Everyone knows that real wine is meant to be packaged in a glass bottle with a cork closure. Any other package or closure is the mark of inferiority. Or is it? The Stelvin closure, aka screw cap, was first commissioned by a French company in 1964. And while providing many benefits with regards to wine preservation and guarding against cork taint, the screw cap struggles for respectability even after 50 years. Even Penfold’s, a leader in the screw cap movement, will not be putting its flagship Grange under screw cap any time soon. Unfortunately, more often than not, the screw cap is still associated with cheap, pedestrian swill. So, it’s no wonder that wine in a can fights an even more difficult, uphill battle. After all, most people associate the can as a vessel for cheap beer. And while more craft brewers than ever before are canning beer, there is still some pushback from the average consumer. But the times, they are a changing. And as the warmer weather approaches I invite you to consider this versatile option.

The Pros

Wine in a can offers many benefits. More ecological than glass, light weight, unbreakable and easy to transport, taking your wine along on a camping trip, tailgating, to the beach or to a pool party has never been easier. Since the can is tightly sealed and no light gets in, the wine will last longer.

The Cons

Having tried drinking the wine straight from the can, then pouring it into a plastic cup, I discovered it tastes better in the cup and even better in a glass. Since the can is tightly sealed and no light gets in this can present a problem if the wine is kept too long. It runs the risk of reduction which produces an unpleasant funky smell. While this can be a bit off putting the smell does dissipate after a while and the wine remains safe to drink.

Wine Picks

Underwood Pinot Noir and Rosé

Union Wine Company, Oregon, has been canning Underwood wines for a few years. The wines also come in bottle, which allowed for a taste test. When poured into a wine glass and tasted side by side both the nose and palate are identical.

Lila Wines

The wines are negociant wines sourced from Italy and France. The rosé, Pinot Grigio and bubbly are dry, crisp, refreshing wines with flavors true to their region of origin.

Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Mini 4 pack Blanc de Blancs

If you like your wine on the sweeter side this is the choice for you. The packaging has the added cuteness factor of being slim, pink cans complete with a sippy straw.

Whether the wine glass is half full or half empty, always fill it with quality wine. Happy Sipping, Yolanda Albergottie, Wine Education Coordinator, Chuck’s Fines Wines, Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

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