Most wines available in supermarkets in the UK seem to have screw-caps these days. I don’t know why, it must help the supermarket in some way but I would imagine most people find them cheap-looking and unromantic.
Besides not liking to open a bottle without the familiar pop of a cork, I’ve also long suspected that the dregs of Europe’s wine production are shipped to the UK in bottles with screw caps and passed off as drinkable to a nation with a notoriously indifferent palate.
In France and Italy, even in large supermarkets, you will never see wine with screw-tops.
If you know nothing about wine and want to be an expert in 10 seconds, read this: spend more than £8 and only buy a bottle with a cork in it. Doing this will ensure you bypass 95% of the dross.
And More. It turns out there’s a good ecological reason for supporting the cork…
So that settles it.
The British attitude to wine…
Somehow this seems to say a huge amount, perhaps even everything you need to know about the British.
What we are seeing here are pre-poured glasses of wine (plastic glasses) with tin foil peel-back lids (yes, yogurt-pot-style) for sale in Marks & Spencer’s, of all places. Cheers gluggers. (clack!)
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