Are twist-off bottles inferior to traditional corked bottles?
Let us start by saying no, no, and no! Twist-off bottles are not inferior to corked wines, and in some ways, might keep the wine from spoiling. The objective of a wine bottle closure is to keep oxygen out of the bottle. “Cork” itself is harvested from the bark of Cork Oak Trees. Cork varies in density which can grow porous over time, thus allowing oxygen to enter the bottle and possibly spoil the wine. On the other hand, a twist top is engineered to create a tight seal, which prevents the oxygen from entering the bottle.
In summary, a twist top is not inferior to cork. However, it may not live up to the satisfying and time-honored tradition of “popping the cork”!