Not pleading a case at all, nor prosecuting.
Just doing a little public service.
Appears though, that people with open minds---and the interest of the wine consuming public in mind---are putting wine under screwcaps. Wines ranging from the modest to the grand, from the inexpensive to the expensive.
Hey, I just saw an interesting comment in an article by Terry Dunleavy MBE, wherein he quotes Chuck Hayward, a savvy wine retailer in San Francisco. (The full article can be viewed on Sue Courtney's Wine of the Week website, btw.)
Chuck Hayward of the Jug Shop in San Francisco which specialises in wines from Australia and New Zealand, said: “The American market today is largely in an acceptance phase regarding screwcaps in the wine industry. Much of today’s acceptance of this closure has come from the sheer numbers of screwcapped wines that consumers and the trade now encounter on a daily basis. The novelty of the screwcap is gone, as is the need for gimmicky marketing ideas to introduce the concept to the wine drinking public. Such wines are now on wine lists, often specifically designated as screwcap wines. Sommeliers have adapted or created new serving techniques to accommodate the new closure. There have been side benefits to screwcaps which consumers have identified and seen as positive factors: senior citizens with arthritis who appreciate the ease of opening the bottle, bartenders who can twist and pour wines quickly, picknickers who forget their corkscrew.”
I like the part about consumers seeing sheer numbers of screwcaps increase on a daily basis. One assumes those are people whose eyes and minds are both open.
In a separate quote, Chuck also said that when they first brought in Jeffrey Grosset's Polish Hill Riesling (one of the best Rieslings in the world), they offered the wine in both screwcap and cork closure, for the same price. And 75% preferred the screwcap version. At $25--30 a bottle.
More later. Stay tuned in.