Bottle Service : What’s the difference between wine with a screw top or cork?

Q. What is the difference between a good bottle of wine with a screw top or a good bottle of wine with a cork? Does the fact that it has a screw top have anything to do with the quality of the wine? (this is a white wine only question).

A. Traditionally, wine was always closed using a cork since at the time that was the only air-tight means of sealing a bottle which could then be transported. Today, it is possible to seal wine using a screw-cap, but research is being done as to whether the cork adds anything to the aging process of a fine wine. Before the research can be conclusive, it is safe to say that most good bottles of wine will have corks. A few companies are just starting to experiment, so you may see more fine bottles of wine with screw caps in the future, especially given the world-wide shortage of cork.

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Giving Grief: If you don’t attend a wedding should you still send a gift?

Q. When one has received an invitation to a wedding, assuming good manners, should one send a gift even if you are not attending the wedding? I always thought that if the bride and groom thought enough to send you an invitation, that you really need to send them a gift. I have found an astounding number of very nice people who do not send gifts even though they received an invitation. Also, if you have helped to give a major party for the bride and groom, does that exempt you from having to give a gift?

A. You are correct. An invitation to a wedding requires a gift even if you are unable to attend. Helping give a party for the bride and groom does not exempt you from having to give a gift, but the choice and cost of the gift is up to you