It took a while, but boxed wine finally made in-roads for its taste, packaging and ease of use. For me, it was a blind taste-test of the same white wine from a bottle and box — with the boxed wine being voted by all in attendance as fresher and fruitier — that secured its seat of recognition.
Canned wine was something different. Thoughts of tin-tasting wines were hard to squelch. Yet now canned wine has come a long way, too. Of the numerous I’ve been tasting over the last couple of years it is this Nomikai red wine that I could see myself enjoying over a beach picnic, pool party or at the movie theater, when the triumvirate of bottle-wine opener-wine glasses seems much too much for the situation.
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Nomikai is — roughly translated — Japanese for friends coming together and enjoying drinks. The cans are 99.99% recyclable, and the plastic used for the tops is made from 98% post-consumer waste. Ryme Cellars in Healdsburg is involved in this venture, and it is one worth watching.