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A new report from Oregon State University maintains that the kind of closure used in a wine bottle – whether natural cork, synthetic cork, or a screw cap – makes no difference in the taste of wine.

However, another report from the same researchers suggests that, given a choice between a corked wine and a wine with a screw top, consumers almost always preferred the former and identified the latter as being lower in quality and therefore less expensive.
KC's View:
This happens to be a bias we share. Reasonable or not, part of the romance of a bottle of a wine is hearing that wonderful sound when the cork is pulled.

It is, in its own way, a differential advantage that wine has over other beverages. We understand the supply problems, but the industry needs to find a way to address the issue without losing the distinction.