(if Olivia Newton-John isn't coming to mind, we haven't done our job)
The days of pouring wine into a sippy cup to transport it to the pool, beach, park or an outdoor concert are officially behind us! Cans, Tetra-Paks and boxes have burst into the mainstream, offering great alternatives to glass bottles which can be heavy, cumbersome and sometimes prohibited, depending on the venue.
Let's talk about canned wine - once considered a novelty, sales in this category have jumped 78% over last year (see data here). A bottle of wine weighs 2.65 pounds...Two cans, the equivalent of a bottle of wine, weighs 1.6 pounds, making cans a great options for camping, backpacking or concerts! Added bonus - aluminum is easily recycled and takes up very little space, so it's a great thing for the environment as well. Many well known wine players, such as Foley Family Wines, Family Coppola and E&J Gallo are now adding canned wine to their portfolio. There's got to be something to this, right?
Shall we box? Yes! If you are looking to quench the thirst of a group, boxed wine is an easy and cost effective way to do so. The typical box of wine is 3000 ml, equivalent to four bottles of wine. Many boxed wines are scoring very well in blind tastings these days and you cannot beat the shelf life of wine in this format. The spout prevents oxidation and it is conveniently shaped to slide right into your refrigerator, making it very convenient to have a glass for one and cook with as well!
If you would like to hear more about portable wines and some of the specific wines we tasted and reviewed, please listen to our Twisted Cork podcast episode devoted to portable wine.