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Dec. 23, 2015, 9:20 a.m. EST

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By Charles Passy

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The screw cap bottle

Wine snobs can have a field day when it comes to screw cap bottles, saying that cork is the only way to go. But screw cap advocates argue that too much wine in the world goes to waste because of cork, since the age-old sealing method can result in otherwise good vino being ruined by cork that’s been infected by nasty little microorganisms. (There’s even a term for this: “cork taint.”) Leave it to wine enthusiast (and screw cap advocate) Gordon Getty, who also happens to be one of the world’s richest individuals, to come up with a way for lovers of the grape to see for themselves which enclosure method makes sense. He releases his Cade Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon in a special two-pack ($360) — one bottle is standard cork, the other is a screw cap. But once you get past the debate, you can enjoy the wine itself, which has been hailed as a quality Napa Cab.

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