Award-winning winemakers at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville have taken corkscrews and glasses out of the summer sipping equation with the introduction of their new line of fruit-forward canned wines — theirs is more of an aluminum bottle.
And as one would expect from one of Washington’s top winemakers with more than 50 years in the industry, these aluminum bottles not only look pretty and have a sleek design that is easy to hold, but the wine is crisp and refreshing. Each twist-top holds a glass and a half and comes in Pinot Grigio (citrusy), Rosé (think strawberries and a hint of currant), Something Sweet (peachy), and Bubbly (a hint of apples and spices).
This is the first time Chateau Ste. Michelle has offered any wines in aluminum bottles.
“These smaller-serving aluminum bottles (250mL) with resealable closures are ideal for the convenience of enjoying wine on the go, whether you are camping, hiking, picnicking, pool-side, or for backyard barbecues,” said David Rosenthal, white-winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle. “These are fresh, flavorful wines that deliver the same quality winemaking our customers expect from Chateau Ste. Michelle.”
Rosenthal suggests pairing the wines with fruit and cheese trays, or salty snacks like popcorn. “A few of my personal favorite parings are the Rosé with barbecue; the Something Sweet with an Asian noodle salad or buffalo wings; the Pinot Grigio with salmon; and the Bubbly with street tacos, chips, and salsa,” he added.
The packaging is almost too pretty to recycle and will look stunning in a bucket on ice. “Our graphic design team had a lot of fun creating the colorful, modern packaging design with the whimsical sketch of the winery’s iconic Chateau in the shadow of Mount Rainier. We hope people enjoy the taste and convenience of these wines, whether staying close to home or venturing out this summer!” ste-michelle.com
Other PNW Canned Wine Favorites
Cascadian Outfitters has a “can-do” attitude about being the first Washington wine packaged in cans. A division of Goose Ridge Winery (with a location in Woodinville), Cascadian Outfitters first released a red blend, chardonnay, and a rosé. They just released two sparkling wines, a white blend and rosé, to add some effervescence to summer. Available online or for curbside pickup. cascadianoutfitterswine.com
Now in Sangria, Tropical Spritz, Paloma, and more, House Wine has a lot of fruity selections, along with the standard favorites, like rosé, red, pinot noir, and other standbys. House Wine was established in 2004 in Walla Walla and is sold in most wine aisles. originalhousewine.com
Underwood wines come in a variety of flavors and are made by Union Wine Company in Portland. Mix and match a variety of flavors, or stick with a favorite. unionwinecompany.com