Kenneth C. Fugelsang

Alternative Closures: A Technical Look (2-Cassette Session)


Unified Wine & Grape Symposium ~ 2003

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Closures are intended to protect bottled wine from spoiling and leaking until the bottle is opened by the consumer. Traditional bottle stoppers manufactured from cultivated cork oak have some identified limitations. This discussion will explore the various alternative closures that are currently available, some of the possible technical benefits and limitations of these alternatives, and some of the marketing implications of using alternative closures.