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A new wine cork that screws into the bottle is being unveiled. But why is there still so much snobbery in the battle between traditional cork and screw-top?

The sound is unmistakeable.

A scientist might talk about the explosive pop of a wine cork in terms of pressure or elasticity.

But for wine lovers, the distinctive creak and pop means something good is happening. It triggers associations – social intimacy, relaxation, nuanced aromas, celebration – that go far beyond just a slug of alcohol.

The unveiling this week of a new style of cork raises the question of why the traditional kind continues to dominate much of the wine world.

The Helix is opened with just a twist of the hand. No corkscrew is necessary as the top of the bottle has a thread inside.

The glass bottle and cork combination for wine is thought to have started in the 17th Century. But newer materials exist today that some argue are better suited for sealing a bottle than cork.

Screw caps and plastic corks have been embraced by producers fed up with wine becoming “corked” – the unpleasant musty taste, likened to wet dog, which is caused by tainted cork.

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Sparkling wine and cider offered rare glimpses of positive news in the latest WSTA Market Report, which shows volume declines across both UK wine and spirit sales.

 

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While UK total alcohol sales have fallen by 2% in the off-trade and 3% in the on-trade during the last 12 months, the sparkling wine category enjoyed 6% growth in the off-trade, while on-trade cider sales saw a 5% increase.

There was an even stronger on-trade performance from the resurgent RTD category, which experienced a 3% sales increase over the 12 months to November 2012, boosted by a 15% uplift in the last 12 weeks. However the category’s volumes fell by 7% in the off-trade over the year.

There was a similarly mixed picture for Champagne, whose 9% decline in the off-trade during the last 12 weeks was mitigated by a 13% increase in the on-trade during the same period.

As inflation on wines and spirits hit 2.4% and 5.9% respectively, the sub-£4 end of the wine market continued to show declines, while all price bands above £7 per bottle saw double-digit growth.

While light wine sales experienced the same 2% off-trade decline as total alcohol figures, there were strong performances from Spain and New Zealand, which saw 16% and 11% volume growth respectively.

 

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Think before you buy!

Think before you buy!

UK market conditions continue to be tough as consumers ‘tighten their belts and shop around for value’, the Wine and Spirits Trade Association has warned as it releases its latest market report.

In the last 12 weeks, off-trade sales of Champagne have declined by 9%, while wine under £4 has continued to decline, according to the WSTA’s 12-week round-up of statistics from various analysts such as Nielsen and CGA.

While off-trade Champagne is down, the sparkling, non-Champagne, category is one of the best performers. According to Nielsen it is the only major alcohol category in growth over the last year, up 6% in the last 12 months and up 9% in the last 12 weeks.

In a separate report, UK supermarket Waitrose says sales of English sparkling wine have shown a year-on-year increase of 30%, thanks in part to… read on