I've frequently noted the international creep of cork replacements, but have completely missed out until yesterday on what has happened in Austria.
I was visiting a fairly new wine and spirits shop in Putnam County, New York, called Wineology, and while wandering among the shelves, noting what turns out to be a well-managed selection, I passed the small space set aside for Austrian wines, primarily recent grüner veltliners. These wines were on the "must-have" list of many sommeliers in the first part of this decade, but they were generally hard to find and few restaurants and retailers bothered. Apparently the albarino boom has eased the demand, because at Wineology, they are stocking seven recent vintages, all but one sealed with a screw-cap. And the other wine, a 2006 Hofer grüner, came in a liter sealed with a crown cap - a new use for all those old church keys.