RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive!
the French, who drink vin ordinaire daily - which is ordinary wine or table wine (almost exclusively from local wineries), don't get all wrapped up in the notion of needing a cork. In France, you often bring your already used bottle to fill up on the local table wine for a couple of bucks - like $3. Literally getting your wine from the cask. So, it doesn't suprise me when the French use screw tops or even vintaged boxed wine. Believe it or not, the average Frenchmen isn't truly snobby about their wine. They may have their strong opinions, which in no doubt is heavily influenced by the region they grew up, which gives them a certain particularness and local pride in their wine, but, hey, what's new? Look at our own hotdog wars. French table wine is usually pretty good, and inexpensive. Beaujolais is not "cheap" wine, as suggested by another poster. It's merely inexpensive wine - and in particular, it's celebratory wine for the new harvest, since it's the first wine of the season that is opened. It's the only 2008 wine that the AOC will allow to be sold. So, IMO, it's snobbery to look down on beaujolais nouveau. There's something to learn from drinking a young wine. It's cause for celebration. Indeed, in the US, the beaujolais nouveau's are a tad expansive for a basic table wine. But, what you're paying for this week, is the airfare, and the holiday-esque fanfare surrounding the wine. Kind of like paying $6.50 for a Bud at the ballpark. In mid-december, you;ll see the price go down as the cases delivered by ship across the Atlantic Ocean will arrive. So, the George Duebeouf that is 9.99 today, will be 6.99 in mid-december. Also, I highly recommend spending the extra couple bucks for the Domaine Dupeuble. It's a smaller, more craft winery. All the grapes are grown on the winery (unlike Duebeouf - who uses gamay grapes from around the region, from other grape growers). So, it's almost always a better product.