Well, first of all, TWC doesn't do screwcaps. But for those of you who insist that screwcaps are the wave of the new millennium, Sebastiani has this nice little podcast lesson to get you started on removing one of those metal contraptions with a bit of a flourish. Keep in mind it's a little tough to finesse a screw top in the same way you can work a cork, but I guess it's a start.
BTW, the jury is definitely still out on whether screw caps are really all that much better than cork. Unless you don't mind the stench of burning rubber or rotten eggs on the nose that is.
Pretty sure the podcast requires I-tunes and it's about a 6mb download.
UPDATE: KR, comments below, that TWC has been swayed by old data or has failed to research this topic. However, the linked article is very recent, within the last few weeks, in fact.
Often overlooked is the ritual that includes foil cutting and the flourish of pulling the cork. Like the cigar guy with the cutter and the stick matches, the opening rituals are all part of enjoying the wine, something that is entirely lost with screwcaps, which is specifically why Sebastiani created the linked podcast.
I've been drinking wine a long time and IMO the problem of cork taint is vastly overstated. Certainly this is merely anecdotal evidence based on my personal consumption of some eight or nine thousand bottles of wine (Hello! Calling Betty Ford!). However, it is also true that of those bottles, only a handful were corked.
That is not to discount the problems with cork, it is to say that I prefer natural cork. It is to say that I like to rag on screwcaps and synthetic cork (I also diss white wine on occasion). It's fun.
More to the point, the advocates of screwcaps and synthetic cork claim these solutions are better than they apparently are.
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