At one point in time, believe it or not, canned wine was viewed as an oddity. Today, on the off chance that you missed the update, wine cans aren't just standard, it's unimaginably popular and for valid reasons. Going to a cookout? Canned wine is outstandingly versatile. Needing to cut down on your wine intake? Canned wine is pre-set; you always know exactly how much you've had. We can continue for quite a long time. However, to put a bow on this prologue to canned wine: it is simply the best!
You may be familiar with House Wine which some people argue is the best canned wine out there, even high-quality wine drinkers may categories this as good wine.
How Is Wine Made?
There are five winemaking steps for all types of quality wine: harvesting, pressing, fermenting, clarification, bottling or canning, and enjoying. Most wines follow the same basic process, regardless if they're a classy Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Gris.
The first step is harvesting, and both red grapes, such as Zinfandel, and white wine grape varietals, such as Chenin Blanc, are harvested by mechanical harvesters or by hand. Both methods are astonishingly time-consuming. Back in the day, even before your grandparents walked ten miles uphill to and from school, grape harvesting turned into a big event where people would come together and make a day of it. The Napa Valley and Sonoma are just some places where people would turn out for these events. Technically, this is still an event that you can participate in wine counties, but we prefer to stick to drinking and tasting instead of physical activity; thanks for thinking of us, though!
The second step is pressing, where winemakers use a mechanical press or crusher, which improves wine's quality and longevity! We should note that the wine company uses many different style presses, but their functionality is overall the same.
Unlike harvesting, pressing varies based on the variety of wine being made. In white wine, such as Riesling and Muscat, pressing happens shortly before fermentation. In contrast, red wine grapes get crushed and then are pressed at the end of the fermentation process. This is because, for red blends, such as Malbec and Merlot, the grapes' skin needs to be in the process as long as possible. If you are looking for a canned rosé wine, the grape skins do not need to process as long.
The third step is fermentation, and this is where the real magic happens. This is where the fruity grape juice is turned into a delicious alcoholic drink. The fermentation process's real hero is yeast because it transforms the juice's sugars into ethanol and carbon dioxide in tanks to establish the wine's sugar levels.
In the fourth step, with the origins of an alcoholic beverage, winemakers use clarification, sometimes called fining, to eliminate material in wines produced by the chemical reactions in the fermentation tanks, like dead yeast cells, various tannins, bacteria, pulp, tartrates, and pectins. Yeah, the bottom of the tank can get pretty gross.
There are various methods winemakers use to clarify wine. Sometimes, this even includes the practice of egg whites or a funky ingredient called bentonite. Apparently, not all chemical reactions are created equal.
Is Bottling Important?
Well, putting wine into containers is important because we'd have a difficult time enjoying them without containers! With the beverage clear of all the yucky chemical reactions, it is ready to be put into cans and wine bottles. If you're going with bottles, this is where racking comes in.
Do Canned Wines Taste Different Than Bottled Wine?
Well, that depends, and mostly, canned wine is better than bottled wine. Of course, we say that tongue in cheek because we are a canned wine. However, we also say that with quite a bit of research to back it up. In a WIC Research Study (a group that tracks the market for canned wine), they discovered that when 86 adults were supplied identical wines poured into a cup, one from a bottle and one from a can, 48.5 percent favored the bottled version as opposed to 45.3 percent who favored the canned version (with 5.8 percent showing no preference).
Overall, cans have really progressed from when they first made their debut in the early sixties. Contrary to popular belief, wine is like soda and beer cans and therefore does not transfer the can's yucky aluminum taste.
Cans also happen to be better for wine than glass bottles. Why? Because two to three percent of wines spoil due to being corked. Plus, with canned wine, there is no opportunity for oxidation or light penetration, both of which lead to that disgusting, musty, cardboard taste.
For the most part you are going to be able to find your Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Grigios all in canned form whether you are in New York, California or Italy. The ABV remains the same too whether you are drinking from a bottle or from a can.
Canned wines also have more fizz than bottled wine, and there is a good reason for that! When drinking out of a can, people expect their drinks to be carbonated. And want to know the fizziest of them all? Well, you're looking at her babe, it's Bev!
Our drinks give a mix of sparkling wine with a spritzer bubbly fizz in every can. Canned wines can come in multiple flavors too such as watermelon, grapefruit and sparkling rosé. You can also find canned sangria too!
What Are the Benefits of Canned Wine?
As a top-of-the-line wine that comes in a can, we're going to capitalize on this opportunity to share the perks of having wine in cans. Not only are they perfect for the beach and summer picnics, but they're also an excellent alternative for those of us who don't drink beer. Especially Bev that is low in carbs and zero sugar. Portable, single-serve, and perfect for sipping and going.
From festivals to golf courses to sneaking into movie theaters, cans are easy to carry, portable, and able to go wherever you go.
Seriously, canned wine is made out of aluminum, and aluminum cans are the most recycled beverage package on the planet. Fun Fact of the day: aluminum cans contain up to 70% recycled material.
This is the kind of why you can sneak into movie theaters, people. Of course, it's convenient! Plus, cans are significantly easier to open than bottled wine. Don't you hate when you have a nice bottle of wine and when you go to open it you remember you left your bottle opener at your friend's house? Enter: canned wine, an easy-to-open beverage that doesn't require a tool to open. Plus, they chill significantly faster and don't shatter like glass.
How Many Cans of Wine Equal One Bottle?
This also depends on what kind of wine you're sipping! In our Bev cans, we have 1.68 glasses in every can. That is, a serving size is 5oz, and our cans are 8.4oz! So, if you're not good at math (we aren't either), 4 (250ML) cans are equivalent to 1.3 bottles (1 liter), and one case (24-pack) is equal to 8 bottles of wine!