Screw It

Am I the only one who feels slightly bamboozled when a great wine has a screw top? Opening a bottle of wine is part of the experience. I can still remember how difficult it was for me the first time, the second time, heck, probably the 100th time. Occasionally, I will meet a cork that has had a difficult life requiring extra special attention. I’ve had moments of cockiness that left me looking inexperienced and foolish. You know the moment I’m talking about…that moment that you stab your corkscrew into the bottle with only half a look to line it up and half the power needed to properly puncture the cork and you find yourself twisting down cock-eyed and mumbling, “Oh crap” to yourself as you realize the cork is going to break and break in a bad way. But for the most part, its a dance with the bottle. It’s foreplay. Occasionally, I find myself thoroughly enjoying a bottle of wine with a dang screw top, like tonight, and I usually feel cheated. I’ve skipped the foreplay and gone straight in for the…well ya’ know what.
So Bonny Doon Vineyards has successfully impressed me with this wine. It’s 62% cabernet sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot, 8% Tannat, 7% Syrah and 1% Petit Syrah. It’s a fruity California wine that fits my underdeveloped palate with a screw top juxtaposed by a 90 point glass of wine. I have to admit I’m impressed. Normally, I avoid the screw top when taking a bottle to one of our potlucks. It seems to scream tacky, even though I know it shouldn’t anymore. Yep, I’ve been missing out. Occasionally, you just have to screw it.

12 thoughts on “Screw It

  1. Hmph, I agree with you. I understand it’s more environmentally aware and cost effective for the vineyards but it just isn’t the same. That sound {{shudder}} of a metal cap cracking off will never replace that delicate pop of a cork. Even the plastic corks are more acceptable…

  2. Absolutely everytime I get one I feel let down, but I know that it’s ok now. Still, when I’m bringing one as a hostess gift, I look for a good rating….and a cork.

  3. Not me, I embrace the screw top and see it as a reason to buy a good wine. Less chance for faults, cheaper, better for the environment, no broken corks, and more storage options (you can keep them standing up!). I gladly give up the β€œromance” of opening a cork stopped bottle for those benefits.

    1. I didn’t even think about the benefit of being able to store them upright! Okay, okay, maybe I’ll give it a little more love. I do really love the environmental factor. πŸ™‚

  4. Good foreplay is often skipped. We are such an “instant gratification” society. I can understand your desire to take your time and slowly prepare for the big…step. πŸ™‚ I have discovered a great Pinot with a screw top and I have to admit I miss the foreplay!

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