Wine Basics

When it comes to wine, it’s pretty simple: grapes are crushed and the juice is fermented into wine. It’s all the details that can make wine unapproachable and confusing. Allow me to demystify the complicated details!

Fun Wine Facts

Does Shape Really Matter?

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“In double blind tests that eliminate any chance that the subject would know the shape of the glass, there is absolutely zero detectable difference between glasses.” I recently read this quote in Seth Godin’s book, All Marketers are Liars, and I was shocked. I didn’t know the science behind why we used different glasses for different wines, but I did it because that was the expectation: smaller bowl for white wine, bigger bowl for red wine and flutes for sparkling. Godin proceeds to state that “a $1 glass and a $20 glass deliver precisely the same impact on the wine: none.” 

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The Facts About Canned Wine

sans cans
Sans Wine Company exclusive cans their wines and produces six varietals: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé of Carignan, Zinfandel, Carbonic Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Just the mention of the words “canned wine” evokes polarized emotions from many wine consumers and producers: cheap versus quality, tasteless versus revolutionary, low value versus high end.  Ultimately, the difference between canned and bottled wine is simple – the containment method. From this difference generates many other questions regarding canned wine based on the assumptions of what we know about bottled wine. For example, “Why would a producer can wines?” “Is there a special type of treatment that must occur with the aluminum of the cans to prevent a metallic taste in the wine?” “How well does a wine age in a can?” “Does canned wine need to breathe?” “Do you drink canned wine from the can?” Based on the information gleaned from an interview with Jake Stover, owner of Sans Wine Company, a wine producer who exclusively cans their wines, I aim to answer these questions in this article to better inform wine consumers about canned wines.

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