I really like the good outdoor. Climbing to a distant peak and feeling the solar and wind whereas admiring the sweetness, or kayaking down a river, or lounging on the seaside—these are soul-restoring actions in our hectic trendy world.
I additionally love wine. Opening and sharing a surprising bottle with individuals who will savor it as I do can also be soul-restoring to me. I particularly take pleasure in combining these two soul-restoring actions, wine and the outside, however there’s one main downside: the glass bottle.
Glass bottles are heavy. And glass breaks. This makes packing out and in of the wilderness way more troublesome—and there needs to be no glass on the seaside or on the pool. Oh, and did you bear in mind the corkscrew?
Luckily, we now have wine containers which are nice for taking to the seaside, pool or wilderness—and so they’re simply pretty much as good as, and even higher than, glass bottles for storing wine.
Glass bottles began getting used to retailer and transport wine as soon as glassblowing methods superior throughout the time of the Roman Empire, and have become extra widespread throughout the Renaissance and in subsequent centuries. In different phrases, we now have been utilizing glass wine bottles for some 2,000 years—with little or no change.
In the meantime, new “different” packaging choices have been round for lower than 50 years—and used for wine for much lower than that. Listed here are a few of the extra frequent sorts of different packaging now getting used for wine.
Bag-in-box: Additionally known as boxed wine packaging, this includes a plastic bladder or bag full of wine; it’s then positioned inside a cardboard field. The wine is distributed via an hooked up faucet or spout. This packaging is handy and light-weight, and it gives an hermetic seal, which helps protect the wine’s freshness.
Tetra Pak: Tetra Pak cartons are generally related to juice and milk, however they’re now used for wine packaging, too. These cartons include a number of layers of paperboard and plastic, offering safety towards mild and oxygen.
Cans: Aluminum cans are light-weight, transportable and simply recyclable. Cans additionally provide wonderful safety towards mild and oxygen, guaranteeing the wine’s high quality.
PET plastic bottles: Polyethylene terephthalate bottles are light-weight and shatterproof, making them a viable different to glass bottles; they’re additionally recyclable. Nonetheless, PET bottles might not present the identical stage of oxygen safety as glass or different packaging choices, which may impression the wine’s growing older course of.
Pouches: Wine pouches are just like bag-in-box packaging, however in a smaller format. They’re created from versatile supplies and are straightforward to hold. Wine pouches are sometimes used for single-serve parts or for wines consumed rapidly after opening.
It wasn’t that way back that folks thought solely poor-quality wine was put right into a bottle with a screw cap. Screw caps have been the primary main change in wine packaging for 1000’s of years—and so they’re now thought-about mainstream, even for higher-quality wines. The identical shall be true for all of those different packages sometime, as extra high quality wines begin being offered in them.
And belief me: Extra high quality wines shall be offered in them, as a result of these different packages provide benefits over bottles.
Comfort and portability: Bag-in-box, Tetra Pak cartons, aluminum cans and pouches can all be tossed in a cooler, backpack or picnic basket, with no opener required and no glass to interrupt.
Preservation of freshness: Bag-in-box is the clear winner on this space. As wine is distributed from the container, the bag collapses contained in the field, stopping the wine from coming into contact with oxygen—which preserves the wine’s freshness. This technique permits for wine to remain contemporary for weeks and even months. That is excellent for individuals who solely desire a single glass of wine every now and then.
Worth: Once more, bag-in-box wins right here. Right here in Reno, you should buy a top quality three-liter field of wine within the $15-$20 vary—the equal of 4 750-milliliter bottles. A can of wine is often 375 milliliters, the equal of half a bottle, and prices $6—which generally is a worth, since you solely must open “half a bottle” at a time.
Environmental impression: Sure, glass may be recycled, however glass is heavy, and the impression of transport the bottles from the producer, to the vineyard, to the shop, to your private home and to the recycling facility creates a big carbon footprint in transportation alone.
Wine high quality and selection: You could be shocked to study that boxed wine has received many gold medals in prestigious wine competitions. Black Field wines have received greater than 100 gold medals, and Bota Field wines have greater than 145 gold medals.
At the moment, we now have entry to great-tasting, high quality wines, in handy, environmentally accountable packaging that’s straightforward to hold in, and again out, when outdoor—which, provided that we stay in beautiful Northern Nevada, is a superb factor.