With nearly 2,000 stores in the UK, Tesco is Britain’s biggest supermarket chain. They are reporting that more than half of all wine sold in their stores now come in screw-top bottles. The store says that approximately 55 per cent to 65 per cent of wine in its stores had made the switch away from traditional corks.
The pro-capper would say that new-style bottletops do not allow oxygen to reach red wines as they age, but prevent contamination caused by chemicals in some corks which can make wine taste musty. Traditionalist would argue screw-tops are not how wine is sealed and they remove the magic and romanticism of the cork removal process.
All I can say for sure, Screw-tops are here and their growth can not be ignored.