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Wax seals on wine are messy ego trips. It's time to say goodbye.

By Dave McIntyre

08 Sep 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Snobbery around wine goes with the territory but the wax seals have no place in a modern world. Bring on the humble screw cap.

As a wine lover who has dedicated a big piece of my liver encouraging people to try different wines of various styles, classics and future classics, from regions far-flung and nearby, I am usually willing and eager to open any bottle and give it a try. But there are some I dread opening. And no, I don't mean pet-nats. The bottles I recoil from are sealed in wax.

You've seen bottles with wax capsules. They look elegant, sleek, traditional, expensive. They conjure images of peasant vignerons of yore carefully hand-dipping bottles in molten wax, creating a seal that protects the cork from the ravages of time and rodents in the cellar. But today, they are just an affectation. After all, capsules of any ilk are on their way out.

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