Canned… wine? Wine in a can?
We can’t quite believe it either.
Yes, as recent trends suggest, wine is no longer confined to glass bottles. And it seems to be striking a chord with many wine drinkers. In fact, in America alone, the sales of canned wine grew by 43 percent between June 2017 and June 2018.
This trend is only set to spread amongst the globe – including our good old Blighty – to help bring convenience to wine fanatics everywhere. (Or should we be saying wine canatics?)
But why has canned wine become so popular? Is it merely a passing fad or something much, much bigger?
Let’s find out.
Is canned wine good quality?
It’s sufficing to say that the canned wine you’ll find in your local supermarket probably won’t be the best quality wine on the market. Though highly affordable, it’s not going to rock your world.
‘We [English wine producers] all have the same goal. Ultimately, we are making really good English wine – it just happens to be in a tin for environmental and convenience reasons.’
Although we haven’t tried any ourselves, we’re sure these canned wines taste as good as the internet says they do!
Does the metal make it taste different?
The short answer: no, aluminium cans don’t necessarily change the taste of wine. They can sometimes, however, mute the intensity of the taste. Some wine producers even add extra sugar to help maintain its original qualities.
Just in case, we recommend pouring out your canned wine into a glass where possible to ensure you avoid any metallic aftertastes. (Unless, of course, you’re into that.)
Can it be aged?
We would recommend drinking canned wine as soon as possible. If you’re wanting to stock up for an apocalyptic-type situation, there are plenty of bottled wines that’ll age better..
However, that doesn’t mean canned wines can’t have a vintage. As Gina Schober from Sans Wine states:
‘[…] You can put high-end wines in alternative packaging, and they taste exactly the same as they would coming from a bottle.’
Fad or fantastic?
There are two sides to this argument. Perhaps some might see canned wine as more as an aesthetic than a necessity, but then again you could say the same about pre-sliced bread. And we all know how well that took off.
So, why can the beverage in the first place? What’s the point?
To put the argument to rest, canned wine is convenient for on-the-go, pre-measured servings of wine that can be opened easily and broken not-so-easily. Ultimately, this means that you can take a glass (or two) of wine wherever you’d like, whether it’s up a mountain on a hike or in the comforts of your own home. Better still, you needn’t hunt for a corkscrew to open it and they’re much easier to recycle.
All of this makes canned wine a firm favourite with not only millennials, but anyone who perhaps values convenience over quality.
So, have you been converted? If you happen to have tried any canned wines, please let us know!