Opting for Cork, and Backing It Up

Oregon's Domaine Serene is convinced it can guarantee every bottle
Feb 24, 2016

Bottles ruined by cork taint frustrate everyone. Despite the success so many top wineries have had with twist-offs, there are those who balk at using them. Domaine Serene stuck with cork when many of its prominent neighbors went all-in for the screwcap.

Stalwarts such as Chehalem, WillaKenzie, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Maysara, Patton Valley, Raptor Ridge, Boedecker, Sineann, Siduri, Argyle and Roco consistently rate in the 90-plus range ("Outstanding" on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale) in my tastings, employing twist-offs. Ponzi, Erath, Trisaetum and Penner Ash use them for white wines. But Ken and Grace Evenstad, Domaine Serene's owners, could not bring themselves to join that trend.

Member-Only Content

Premium Subscription

Join today and get immediate access to this article, and to our entire database of more than 400,000 wine ratings. It only takes moments—but it will help you drink better all year long.

Start Free 30-day Trial

Already a member? Sign In

You Might Also Like

Return to Long Island

Return to Long Island

Checking in on New York’s North Fork wine region

May 28, 2021
Rare Gems at Abreu Vineyards

Rare Gems at Abreu Vineyards

Winemaker Brad Grimes is crafting some of the finest Cabernets in Napa Valley from Abreu's …

May 26, 2021
Hall Goes Big with Small-Batch Cabernets

Hall Goes Big with Small-Batch Cabernets

With nearly 300 acres of vineyards at its disposal and large-scale bottlings complementing …

May 24, 2021
Cathiard Family Estate: A French Makeover Beneath the Mayacamas

Cathiard Family Estate: A French Makeover Beneath the Mayacamas

The former Flora Springs estate is getting an upgrade from the family behind Château Smith-…

May 17, 2021
Exclusive First Look: Newton Vineyard Rebuilds After 2020 Wildfires

Exclusive First Look: Newton Vineyard Rebuilds After 2020 Wildfires

The Newton property on Napa's Spring Mountain was destroyed by last September's Glass fire. …

May 10, 2021
Kinsman Eades Is Poised to Make Its Mark

Kinsman Eades Is Poised to Make Its Mark

For Nigel and Shae Kinsman, the road to Cabernet success started in Australia and passed …

May 5, 2021