Screw caps do not mean a loss in quality. To the contrary, screw caps ensure quality! Screw caps have actually become more reliable than corks when it comes to keeping air out, and when it comes to wine, it’s vital to keep the air out so the aromas and flavors stay alive. It’s true that corks play an important role in aging fine wines, but for everyday wines that are meant to be fresh, fruity, and consumed within the first few years of its release – bring on the caps! Plus, with the ease of opening and resealing, screw caps make a great choice.
Why is there value associated with “old vine” wines?
There is often the belief that older vines make better wine, and this is because as vines age, they produce less fruit, so the remaining fruit has less competition for sunlight and nutrients. The vines produce grapes, and therefore wine, with more concentrated flavors. In the U.S., the most common use is Old Vine Zinfandel, because in California, vineyards up to 125 years old are still bearing small amounts of prized Zinfandel fruit. There is no objective definition to verify an “old vine” wine, but they typically refer to wines whose vines are 30-40 years old.
What is the best temperature to serve my white wines, red wines and sparkling wines at?
Temperature is the single most important factor in improving or detracting from your wine drinking experience. Many people drink their white wines too cold, and red wines too warm – so here’s a quick guide. White wines should be served cool, not cold (take out of the refrigerator 10 min. ahead of time). Sparkling wines should be cold to the touch (and kept in an ice bucket) to keep the bubbles lively. Red wines should actually be slightly cool (60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit). Enjoy your tasting experience!
Originally published in our Gold Wine Club's The Wine Press, Trentadue Winery and La Storia Wines edition.