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Kushman By The Bottle: Corks Or Screw Caps?

Larry Crowe / AP

Larry Crowe / AP

Capital Public Radio’s resident wine expert Rick Kushman joins us for this week’s Kushman by the Bottle to talk about screw caps verse cork. Is one better than the other or are they equally as well-suited for the job. You can hear “Bottle Talk with Rick and Paul” on KVON 1140 am in Napa Tuesdays at 11am, at or on iTunes podcasts.

Rick’s Picks:

Good wines in screw caps:

Revolution Wines, Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg

One of the best Chenin Blancs from America’s best Chenin Blanc region. It’s filled with layers of fruit and has a satisfying freshness. $25

Montevina Pinot Grigio, Sierra Foothills

Always a terrific example of Pinot Grigio. Lots of summer fruits and just enough spice. $7-$9

Andis Winery Semillon

It’s rare to find this delicious white grape bottled alone, but this version is a perpetual medal winner. A mix of lush and bright fruit with a slightly rich body. $16-$20

 Meiomi Pinot Noir, Sonoma, Central Coast, Monterey

One of the most popular Pinot Noir blends in America. On the richer side for Pinot with lush dark fruit, a bit of spiciness, and a light, clean finish. $20

 Spellbound Petite Sirah, California

It says California on the label but has lots of Clarksburg grapes and all the richness, darker fruits and punch people love in Petite Sirah. $15-$20.

 Plumpjack Cabernet, Napa Valley

This one is for the big spenders, but it’s an example of the high end wines that come with screw caps. A classic Napa Valley Cab, powerful but gentle, with touches of oak and lots of dark berries and plums. $100 

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