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Booze of the Month: Pampelonne

Drinking wine out of a can just got a whole lot classier.

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One really nice thing about being a millennial? When it comes to wine, anything goes—no judgement. We like our wine as much as our forefathers, but we don’t really set much store by traditional wine snobbery. Does wine have to be served from a glass bottle with a real cork and enjoyed at a classy dinner table? We think not. And we have a sophisticated (and by that we mean French) wine company on our side who happens to agree with us. Introducing: Pampelonne.

Wine in a can is not a new concept, but Pampelonne’s concept of offering classic European sparkling wines in a can is fresh. Inspired by a beach in St. Tropez by the same name, Pampelonne has created tasty sparkling wine cocktails using fine French wine to capture the essence of summertime: carefree, playful days that call for something refreshing, light (only 120 calories per can!), and portable.

For those who read “sparkling wine cocktails” and are ready to click on, sit tight. We’re not talking about obnoxiously fruity, sickeningly sweet wine coolers here. Inspired by France and classic French wines, Pampelonne’s mission was to create canned wines that are crisp, dry and not cloyingly sweet. And our three favorites below are just that.

Pampelonne Negroni Spagliato

Negroni Spagliato Pampelonne
Like your favorite Negroni cocktail, only lighter and more refreshing. Photo courtesy of Pampelonne

The Italian Negroni Spagliato cocktail is the result of a happy accident when a bartender mistakenly used soda water instead of gin in the classic Negroni cocktail. The resulting Negroni “Mistake,” now a favorite cocktail, inspired Pampelonne to create a sparkling wine of the same name. Pampelonne’s version incorporates flavors of Italian bitters, blood orange and almond syrup to recreate the iconic and refreshing summer drink. Sparkling-wine-cocktail-sceptics, start with this pleasantly bitter, definitely not sweet Pampelonne flavor and you’ll be converted. Pairs well with late-afternoon shadows. Enjoy as an aperitif.

Pampelonne Watermelon Americano

Watermelon Americano Pampelonne
For their American friends, Pampelonne developed a flavor that’s sweet and carefree. Photo courtesy of Pampelonne

Not surprisingly, given both names in the title, this is the sweetest of Pampelonne’s flavors we tried. That said, it’s still nowhere near a Bartles & James wine cooler, and thanks to the notes of Thai Basil combined with natural flavors of Nova watermelon, this is one heck of a refreshing spritzer. The ideal sneaky, early cocktail to accompany a picnic brunch, enjoy after a scorcher mountain bike ride, or to simply sip on all day long by a body of water.

Pampelonne Black Cherry Bicicletta

Black Cherry Bicicletta Pampelonne
Made with black cherry, red cherry’s sassier cousin. Photo courtesy of Pampelonne

Don’t let the aroma fool you: this cherry sparkling wine is not as sweet as it smells. Black cherries combined with Yuzu citrus make this drink refreshingly tart and thirst-quenching. With ‘bicicletta’ in the name, it’s like Pampelonne wants this to become your go-to summer road-soda. Like the Watermelon Americano, the Bicicletta is a no-holds barred, anything goes summer drink. We challenge you to find a time, place, activity or drinking buddy this drink doesn’t pair well with. 

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