Dear Wine Master,
I would be most grateful if you could tell me about the history behind putting a gold neat around a bottle of wine. And why it is so popular with certain people. One story I heard is that it was used for the same reason as a wax seal on an envelope . . . way back when.
Many thanks for your enquiry about wire netting. From a traditional angle, this practise was adopted by wine makers in Rioja for their Gran Reserva quality wines. Wrapping the bottle in wire netting was introduced as an attempt to assure the consumer that this expensive wine had not been tampered with. Your analogy with wax seals is spot on!
As to popularity, this would be down to consumer confidence in the authenticity of the wine. Popularity in modern days probably arises from the attraction to packaging differences.