While the 750-ml wine bottle will always be the standard, there’s something to be said for the festive nature of larger bottles. An option you may not have come across is the curious, delightful and unexpected one-liter bottle.
Few wineries employ this size, but it makes for a great conversation piece, especially when sealed with a crown (bottle) cap that many would associate with beer. And while there’s a time and a place for your best stemware, these informally packaged wines are delightful even when enjoyed out of a tumbler. Share that extra wine when friends stop by, providing a mandate for summer fun.
Here are four wines that will help you spread the one-liter love.
Ampeleia 2014 Unlitro (Costa Toscana); $20.
In this Grenache-based blend that includes Carignan and Alicante Bouschet, famed Italian winemaker Elisabetta Foradori has created a bottle that can handle all the flavors of the grill.
Tendu 2014 Red Wine (California); $21.
Steve Matthiasson crafts this wine, light in color and body. A blend of Aglianico, Montepulciano and Barbera, Tendu is a perfect summer red best enjoyed with a chill.
Loca Linda 2014 Torrontes (La Rioja); $16.
On the floral side, this highly aromatic wine from Argentina is full of summery peach flavors. Suggested pairings via the back label? “Lovers, family and friends.”
Weingut H.u.M. Hofer 2014 Grüner Veltliner (Weinland); $15.
A certified organic, lively white. It’s as refreshing as a sip from an Austrian mountain stream and crisp like a sunny fall day in an Alpine meadow.