Monday Kit Tip - Wine on The Hill
Fancy a drop of Cabernet Sauvignon to go with your wild camp? Here's how...
Posted: 7 December 2009
Our latest Monday Kit Tip
is either a luxury or a near essential, depending on how you're wired -
it's your passport to sipping
a glass of wine under the stars
while water laps at the
tarn shore just feet from your tent.
Wine is lovely, but bottles are heavy, even when empty, and need to be
carried out afterwards. Fortunately there are some neat solutions out
there. One option is to buy your wine in a box, but - and here's the
clever bit - simply remove the internal bladder from the cardboard
packing, leaving you with a tough but light container with its own
on/off tap. Once you're finished your evening, just roll up the empty
bladder and carry it out. Simple.
Interestingly, some winemakers have even done away with the box
themselves, just using a pouch alone as packaging. Downsides? Most wine
boxes are 3 litres or 1.5 litres, so you'd better be thirsty.
Fussy about your wine? We're not suggesting you carry your vintage vino
up a hill, but if you simply must have a particular vintage, try
decanting the contents of your chosen bottle into a 750ml sports
bottle-type mineral water bottle. Fits nicely, weighs nowt and you can
drink easily direct from the bottle so no additional glasses needed.
Finally, a further lightweight option, supermarkets now sell quite
acceptable wine in small tins. Probably not what you'd choose
for a sophisticated dinner party, but there's a certain rustic charm to
opening up a tinny of wine to go with your lightweight outdoor feast.
And once you're done, simply crush the can and carry it out.
Cheers, salut, santé...
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Though I usually prefer red myself, if you want a white in the warmer months a vaccum flask will keep it chilled better...
(I know folk who've been using wine-box bladders as water bottles for years, they're pretty tough and seem to last well)
Posted: 07/12/2009 at 13:20