Remember when wine only came in bottles?
Most of it still does, so of course you do. But not all. The first non-bottled wine (that wasn’t a box of wine) I can recall came in the form of a darling pink and silver mini-can. And the can came with its own little bendy-straw. Be still my 21-year old sorority girl heart! I had to have it. Now, the wine within was a sparkling wine which upped the girly factor and made it extra fabulous. You probably know the wine I’m talking about…
Sofia Blanc de Blancs from Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Since debuting, these mini cans of fizz have made fabulous wedding favors and girl’s night staples. While fun and celebratory, I must admit this is not my favorite way to enjoy a champagne or sparkling wine. Anyone else feel like the straw seemingly creates extra bubbles making the swallow feel like a gulp full of pop rocks? No, no, pass the bottle, please, and I’ll just fill up my flute.
More recently I came across another unusual vehicle for wine: a cup. A cup full of wine, sealed and labeled and ready to be purchased and sipped…straight from the glass. Copa di Vino markets itself as “premium wines by the glass”. The “glasses” are made of plastic but are glass-like and the lids are pull-off and re-sealable. The answer to prayer for many wine-drinking picnickers, beachgoers and campers, no?
Cup of wine, anyone?
Ways of the future? Eh, I’m going to take a wild guess and say no. Fabulous marketing – absolutely. Attention getting – gold star. But will classic bottles of wine actually ever be replaced or even overshadowed? Doubtful. Even with wine experts now writing articles about how boxed wines will stay fresher 5 times longer than a bottle of wine, most wine drinkers still value that certain romance that a bottle of vino evokes. The smooth glass of the bottle, the label art, the chill of the wine, the squeak of the corkscrew and satisfying pop of the cork. And that glorious glug glug glug sound of a thousand fermented grapes reaching its final destination of your favorite wine glass…ahhhh.
At Ponte, we love our bottles, and our guests do, too. We predict they’re not going anywhere, but we also have a record of listening to our Members and what they want. So I suppose anything could happen. For the time being, though, we hope you’ll take some time to visit our tasting room and hotel. Taste what’s in our wine bottles, relish in the service, and don’t forget to have lunch at The Restaurant.
–How do you feel about these unusual wine vehicles? Yea or nay?