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Ask a Wine Pro: Why Do Wine Bottles Have Foil Closures?

1 month ago   |   By Vine Pair

Opening a bottle of wine, be it freshly bought from the store or one plucked from your home “cellar,” often requires the use of a corkscrew to dislodge the cork, and a knife of some sort to remove the foil surrounding it.
For some, the foil is nothing more than an inconvenience standing in the way of an enticing glass of wine, while others may see it as part and parcel of longstanding wine traditions. But there is a legitimate reason why wine bottles contain foil closures.
“The purpose is really quite simple,” says Amy Racine, beverage director of JF Restaurants. “The foil around the cork...
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