So you’re on a date, choose a wine, and smile appreciatively as two long-stemmed glasses are set in front of you. The sommelier strides over and begins to open…a milk carton? The quality and variety of wine in boxes, cartons, and cans—cans!—continue to improve, even if our perceptions haven’t. Here are a few alternatively packaged overachievers ideal for summer picnics—even camping. Remember, wines are like people: It’s what’s inside that counts.
Wine may never get past the bro-y, high-fiving imagery that cans conjure, but they’re perfectly sound vessels for quality wine: They won’t absorb light and oxygen like glass bottles with corks do. Aluminum is more recyclable than glass, more portable, cheaper…you get it. You can always pour the wine into a glass before your oenophile friends see.
Great for: Anywhere that a six-pack of Pabst can go, Pinot can too.
Try: Underwood‘s four-packs ($24) are a tasty way to rebel against wine-snob strictures.
Photo courtesy of Bodegas Borsao
This is exactly what it sounds like: a bag inside a box, usually containing 3 or 5 liters (4 or 7 bottles) of wine. It’s shockingly small and lightweight given what’s inside. Better yet, the bladder collapses on itself as wine is tapped off, to prevent oxidation for months of shelf life.
Great for: A boozy security blanket. Why not keep one in the fridge at all times?
Try: It’s hard to beat 3 liters of Viña Borgia’s gulpable Spanish Garnacha ($24). It’s from the Campo de Borja region, near the more famous (and more expensive) Rioja.
Quite popular in Europe, these foil-lined cartons are even more recyclable and cheaper to ship than bag-in-boxes, adding less to the final price tag. According to Michael Schmelzer, maker of Fuoristrada wines, “A whole Tetra Pak costs less than one cork.” In other words, your money is going toward good grapes, not packaging.
Great for: A day at the beach—just add Solo cups.
Try: At around $12 a liter, the Fuoristrada line includes a spicy Tuscan Sangiovese, a juicy Sicilian Grillo, and, soon, a meaty Côtes du Rhône.
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