Hypothetical conversation between someone who knows about canned wine and someone who doesn’t:
Person A: So, canned wine. Let’s talk about it.
Person B: But there’s nothing to talk about. It doesn’t exist.
Person A: Oh, my friend, but it does. So put your pinky down, and get yourself some canned wine.
There’s a “pinky down” movement sweeping the wine world, and it has officially hit Westchester. If you haven’t heard about it, you’re not alone—most in our office hadn’t. So to introduce you, it takes the form of an aluminum can, and it strips wine of all the ado that is the customary uncork-pour-sniff routine.
Yep, wine in a can, get used to it—unpretentious, easy to open, and, in the case of Wine at Five in Rye’s “Fiction” variety, made by Field Recordings Wine in Paso Robles, California, it’s on par with bottled wine in quality. In fact, Fiction is also sold in bottle form.
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Andrew Jones, the winemaker behind Fiction, is a wine nursery fieldman in California, meaning he plans and plants vineyards for farmers. Those farmers donate to him portions of their grape yield, and he blends them into “small quantities of soulful wine,” according to his website.
Jones is very clearly using his can to mock the pretense that surrounds wine and wine culture. A blurb on the back says the wine inside contains “heady aromas” of “luxurious suede couches” and “unlit menthol cigarettes.”
Funny. But the wine inside is serious. Says Wine at Five’s Bruno Peixoto, “It’s high-quality wine in there.” We tried it and wholeheartedly agree. That said, it’s not cheap. One can goes for $15, but you’re really paying for half a bottle of wine in each can. A set of four cans nabs you a ten percent discount. Try it for yourself, and let us know what you think.
Wine at Five
4 Purchase St
(914) 921-5950; wineatfive.com