I predict that before long it will seem perfectly natural to sit around with friends, drinking wine from a can, just as generations have done with beer.
No, you can't swirl wine in a can. You can't observe its color. It won't age in the can. And it doesn't have a lot of room to breathe.
But that's the point.
It's not finicky. It doesn't require stemwear or a corkscrew. Wine in a can is inconspicuous, it's easy to transport, it's friendly to the environment--it's perfect for picnics, backyard BBQs, festivals and outdoor concerts.
Actually, in many ways, it's brilliant.
Canned wines work best, in my opinion, when chilled.
Tiamo, a respected Italian winemaker has rolled out two wines in cans, both made from organic grapes--perfect for chilling and chilling out on a summer day or night.
They sent me some cans to review.
This was my first encounter with wine from a can. I approached it gingerly expecting the worst.
I tried my first can, the Tiamo Rosé 2016, at a local concert. I found it to be very drinkable.
I was familiar with Tiamo's bottled wines that come from small growers and cooperatives in Italy and have a good reputation throughout the industry--so I wasn't totally surprised at the outcome.
Tiamo's canned Rosé is made from the Montepulciano grape grown in the Abruzzo region of Italy east of Rome along the Adriatic coastline and the Apennine Mountains.
It's refreshing with fruity and floral accents--not overly sweet with a dry and crisp palate.
It's just right for sailing, picnics, BBQ gatherings, concerts...or whatever you enjoy doing outdoors. The wine works well as an apertif or pair it with grilled meats, fish, veggies, or a mild blue cheese and your favorite summer music.
But remember, just because wine is in a can, it doesn't mean that it can't pack a punch. The Rosé is 12% alcohol with the can holding 375-ml. (12 oz.) equivalent to two pretty good sized 6 oz pours.
So sip the wine--unless you are out to get hammered.
The other canned wine I received, the Tiamo White 2016, is made from 100% Grillo grapes (Terre Siciliane IGT., Italy) from organically farmed vineyards on the southern Italian island of Sicily.
I tasted this wine with friends at a backyard BBQ. I chilled the wine before I arrived and brought along some small glasses so I could get input from others. Some had tried canned wine before, most had not.
The reactions from the tasters was mostly positive with many saying they would buy canned wines in the future--especially for outdoor events.
The Taimo White has a bright crispness with fresh fruit favors of apricots and peaches.
It could work as an apertif, or paired with seafood, pasta or cheese.
It's perfect for toasting to sunsets, sitting on docks, ball games, and other outdoor get- togethers.
Tiamo White and Rosé are available in 375-ml. cans in four packs with an SRP of $19.99 or individually per can with an SRP of $4.99.
The consumption and production of canned wine is growing. Although canned wine is still a minuscule part of the wine market at just 0.1% percent, according to Nielsen, the sale of canned table-wine has increased tenfold, from $668,003 in the year ending in June 2015, to $6.7 million in the year ending in June 2016.
Canned wine is widely available from Whole Foods to Trader Joe's to Binny's.
You can spend a little...
Or a lot...
Will I buy canned wine in the future?
Yes, for casual occasions.
With the 4th of July just around the corner you may want to pick up a 4-pack or two and see what you think.
Let us know your reaction.
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