It’s Sunday night, the family has kicked a celebratory bottle of sparkling wine, and there’s one person who wants another glass but as a group we’re not quite up to committing to the whole bottle. That’s when my dad pulls a can of VINNY out of the fridge.
Yup, VINNY. It’s like the hot new street drug every one is whispering about but no one seems to be able to actually procure. Here and there, an Instagram post shows someone drinking one, but it was a gift from a friend or they found it as a festival that is now over… But here it was, finally, we were all going to get a sip of VINNY.
What is VINNY?
VINNY is a combination of VIN for wine and NY for New York, and was created by Thomas Pastuszak, NoMad hotel wine director and creator of Empire Estates and Terrassen wines, and Kelby James Russell, the dynamic winemaker of Red Newt Winery who also has his own self-named wine line and has produced wines for Boundary Breaks. Talk about an all-star team!
The wine is a blend of dry Riesling and Grüner Veltliner from Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake, and then it is forced carbonated before being canned in cool slim bright yellow cans (because nothing is more hipster chic than a yellow can… just ask Genesee Brewing about their hot new Kolsch).
See: Pale green-yellow color, medium bubbles
Smell: Big hit of lemon, almost a little candied like gummy bears, hints of pear and green apple, little bit of mineral, and an earthiness that was more apparent when first poured.
Sip: It has a lot of refreshing lemon and a zingy acidity to match, bone dry though the fruity notes give the impression of sweetness, and it has a lingering earthiness and minerality.
Overall: It’s like the Corona with lime of sparkling wines, and I don’t mean that in a negative sense like it tastes cheap or simple, I mean that it’s super refreshing and great for a hot day on the dock. It isn’t super complex- it’s approachable and fun. It’s also great to see a sparkling canned wine that is bone dry.
Winery: VINNY Wines
Region/Sub-Region: Finger Lakes/Seneca and Cayuga Lake
Wine: NY Sparkling Wine
Vintage: NV (No Vintage)
Varietal: Riesling and Grüner Veltliner (don’t know exact percentages)
Where is VINNY?
You don’t have to find a back alley wine dealer to get your hands on this, just order online through a company like Verve or head down to Ryan’s Wine in Canandaigua (I’m told it’s on a bottom shelf near the registers).