Wine now available in once-rare sizes and materials
You asked for wine options. Winemakers have heard you and new options – some might call them marketing gimmicks – are being created as fast as they can be imagined.
Moving away from 750ml bottles is a big trend. Wine is now available in once rare formats and materials: 375ml (two pours), 187ml (one pour) containers and there are more sizes. They come in traditional glass bottles, plastic bottles, cans, pouches and even tetra packs commonly associated with milk and juice cartons.
Imagination also goes into what happens in the containers. Wander + Ivy, for example, markets wines created using certified organic grapes from family vineyards around the world. The 187 ml container is made of glass, the closure is plastic. They offer Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from California, Rosé from France, Red Blend from Spain and Pinot Bianco from Italy. They sell in sets of 8, 16 and 24 bottles at around $8.50 per bottle. Wine acceptable and expensive for the pour but works if you are a one drink person.
just enough (lowercase name) is a similar piece. Their wines are presented in 250ml cans sold in packs of six, the equivalent of two standard bottles. Your choices include a red blend, a rosé, a chardonnay, and a sparkling brut. All from California. The cost is around $45 per six-pack.
Bonterra offers 250ml cans of their organic sparkling rosé, sparkling brut, sauvignon blanc and rosé. All from California. Sparkling is sold in individual cans for $5, still wines in packs of four cans for $18.
Ubiquitous supermarket wine 19 Crimes offers four-packs of 187ml plastic bottles of their red blend and hard chardonnay for $10 to $12 a pack.
All these offer an acceptable wine. You won’t get sublime, but you won’t get plonk. Several other brands are available: Private Beach (four 200ml cans), Kim Crawford (two 500ml cans), Domaine Chandon Brut Rosé (187ml bottles) and Sofia (four 187ml cans). For some wine drinkers, less is more.
• Sebastiani Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2020: Bright, lively and refreshing. $14-17
• Klinker Brick Bricks & Roses Rosé, Lodi 2021: Provencal style, but even lighter and airier. $15-19
• Daou Vineyards Bodyguard 2019: Elegant, opulent, sophisticated, intense in color and flavor. $35-40
Last trick: The problem with people who consider themselves “self-made” is that they tend to revere their creator. Wine time.