I’m very old fashioned and sentimental when it comes to wine closures. Most of my 40-year career of wine drinking has involved opening wines with a real cork. I get a thrill each time I use my waiter’s corkscrew to open a bottle of wine. There is nothing like that popping sound when I pull the cork from the bottle. That sound has come to mean something very special to me, one that signifies I am about to embark on very pleasurable adventure. The unfortunate part of being a bargain wine hunter today is that many reasonably priced wines come with screw tops.
With a screw top there is less chance for a wine to go bad, (corked) and the cost for the winery to use screw tops is less than for corks. Screw tops are fine for wines that you are going to drink within a short period of time. Although some may argue with this, I do not believe that a bottle of wine with a screw top is going to improve sitting in your wine cellar for a of couple years. It will taste the same as the day you stuck it in the cellar or perhaps worse, but never better. No oxygen is going to pass through a screw top so those subtle aging characteristics produced by a cork are not going to take place. Corks breathe, screw tops to not. I am not recommending that you shy away from purchasing wine with screw tops but that you are aware that these wines are to drink now. When you purchase wine that comes with a screw top, be sure to drink it within a year.
Be sure you open the bottle properly. There is a right way and a wrong way to open a screw top bottle of wine. Several months back I created a very short slide video showing the proper way to open a screw-top bottle of wine. For those of you that have trouble opening a screw-top bottle of wine, it is worth a view.