Dos Cabezas WineWorks in Sonoita is releasing its 2017 carbonated pink rosé in a rose-covered 700 milliliter aluminum can.
Yep, wine in a can, a perfect mountaintop finish for that romantic hike — sans the broken glass.
Pop the top, pour into a plastic wine flute — or, in a pinch, Todd Bostock’s go-to McDonald’s sundae cup — and voila, wine now enters beer territory.
But caution: This “tallboy” is essentially a bottle of wine, four glasses each with a modest 13 percent alcohol by volume. It’s meant to be shared.
Like at the end of a springtime hike.
Dos Cabezas’ owners and winemakers Todd and Kelly Bostock usually pack a snack and about midway into the journey, pop open the can.
“There are all these places that beer gets to go and it’s super great that with the packaging (canned wine), we can now take it to places where they don’t normally let you have bottles, like the pool or on a hike,” Todd Bostock said.
Dos Cabezas will release its third vintage of canned wine, a slightly frisky, lightly carbonated pink rosé, at a $45 release party noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. It’s at the family’s Sonoita winery, 3248 Highway 82.
The Bostocks have been fans of canned wine since discovering it on a trip to Colorado several years ago.
Three years ago, the couple decided to give it a shot and rolled out their first carbonated pink in a can.
“We started with 165 gallons,” Todd Bostock said; they sold out in a month.
They more than tripled the amount to 550 gallons in year two; it was sold out through presales before it was even officially released.
This year’s vintage is their biggest yet — 660 gallons.
“It’s been tough to keep up with demand, so we did a little more this year,” Todd Bostock said.
Canning wines is not a new thing, although it’s not common, either. Dos Cabezas is one of only a couple Arizona wineries taking the plunge. Verde Valley’s Grand Canyon Wine Co. cans its Traveler red and white wines and its Wayfarer pink wine, all in limited batches.
Dos Cabezas operates vineyards in Willcox and Sonoita. It has more than 50 acres under vine and produces 6,000 cases of wine a year, including five reds and two whites, Todd Bostock said.