Close a wine bottle without a cork

If a cork has grown moldy, broken, has disappeared or is no longer suitable for closing a wine bottle for other reasons, there are alternatives. Conical stoppers made of rubber, wood or metal are popular because of their decorative appearance. Twist locks or clamp locks are also suitable if they have the necessary properties.

Closure only helps partially

After uncorking a bottle, the physical process of oxidation begins. The process known as "breathing " is initially important for the development of the wine. With increasing duration, however, it affects the taste and in the foreseeable future leads to "death by pleasure".

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Simply sealing a wine bottle with opened contents will only help a little to slow down this process. Nevertheless, the oxygen supply should definitely be interrupted after the bottle has been closed. The oxygen that has penetrated the empty space in the bottle continues its taste-destroying work.

Types of closure and aids

Conical stoppers

The decorative cones made of glass, wood or metal usually have rings made of rubber or plastic on the flanks to create airtightness. Rubber cone plugs automatically bring this property with them. Especially with metal models, the dead weight ensures a stable fit.

Closing caps with springs

Metal heads with a sealing disc mounted on a spring are suitable for different types of bottles. Two folding side wings are attached for attachment. In order to achieve an airtight seal, the wings must be able to "lock into place" on glass beads. Not all wine bottles have the right beads.

Hang in a teaspoon

As with other, especially carbonated, drinks, the insider tip of stuffing a teaspoon into the open neck of the bottle is a physical "duck".

Plastic corks

As can already be seen with some uncorking, cylindrical plastic corks are also suitable as closures. A plastic cork pulled from the bottle, however, in many cases does not have the property of being slightly smaller when turned upside down, as is almost always the case with natural corks.

Twist and screw cap

Similar to the sealing caps, the fastening option is decisive in order to prevent the air supply. There are universal models for which a bead on the bottle neck is sufficient to be able to "grip " the thread.

Tips & Tricks You need to cut off the air supply to the bottle. If you do not have a suitable tool available, you can also close the wine bottle with "stuffed" leather or other dense fabric.