jamie goode's wine blog

Monday, February 13, 2006

It's been a day without internet today. Only now, at 21.30, am I able to pick up emails and update the blog. Of course, some days I don't do this through competing pressures on time; today I had the time but not the connection. It's a good discipline to occasionally abstain from connectivity of the wired kind.

So what am I busy with at the moment? A lot of my attention is focused on finishing my second book, but it's one I'm sort-of embarrassed about. It's an important book that needs to be written, but I'm worried people will mock me when they find out it is restricted to the topic of wine bottle closures.

But, to quote Peter Godden and Leigh Francis of the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI): It can be argued that closing the bottle remains one of the greatest technical issues facing the wine industry. The winemaker can control many aspects of wine production to create a wine suitable for the marketplace, and yet there can be an unpredictable incidence of problems once the wine is bottled, due in large part to the properties of the closures used. (From the introduction to the AWRI closure report of 2001.)

The book is an unbiased, balanced account of the closures debate, and it's scheduled for publication this May. It will be a cracking read.


At 11:08 PM, Blogger David Ogilvie said...

I'll have to look for it state side. It is a very good topic and does need some good literature. So, what is your take on the whole situation. I find that here in Georgia people are getting much more comfortable with the Screw Cap for wines that they are drinking soon, which is pretty much 95% of consumers if not more. How do you think Crew caps affect the aging potential of a wine?

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

David, good questions. I'm not going to answer them now, though, because I don't think I could do them justice in just a couple of paragraphs. I guess I'll have to blog properly on the subject.

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Dont give your views yet Jamie as we had better wait for the book!!!!
For what it is worth,my personal view is that screwcaps are here too stay,and in 50 years I suspect all but the very few "trophy" wines will have this form of closure.

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, Keith, especially if they develop a series of liners that offer different permeabilities (the two current liners are tin/saran and saranex, one very low oxygen transmission, one quite high - we really need something between the two).


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