While I support alternative wine packaging in all of its forms, I think this is going to be a tough sell:
Duval-Leroy, one of the larger Champagne houses which produced more than 6 million of the 320 million bottles of Champagne made last year, will start selling bottles with aluminium tops later this year…The move has taken the wine world by surprise and left many alarmed that one of the most pleasurable rituals of drinking Champagne – easing out the hard cork stopper – might be over.
I think it will be a long time before sparkling wines in general and Champagne in particular abandons bottles and corks. The popping of a cork is so ingrained in us that it elicits an almost Pavlovian response: pop goes the cork, on goes the celebration. We’re not giving that up any time soon.