jamie goode's wine blog: Closures debate, part 4348

Monday, March 26, 2007

Closures debate, part 4348

If you thought the closures debate was dead, then take a look at the comments in response to a news story on Decanter.com. Some interesting reading: I'm particularly interested by the post by Eric Baugher. Not so convinced by Chris Exley's point: the wine simply doesn't come into contact with aluminium in a screwcap unless someone forgot to put the liner in.

I've been researching a piece on wine cabinets. It's made me look round the house trying to think of a place where I could store one - it would have to be a big space, as I'd like something with a 200 bottle capacity. I'm one of those people who worries about wine storage conditions almost obsessively.



At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamie, can i ask whether you have a collection wines for drinking/ obsessively hoarding, or do you just work through "work" samples?

regards ed

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, I have a rather modest collection of stuff I like. I work through samples, too. It's not terribly carefully planned - it's just what I find interesting at the time.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Sonadora said...

Ah I would love a 200+ cabinet...sadly, the husband and I don't see eye-to-eye on that issue at the moment, despite the fact that our new house has a large basement that could easily fit a unit..I think it's a perfect solution until I can convince him to let me build an actual wine cellar...!

At 7:53 PM, Blogger ~ Phyll said...

An interesting read at Decanter.com! After reading some of the compelling comments, I stand by my initial opinion: Stelvin screw -- ok for unaged wine meant for immediate consumption, but not ok for the purpose of aging. Natural cork - ok for any type (immediate consumption or for aging).

I am extremely concerned that recently I've only been able to find some of my favorite German rieslings with the Stelvin enclosures. I can see myself buying that 2005 JJ Christoffel Urz Wurz Kabinett for tonight or in the next few weeks...but I can't bring myself to buy cases of it for years down the line.

I think I'm not the only one who feel this way, and I may be sounding like a cliche.

At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Doug said...

Re Decanter

Q: How many wine experts does it take to twist a screwcap on a bottle?

A: Three. One to boom about cork, another to bellyache about stelvin, and a third to have closure on the whole experience

At 9:27 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Sonodora, how refreshing to hear this the other way around, if you see what I mean. I guess where you are located, wine storage is an issue in the summer. Think how much fun it would be.

Phyll, quite understand your point.

Doug, keep that day job...

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Jamie---why are you obsessed by wine storage conditions? Surely in Blighty you only get a couple of weeks a year,where the temperature goes above 20C in the shade.
Do you not have a nice north facing room in which to store wine.I have about 1200 bottles in my garage,and have never had a problem with high temperatures.Now if cold weather affected the wine,I may be in trouble!!


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