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Possibly Screwed: The Wine Guerilla, 100% Cork Want to Win Over Your Wine


Cork and Screwcap

Everyone has days where they should put a cork in it. Other times, most of us shrug away our first impressions, instincts or judgments and just say ‘screw it.’ Determined to be the winning angel on your shoulder, 100% Cork and Wine Guerrilla have each started their own movements to influence the thing that’s stopping you. Or, rather, the thing that’s sealing your wine.

In this corner, we have 100% Cork’s fresh-faced, altruistic-sounding sweetheart, smiling broadly as if she’s been preparing this argument forever:

“A new year-long study finds that CO2 emissions — a key factor in global warming — are 24x higher for screwcaps and 10x higher for plastic stoppers than natural cork.”

And then, thrown in for good measure:

“An amphora from the 1st century BC found in Ephesus was not only sealed with a cork stopper but also still contained wine.”

The environment and a bunch of words that sound almost like they could come from the Bible (Jesus used cork!?) – but are definitely from history and are therefore relevant! Nicely done, 100% Cork. Well played.

Over here, the Wine Guerrilla’s black-clad version of the Sexy Librarian (it’s a Jungian archetype. Look it up), is waiting patiently. She holds the crowd for a charged minute before finally purring her retort in a cool, sophisticated Kathleen Turner-esque voice:

“Natural cork closures have a centuries long heritage; however, tree-bark related shortcomings allow a bottle of wine to become tainted. The principal culprit responsible for cork-tainted wine is TCA (2,4,6-Trichloroanisole) which occurs when microorganisms in the cork combine with chemicals used in production to kill bacteria. The result is a flat, moldy flavor. It is estimated that 3-10% of all bottled wines are ‘corked.'”

She ends with a snide comment about going on a romantic picnic and uncorking a good wine with your shoe.


To decide for yourself which stopper you want up in there – and why – check out Wine Guerrilla’s We Love Screwcaps, and 100% Cork’s website.



  1. Natalie Morgan | Friday, August 20, 2010

    I am really into screwcaps. Not gonna lie. Usually well priced, great quality and tasty wine!

  2. Ashley | Friday, August 20, 2010

    Ahhh yes. Very controversial topic, but I really enjoy the way that Arianna portrayed the hot debate. I, for one, do not have a preference for screw caps or cork. I have had great wines from both styles of closure. I would need to do more research in order to create a firm stand on either side. And thanks to this post, I now know what sources to look at to do so…

  3. Brian | Friday, August 20, 2010

    Doesn’t matter to me, though screw tops do yell “value wine” to me. But as we all know, that’s not necessarily true.

  4. Galen Struwe | Saturday, August 21, 2010

    It’s a no brainer for us. Sacre Bleu wines will forever be screw caps. Great post!

  5. Arianna Armstrong | Saturday, August 21, 2010

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone! Personally, I feel like there is a time and place for both.

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