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The Bane of Screwcapped Wine

I really love the screw cap, now being put on many wines from New Zealand, Australia, and the US. There’s no risk of tainted bottles, it’s inexpensive, and it keeps prices low, since natural corks can get expensive. But yes, there is a lack of flourish when your bottle opens with a snap, rather than a pop. I’ve seen a number of products hoping to add panache to the screwcap opening process: one is the Butterfly Wine Opener, a polished gizmo that grips onto the cap and turns with the depression of levers. It’s very elegant. There’s also the TorkScrew, a less formal opener that opens many kinds of bottles—corks as well as screwcaps. They take some getting used to, but sometimes, you can use the most basic tool: a firm hand.

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