Letters - Corks or screwcaps?

Roger Scruton's column on corks (Wine, 22 August) is all about style and ignores the substance. The cork originally came into use as a bottle closure simply because there was not anything better available at the time. Now, hundreds of years later, we have much better options, thanks to technology.

Scruton no doubt has his collection of button hooks, vinyl LPs, dial phones and slide rules. I'm sure that the Luddite in him enjoys them immensely. Cork v screwcap, however, is a quality issue, and practical matters such as taste and aroma have priority over an insignificant difference in appearance.

Thomas Shudic
Burbank, California, US

This article first appeared in the 29 August 2005 issue of the New Statesman, President Hillary: can she do it?