The irony of riding an absolutely loaded 2022 Bentley Flying Spur hybrid to Boonville for the Canned Wine Pageant used to be no longer misplaced on anyone.
Once we arrived on the Mendocino County Fairgrounds, everybody sought after to sniff the leather-based internal, an aroma no longer unusual to the best cabs and merlots cash should purchase. Vehicles like this make you wish to have to splurge.
However splurging isn’t vital. Because the fourth annual Canned Wine Pageant proved, the sensation of luxurious can also be had in a well-made wine in a well-dressed can. No cork, no sediment, no drips, no fuss. Pop the tab and experience. No marvel cans are the quickest rising a part of the wine marketplace.
However which of them are absolute best? Winners had been introduced in 5 classes from amongst 300 canned wines from everywhere the sector, together with Chile, South Africa, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Colorado, Japan, New York and California:
White wine—Maker Wines 2021 chardonnay, Handley Cellars, Anderson Valley, CARosé—Djuce Wines 2021 Rosé, Famille Chaudiére, Provence, FranceRed wine—Joiy 2018 The Gryphon Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New ZealandSparkling wine—The OBC Wine Undertaking Rosé with Bubbles, AmericanSpritzer—Insurrection Wine Co. Rose Spritz, South Australia
That first winner must get your consideration. Handley Cellars out of Anderson Valley is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this yr. Winemaker Milla Handley used to be the primary lady to construct her personal vineyard logo in California. The identify Renault & Handley may well be acquainted, as Milla’s dad Raymond Handley used to be a scion of actual property within the heyday of Silicon Valley.
Since Milla’s passing, the vineyard has been run by way of her daughter Lulu. She embraced the concept that of cans when the ladies of Maker Wines got here to her and advised a partnership. Maker used to be born of a Stanford Trade College venture. They assist small manufacturers put excellent wine in great-looking cans that inform a tale.
The Maker gals—Sarah Hoffman, Kendra Kawala and Zoe Victor—did their homework to make sure they had been the usage of the most productive cans (250ml, covered) and the most productive science, plus they’ve their very own canning line, which they ship without delay to the person wineries.
The successful Handley cellars chardonnay used to be the primary of this varietal that Maker has canned. They searched all over the place for simply the best expression of this queen of white wines and had been rewarded mightily. The Maker Handley pinot noir additionally scored gold on the Boonville festival, the place a wine both will get a gold or not anything. Rejection is a harsh mistress: Nonetheless, 30% of the wines earned gold, a little bit above reasonable.
As with vehicles, wine is in large part an emotional play. Maker makes it simple to pattern more than one chapters of many various tales: each and every can is one-third of a bottle, so that you’re no longer making a large dedication. They provide the whole thing from glowing sauvignon blanc to merlot to zinfandel.
Particularly really helpful are Nicole Walsh’s glowing Riesling and cabernet Pfeffer (she’s made Bonny Doon wines for twenty years), the Verdelho from Wander-Will have to Wines and the Proxy grenache blanc from Michael Michaud’s winery in Chalone. Michaud used to have a tasting room in Saratoga.
Maker’s can membership is an effective way to pattern the wares. A six-pack will simply have compatibility within the Flying Spur’s glove field. Like electrical automobiles, canned wines are inevitable. Would possibly as properly embody each ideas.