A while ago I wrote an article listing some of the inconveniences of solid cork closures in bottles of wine. This way of stopping up bottles dates from the 17th century and it has to be said that technology has moved on a bit since those days! So yes, there are several alternatives available today to wine producers. Each one has its advantages, and some disadvantages, so I suppose it is fair to say that there is no « perfect » closure system for all wines. Since the advantages and disadvantages are of different orders, let’s take a look at them for each case.