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Will France finally succumb, abandon corks?


U.S. winemakers, tired of wine spoiled by bad corks, have been saying for years that, while they would love to replace them with screwtop closures, they don’t dare until somebody big – Diamond Creek or Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, perhaps – leads the way.

            Well, it finally might be happening. A London newspaper reports that two of the world’s most prestigious wineries -- Burgundy’s Domaine de la Romanée Conti and Bordeaux’s Chateau Margaux – are looking into it.

            And in California, the top-rated Napa Valley winery PlumpJack, which makes $200 cabernet sauvignons, has tried a 10-year experiment, putting half its reserve cabs in corked bottles and half under screwcaps, and found the screwcaps just as good.

            Wine fans, what do you think? Would this be progress? Or the end of life as we know it?

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