caps and scoff at the high prices for something that is cheaper than water where they come from.
The old man informed us that NZ transitioned to twist caps with some resistance. A few wineries held out with corks for as long as they could before they switched over. The old man used to make wine and enter it in competitions. His knowledge here surprised the shit out of me.
If you cork a wine bottle, about 1 in 10 of your bottles will be “corked”, before it’s even opened. If you happen to buy one of these bottles, you can exchange it at the store and try your luck again. As a wine maker, you better pray to your lucky stars the bottle you open for the judges isn’t corked.
The reason for this premature turning of the wine is…………Read Here
With the twist cap, you guarantee that 100% of your bottles are good. The winery’s losses from corked bottles drop to $0.
Could this be the future of wine? What will these Europeans think when cork truly is extinct, and cork wine bottles are truly a thing of the past? What will we do with all those cork screw bottle openers? Will future archaeologists perhaps think they are some kind of torturing device made to twist the eyeballs out of peoples eye sockets?
Just a thought.