Wine study aims to end cork-or-cap debate

British scientists could soon provide a definitive answer to the years-long debate over whether wine tastes better from a cork or screw cap bottle.

Members of the public can take part in the Oxford University experiment that is using brain-scanning technology to test how the sounds, aromas and sensations associated with opening a wine bottle influence their taste buds.

Researchers will also fit participants with brain-scanning headwear, monitoring their pleasure receptors as they take part in a further series of tests.

The experiment aims to end years of debate among the wine industry and consumers alike about which method produces the best taste.

The most widely held opinion so far seems to be that no closure – natural or synthetic cork, screw cap or even the latest screw cork – is perfect.

Professor Charles Spence, head of experimental psychology at the Crossmodal Research Laboratory, said the experiment marked the first effort by scientists to definitively prove which closure provided…

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