JWL Issue #153: 3 Summer Wines & canned wine versus glass bottles

August 24, 2021

We've been busy working on our first community events of 2021 this week – and expect to have invites going out later this week. As part of our recent surveys into what can improve things for you, this was highlighted as a central part.

Another thing highlighted was how we think about By The Glass. When we launched this five months ago, we launched it as a 'three glass' subscription. It was priced at £15 plus £4 postage. This for a long time didn't quite sit right – and when we asked for your feedback recently, this was echoed further.

New By The Glass format

From this week, By The Glass will be available as a two-glass version OR a four-glass version – with the latter being a doubled up version of the former. Standard version costs £12 plus £3 postage, while the double costs just £7 more. Meaning cost per glass goes down to £4.75.

Twitter Spaces

For the last few weeks, we've been testing our Twitter Spaces – this takes place at 6pm every Thursday and is a chance to catch Fiona, our community manager, and Isabelle, head of wine, talk wine. Two weeks ago, they discussed orange wine, last week it was canned wine. Follow us on Twitter to get notified.

If you want to listen back, you can on our Soundcloud. We discuss canned wine in Learn below.

Josh

Taste

Three summer wines

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet (Majestic, £9.99) is fresh, clean and lemony. The classic picpoul. Chill it right down and serve it with seafood.

English rosé Folc (Folc, £15.99) comes in a really striking bottle. Watermelon, raspberry, elderflower and grapefruit with a little body. It’s a blend of seven different grapes all grown in Kent and East Sussex.

Extra Special Montepulciano D'Abruzzo (ASDA, £6) is light in body, it tastes of concentrated cranberries with dried tea leaves and a little creaminess on the finish. A really easy going mid week dinner wine that has a bit of interest behind it.

Learn

Is wine better out of a can?

In the 1960s when screw cap wines came into use, people were sceptical and assumed it was a fad.

The world is looking at wine in cans the same way now. Here are a few reasons why it’s such a great idea

They’re better for the environment. Glass is heavy and shipping it across the world causes a lot of carbon emissions. It’s also easier to recycle cans and takes less energy to do so.

A single serve can means you don’t have to commit to a whole bottle. There’s less wastage. Imagine being able to just buy one glass size of a very expensive wine. Rather than paying for a whole bottle, you’re paying for exactly how much you want.

It’s faster to chill in the fridge because it’s less volume. And it’s easier to consume in general because you don’t need a bottle opener and although I wouldn’t suggest it, you could drink it from the can.

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