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Screw top wines

I can't use my cork screw for a little while so I need wines with screw tops. I like Zinfandel, Syrah and some Chardonnays. I tried Bonny Doon's Big House Red and really liked it. I'd like to keep the price under $20 as it will be for everyday drinking. I usually share the more expensive wines with friends or DH and they can open the bottle. Thanks

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  1. Many (most?) wines from New Zealand and, increasingly, Australia are screw-capped these days. A 2004 Kumeu River was a standout in a recent tasting of New World chards. Have been hearing good things about NZ syrahs too (my two encounters to date were positive but both were above your price limit). And of course many NZ sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs are excellent and good buys to boot.

    1. Quite a few Gruner Veltliners under $20 are screw-capped. There's another thread up right now where Polar Bear mentions a few.

      1. Check out the White Knot Chardonnay: absolutely the coolest and most efficient wine topper that I've encountered. I don't see corks or screw-tops out-performing this.

        1. The Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc is very nice. I got a case wholesale but i imagine you can get it is the stores for around 12-15 a bottle. The quaility of this wine is helping me get over my reservations about screw-top bottles, which was a silly hang up anyway.

            1. My bet for best screw-top is the Marquis-Phillips Sarah's Blend red, out of Australia. It can be had for $12.99 a bottle or less, and stands up against more expensive bottles very handily.

              Let it open up a bit in the glass, and then give it a swig. Fruity, smooth, some very nice cassis and blackberry notes.

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              1. re: rruben1

                If you're like me, you're going to cry when you hear this. Marquis-Philips is no more. I LOVE their Holly's blend, and just nabbed the last bottle at my local wine store. The couple who comprise the Marquis half of the label are making wine under a different name now, and it's more like $20 now. Sigh.

                I just tried two Gruner Veltiners around $10, both worth it:

                Lois, by Loimer 2005. I liked it a LOT. Screw cap, gorgeous green bottle. Very light, zippy mouthfeel. Not much nose at all, just a clean tase and little aftertaste. Not a wine that "says" a lot, but really easy to drink.

                2005 Bio-Weingut h.u.m. Hofer Grüner Veltliner. As recommended by the Los Angeles Times: "Crisp, minerally and delicious, this dry Grüner from Austria comes in a distinctive, fat, green one-liter bottle with a pop-top." The beer cap was interesting, but I didn't like this wine as much (my boyfriend preferred it to the Lois, though). A little more fragrant, sweeter, fuller bodied, but with a slightly sour aftertaste that I really dislike in most white wines. White wine lovers would probably not notice (or enjoy) that same taste.

                photos to make wine finding easier: http://www.chezpei.com/2006/08/august...

              2. All of the Bonny Doon wines are in screw-top bottles. You might try the Cardinal Zin, if you can find it in your location for your price point (try Cost Plus World Market). Although Bonny Doon recently sold the Cardinal Zin and the Big House (Red, White, and Pink) brands, I think the sale was so recent that anything on the market now wouldn't have had a chance to change yet. Their Le Cigare Volant and the Pacific Rim Reisling were nice, too, though I haven't had any of their wines in a couple of years.

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                1. re: Ginger

                  Kim Crawford wines have used screw tops for awhile now. South Coast Winery (Temecula) is using screwtops for some of their wines. We're seeing this more and more. It's difficult to get over the stigma of screw-top wines being of lesser quality.


                2. I have to ask - why can't you use a corkscrew?