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TIPPLING POINTS Some wine tools might be gimmicky, but this one’s all science. The brainchild
of Greg Lambrecht, a medical device inventor specializing in needles, the Coravin is a preserva-
tion tool that lets drinkers siphon a taste from a bottle without pulling the cork. The device inserts
a needle into the cork of the unopened wine and injects argon gas as a protective layer against
oxidation while you pour. Lambrecht came up with the idea for the Coravin while his wife was
pregnant; he wanted to continue enjoying wines without committing to an entire bottle or letting
it spoil. The product, more than 13 years in the making from concept to completion, is the first of
its kind; renowned wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. calls it “the most transformational and excit-
ing new product for wine lovers that has been developed in the last 30-plus years.” coravin.com
PORCH POUNDER Probably not
the most sophisticated of names,
but then again, that’s not the
point. The brand was founded
by friends Paul Quinn and James
Schreiner, and the chard and pinot
noir juice comes from the flourishing Paso Robles region. $24 per
SOFIA’S BLANC DE BLANC MINI
Francis Ford Coppola pioneered
the canned wine movement in
2004. He named this one after
his daughter and was inspired
by vending machines he saw in
Japan. The line has expanded to
include riesling, rosé, chardonnay
and more recently, brut rosé. $20
per four-pack, straw included.
WEST SIDE WINE CO. From
Seattle-based Precept Wine Co.
but with California grapes. The
company offers chardonnay and
cabernet — a bit unusual, as
you’ll tend to find more whites
and sparkling wine in cans. The
increasingly popular wines are
sold at Whole Foods and many
U. S. airports. $16 per four-pack.
UNDERWOOD Produced by
Oregon-based Union Wine Co.,
an early can-adopter that uses
the slogan “Pinkies Down.” The
rosé and pinot noir, especially, are
more complex than you’d expect.
You’d never guess this comes
from a can. $28 per four-pack.
A six-pack of vino? Oh yes you can.
If you haven’t gotten around to exploring the canned wine craze, get ready — it’s here, it’s good and, with $14.5
million in sales last year, this trend is probably not going away any time soon. Just remember to exercise portion
control: each can is often equivalent to a half-bottle of wine. Here are some flavorful non-snob options.