Corks or Screw Caps – Which to Use?

We get asked all the time as to why our Rosé of Grenache has a screw cap and our Petite Sirah is corked.

So here’s the answer!

According to Dave McIntyre, a wine writer whose columns appear in The Washington Post, “winemakers prefer screw caps for white wines and reds meant to be drunk young. Corks are used for mature reds.”

James Foster, the senior winemaker at Cupcake, helps explains it further “Bigger, fuller wines benefit from a little oxygen that the cork naturally allows the wine to intake while it’s in the bottle. The tiny bit of air inside the bottle, helps smooth out the tannins, which give reds their velvety mouth feel but can also create a harsher taste. The extra air oxidizes the tannins so they are softer, making the wine “even more drinkable.” he says.

On the other hand, “The screw cap does not allow oxygen to enter the bottle which helps to ensure the wine remains crisp and well-preserved.” Foster says.