April 14, 1975

Champagne Corks

Author Affiliations

Monarch Wine Co., Inc. Brooklyn, NY

JAMA. 1975;232(2):136. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250020014013

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To the Editor.—  A professional acquaintance was kind enough to pass on to me a copy of The Journal containing the MEDICAL NEWS article, "Caution: Champagne Cork May Be Hazardous to Sight" (230:1625, 1974).As one of the major producers of New York State champagne, we are particularly sensitive to this problem—so sensitive, in fact, that more than seven months ago we stopped using corks on all of our bottles of sparkling wine. Today, every one of the millions of bottles of champagne and other sparkling wines shipped from our winery is sealed with an aluminum, twist-off cap that releases pressure slowly and safely.This change eliminates the traditional "pop" of the cork that has somehow been mistakenly accepted as part of the "romance" of champagne. In fact, the slow release of pressure is the correct way to open this "nectar of the Gods." The French, who invented champagne, always