I’ve seen many people on social media enjoying wine in a can, mainly Americans over their summer. Obviously I am super suggestable to these types of marketing as MY GOD did I covet a can of wine but I didn’t think you could get them in Oz. Turns out they’ve been here all along, stocked in places like Dan Murphy’s and BWS, but I had just been too busy coveting to actually google stockists. So I added some to my last online Woolies order and gave ‘em a go.
Here are my thoughts.
Aluminium cools faster than glass and a small can with increased surface area means these babies are ready to go super-fast.
My husband has a small can cooler which he likes to chuck a couple of beers into if we are heading out on a picnic or to the hawkers markets. But no matter how hard I try I cannot fit a bottle of wine into a can cooler bag. I’m left with the choice of taking my own cooler bag (annoying) or having hot wine (also annoying). Wine cans are even smaller than beer cans so now my little can babies can nestle in that can cooler like it was made for them (much to the annoyance of my husband who can now carry less beers).
Obvs, can made of aluminium = non breakable.
No need to take a wine glass
Some other articles I’ve read about wine cans say that of course you still need to take a glass – WHAT KIND OF A HEATHEN DRINKS WINE DIRECTLY OUT OF A CAN!?! Well I challenge this, what is the point of having a highly portable, compact can if I am still lugging around my glasses and decanter? The whole point of the can (in my opinion) is less shit to carry.
Easy portioned drinking
Its harder to over-indulge when the beverages are so specifically portioned. I mean, of course you can go back and crack another one, but it’s more of a decision than having a second (or third) unmeasured glass out of an already opened bottle.
Easily disguised that you are drinking wine
Put your can in a stubby holder and who says you’re not drinking a diet coke? Not that I would ever street drink and therefore I have no need to disguise my wine, not actually sure why this one is in here?
Better for the environment?
Glass bottles are heavier and, as they are breakable, cannot be packed as tightly into a truck for transport as plastics and aluminium can. Therefore it takes less energy to transport wine in a can than it does wine in a bottle. But there is lots of debate as to whether the manufacture of cans or glass has more impact on the environment so can’t really call a definitive winner here.
A bit antisocial
One thing I love about a bottle of wine is drinking it with someone else. I enjoy the social factor of sharing a drink and talking about the wine. I am shit at differentiating wine flavours so often ask the other person what they can taste and smell, to see if I can too. This is lost with wine in a can – it feels very much like a one person beverage. I mean obviously you could pour a can into two glasses but you will look like a total tight arse, and again, who wants to carry glasses around?
Easily mistaken for something else
So this one’s for my father-in-law, who after doing some work at our house one hot day, opened our drinks fridge, spied a can and, assuming it was a beer, decided to slam it down fast. Wasn’t he surprised when the wine hit his throat – he was actually mid-scull in the equivalent of two glasses of Chardonnay! Not even a pastel pink label can get between a 70 year old man and his beer on a 38 degree work day in Perth.
Missing some of the wine aromas
People smarter than I am tell me that a lot of a wines taste actually comes from the smell, and you should drink wine out of glasses with wider openings so you can get the old nose in there and really give it a good sniff as you drink. The can makes this difficult, the opening is small and you really don’t get much of a wine smell at all when you are having a sip. Of course, this is where Team Pro-Glass will jump in and say pour it in to a glass before you drink it and problem solved but I really seem to be on Team Can’t-Be Arsed-With-A-Glass…
Lacking the romance factor
The romantic in me loves the feel and weight and sight of a wine bottle. The sound of a wine bottle being opened (or a champagne cork popping) is in my top three best sounds in the world (the other two being the sounds of each of my children sleeping). A part of me was so sad when Australia moved away from corked bottles to screw caps because the sound just isn’t quite as ‘pretty’ any more. Obviously it didn’t stop me drinking wine out of a screw cap bottle EVER, but for the same reason of romance and loveliness, I don’t know if I will ever be able to fully embrace the wine can.