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Can You Dig It!? Why We Love Wine in a Can

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It took years — decades even — but we're finally at point in the booze world where most people have stopped turning their noses up at screw-caps. With the help of popular wines from New Zealand and Austria and eventually familiar producers from California, the debate over cork and screw-cap ended in a healthy tie. Now the next uphill battle begins … Wine in a can.

First, let's point out the significance of how the craft beer scene has brought about a canning renaissance. It used to be vogue to shy away from cans and instead order among the sleeker and presumably fancier bottles coming from overseas, but the true beer fans of today know to follow the example set by Oskar Blues Brewery and their famous Dale's Pale Ale: Cans only. No bottles.

Yes, cans are cheaper — but that's a good thing for both the brewer and the consumer — same product, less money spent. This financial benefit is realized further when you consider that cans are lighter and stack easier, thus shipping becomes more economically and environmentally efficient. As for the can's contents, they now chill quicker and are protected from harmful sunlight better than any tinted glass. And if you know anyone who still thinks cans make the beer taste different, remind them that cans are just tiny little kegs that are lined with a polymer coating so the liquid never comes into contact with any metal.

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Cans also have more freedoms than bottles. Aluminum goes where glass can't: the pool, the park, the beach, concerts, etc —another reason craft brewers have a lot more 12-packs and 15-packs of cans these days!

Now take all these great benefits of canning beer — and apply it wine. Nothing changes. As long as you're not looking to cellar a barrique-aged, back-vintage of Brunello di Montalcino, the old cork & bottle method has nothing to offer that a good ol' crushable can can't.

Hip producers out in Oregon have begun canning (and even kegging) some of their wines, as have some traditional, organic wine growers in France. France, I say!

This summer, don't hesitate to grab a 6-pack of Pinot Noir or fill your cooler with a few Rosé cans!

For more great summer beverage ideas and updates on tastings and events, visit www.nosvino.com.

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