What’s Next: The Wine Keg?

September 27, 2007


I just read on YumSugar that an Argentinean wine company, called Iron Wine, has started to sell wine in cans. I love this idea! I’m a big fan of wine-in-a-box—maybe because I’ve bought a bottle of wine gone bad a few too many times. Which brings up another question I have:

If you buy a bottle of wine from a wine store, and it’s completely bad when you open it for the first time, can you return it? Or is it part of the risk you take in choosing to buy wine, that sometimes you’ll have to accept the loss of a bad bottle (sorta like you have to accept you’ll occasionally lose clothes at the dry cleaners)?

It’s a question I’ve grappled with for some time now. I’m always too embarrassed to return anything, but it infuriates me nonetheless. The whole wine in a can idea would be a nice departure—plus, it’s really the perfect size for a single glass of wine. I really like the idea of being able to buy smaller portions since I can never finish a bottle before it goes bad (OK… sorta a lie, there). But, alas… it’s not available in the US, yet.



  1. Hey –

    It’s tough to return wine to a store. If you bring the bottle back the day after you open it with your receipt, it’s the best thing you can do. Check out Neil’s blog where he writes about returning a bottle to Astor:


  2. Yay! Dr. Vino to the rescue! Thank you so much for stopping by and giving us your expertise.

  3. If you get a corked bottle of wine, you should be able to return it to the store with the receipt, especially if you discover the ruined wine soon after the purchase. You may want to bring the corked wine as evidence. If they don’t take it back, it may be time to find another wine shop.

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