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corked Oyster

November 27, 2006

i highly recommend oyster bay pinot noir.

and because i highly recommend it i sell quite a bit of it. it’s an $18 bottle and a good pick if you like a nice wet rolling wine with fruit-forward tendencies and enough complexity to pair well with most foods as well as stand on its own merit.

this morning a customer returned a bottle, insisting it was corked*.

i didn’t argue. we always give refunds and we generally don’t insist on a reason (though customers usually insist on giving one–or in this case making one up). oyster bay is out of New Zealand.

it’s a screwtop.

* ‘corked’ is a wine term that indicates a bottle’s cork has gone bad (usually via mold spores) and ruined the flavor of the wine. screw top bottles do not utilize corks, and thus can never be considered ‘corked’ per se.

kiwis (new zealanders) are pioneers in screwtop technologies for better preserving wines

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