RKS Wine: Wine in a Can: Malivoire Lady Bug Rosé

Malivoire was kind enough to send me a few cans of Lady Bug Rosé. Yes, I said “cans”. Wine in a can is not something to suffer anxiety from however a few years ago when wine in a can was even more novel than it is now a producer sent me three different types of canned wine and all three were suffering from the “fizzies” through a flawed canning process. The next batch was flawless. So there is a science to canning wine!

There is also a science to lady bugs which are cute but are laden with stinky type of chemicals called methoxypyrazines and when those cute little insects are crushed in with the grapes those nasty stinking chemicals are released into the wine causing “ladybug taint”. Some say it gives a peanut flavour to a tainted wine.

So “Lady Bug” perhaps is a gutsy name to give a wine! The Malivoire Lady Bug 2021 Rosé comes in an attractively designed 250 mL can with a cute ladybug part of the graphics.

As for aromatics cherry, raspberry, watermelon and raspberry Dreamwhip. On the palate the fruit is much more reticent than it is on the nose. This is a firm rosé where both tannins and acids are soft. I would say these characteristics make it a great foodie wine particularly with a roasted red pepper cream sauce over fettucine egg noodles.

As luck would have it 12 cans are on sale for $59.40 and 24 cans for $118 and a 750 mL bottle retails for $17.95. The bottle is relatively ubiquitous on Liquor Control Board of Ontario shelves but the cans may be way more difficult to find so contacting the winery may be the best way to order cans. Cans do have a utilitarian purpose on summer picnics and times where simply a glass will do.

(Malivoire Lady Bug 2021 Rosé, VQA Niagara Peninsula, The Malivoire Wine Company, Beamsville, Ontario, RKS Wine Rating 88/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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