Ain't no love lost between my lips and a champagne bottle but with this bit of news there is cause for alarm.
Along with the delights of (a) bubbles and (b) alcohol, the traditional champagne stopper also offered (c) the delicious lick of danger as the cork popped skyward and risked smashing lampshades, windows, the family china, or indeed taking someone's eye out. The Maestro, by comparison, goes nowhere. It is the cul-de-sac of corks.
Whole sordid tale at the Guardian here.
Can't see the Maestro cork demo? Try here.
This is how it's supposed to be done:
No argument in favor of artificial closures for wine bottles will sway TWC. It just isn't done. If God intended cork fakery, He certainly wouldn't have planted all those gorgeous Cork Oaks in Portugal.
Tip of the glass to Mariam R