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Northwest Totem Cellars has chosen for our red wines, the new glass stopper by Alcoa in our effort to be more wine and environmentally friendly; our glass closures can be recycled. Further, it is estimated by industry analysts that between 3-8% of all wine ends up contaminated with the chemical TCA. While there is plenty of debate over how often a wine obtains TCA or any other complications due to cork, we simply like this system as it comes from a renewable source and can be recycled.  A little more expensive than cork, we hope more wineries will give glass a chance and help this closure sytem become more widely used, as it is becoming in Europe.

TCA (2,4,6-trichloroanisole) is the primary chemical responsible for causing what is known as “cork taint.” – Wine Spectator 5/23/06

Alcoa’s new glass and acrylic closures provide an exceptionally attractive alternative to corks, synthetic corks and screw caps. The elegant new closure looks like a decorateive decanter stopper and is recycleable. Moreover, it fits in most standard wine bottles and can be reused forever at home with your favorite wine.

Made with a flexible plastic 0-ring, the stopper provides a sterile seal, preventing contamination or oxidation. A traditional aluminum neck foil, as with most other wines, ensures a mechanical protection and tamper evidence. Wine does not have to be stored on its side because there is no need to keep a cork moist. However, the wine can be stored upright, on it side or upside down.

We hope you enjoy our choice. Just cut the foil as you do when opening any wine and give it a “Thumbs Up!”

 From Wine Press Northwest Blog by Andy Perdue:

Woodinville winery switches to glass ‘corks’

Northwest Totem Cellars in Woodinville, Wash., has switched all of its red wine closures to the glass Vino-Seal. A handful of Northwest wineries, including Sineann, Syncline, Solena and Barking Frog, have begun to use the Alcoa product, an elegant alternative to corks and screwcaps.

Alcoa actually makes two versions of this stopper, in glass and acrylic. The latter is quite a bit less expensive. The entire package creates a perfect seal and is protected by foil or metal.

Best of all, no cork taint and no need for a special tool to get to the wine.

Mike Sharadin is the owner/winemaker of Northwest Totem Cellars, a fairly new producer whose first releases have been well received.