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Wine in a can may seem a bit odd at first glance, but a few producers have gravitated toward this method of bottling, (err canning?). These cans from Sofia, of Francis Ford Coppola Winery, even come with a straw attached. Presumably so you can avoid staining your teeth and quickly aerate the wine.
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We've seen aluminum bottles used for beer for a few years now, but it seems wines have made their way to these bottles as well. No word on whether future bottles will have color-changing grapes to notify you when the bottle hits the perfect serving temperature.
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Probably the most well-known, non-glass alternative, Bag-In-box (BIB) wines have soared in popularity. Today, you can find a wider selection of BIB wines than ever before, and word on the street is they can actually be quite good.
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Mini Barrel (Plastic)
One of the more unique non-glass bottlings is this plastic mini-barrel from Red Truck. Again, the mini-barrel seems to take a page from the beer industry (see Heineken Draught Keg), and will be taking up some prime real estate on your counter or in your fridge.
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Another rising star of the non-glass alternatives is the AstraPouch. If you're scratching your head and thinking, "man, that looks familiar," it's because you've probably seen or had a Capri Sun in your lifetime. Though for the AstraPouch, the liquid (wine or spirit) flows out the bottom from an easy-to-use valve, rather than through that small hole of your Pacific Cooler which was always seemingly impossible to stab open.
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Well, what can we say here. Ceramic bottles were very much in use before today's more standard glass bottling rose to prominence with glass blowing. Remember all of those images of Ancient Greeks drinking out of clay pots? Mer Soleil's Silver bottling kills two birds with one stone, both using a glass alternative and bringing ceramic back.