Could it Be - Pinot in Plastic?
First came the banishment of health claims on wine bottles, then came screw tops and plastic corks. Now
comes word that producers are threatening to replace glass bottles with plastic ones. Is anything left that is
sacred when it comes to wine?
Promoters of plastic bottles (made from recycled PET) point out that they weigh less than glass bottles, they are
easier to transport, they bounce instead of break when dropped on the floor (when is the last time you dropped
a wine bottle - for me it has happened once or twice in my lifetime), and less energy and carbon dioxide emissions
are required to make them (true).
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have been introduced in plastic bottles by French producer Boisset. Aussies Wolf
Blass, Hardy’s and Palandri have jumped aboard with other varietals. The UK’s Sainsbury market chain is pushing
a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Australian Shiraz as well as two Wolf Blass wines all packaged in a
Supposedly the plastic does not compromise the wine inside in any way, but this is not been fully proven. It
would appear that the market for plastic bottles is cheap wines intended for picnics, barbecues and parties at
the beach or around the pool - the types of wines that have a short shelf life and are consumed shortly after
They will have to drag me kicking and screaming or at least gagging if I am forced to drink Pinot Noir from a
plastic bottle. Heck, even beer drinkers insist on glass or aluminum. Coke drinkers have long claimed that the
cola tastes best bottled in glass. Pinot in plastic could be the end of civilization as we know it.