Tasting Room Confessions - The Origins of the Wine Closure Debate

You’ve probably heard people argue about wine bottle closure.  Cork vs. screwtop.  Real cork or synthetic cork.  Bottle vs amphorae. People rage on about technical sounding concepts like TCA and Stelvins and all kinds of crazy advanced crap.  Arguments can employ precise percentages from comprehensive studies or anecdotal evidence from last night’s dinner.  People get really passionate about it too.  REALLY REALLY passionate.

Well I’ve kept silent long enough.  I need to make a confession.

The secret origin of the wine closure debate: I made it all up to distract people while I drank all their wine.  Sorry, guys.

The Creation of the Wine Closure Debate

One night, we were sitting around and there was only one glass left in the bottom of the last bottle of wine.  And everybody was too polite to pour it for themselves.  Or to afraid to be caught.  So I devised a cunning plan.

I told everybody about the advantages and disadvantages of cork closures as well as synthetic and screwtop closures.  I engineered these descriptions to cater to the political and philosophical tendencies of different people in the room.  And then I set them up to argue uselessly about which one is “better”.  While the argument ensued, I poured the last of the wine in my own glass.  My plan had worked.

the wine closure debate is a hoax designed to distract people while I drink all the wine

But the plan worked too well.  The argument was supposed to distract my friends for a few minutes while I snuck the last glass.  But it lasted ten minutes. Then thirty minutes. Then… it never ended.

Friends, stop arguing.  I know it will be hard to forgive my mischief and trickery. But I had to come clean so that you knew the truth.  You can’t drink wine and argue about bottle closures at the same time.

How to find us

Domaine O’Vineyards is just a few kilometres north of Carcassonne. GPS coordinates: 43.259622, 2.340387

Domaine O’Vineyards
885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire
11620 Villemoustaussou, France
Tel: +33(0) 630 189 910

  1. Follow the signs to Mazamet/ Villemoustaussou until the D118 (the last straight road) and the Dyneff gas station on the roundabout.
  2. Take the exit towards Pennautier. Continue 500m to a small roundabout and go straight over.
  3. Look out for the second road on your right, Avenue des Cévennes which goes up hill (about 1km) to Avenue de la Montagne Noire.
  4. At the last juction, bear left at the road sign “Ave de la Montagne Noire” (confusing as it seems to show a right turn)
  5. After another 500m you will see our red brick color building in the middle of the vines.