Bridge Lane Wine, the local leader in canned wines, has a new addition to its line — Bridge Lane Bubbles.
The sparkling blend, which will officially be released on Saturday, is a spin-off of the Bridge Lane brand. So unlike the other canned wines — white merlot, unoaked chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, dry rosé and red blend — which come in the bottle, box, can and keg format, the bubbles will only be available in a can for now.
“Bridge Lane Bubbles is very simply a reaction to demand from our retail customers, wholesale markets, social media followers and even our own staff members,” general manager Ami Opisso said in a press release. “Our still wines in can have been a huge success, but we can’t seem to escape the question – ‘Do you have a sparkling?’”
The answer seemed simple — just put some bubbles in a can. But there’s a lot more to sparkling alcoholic beverages than just the bubbles.
“We needed to get the blend, level of carbonation, level of sweetness, packaging and filling process just right, and it took some time to get all of that figured out,” said Russell Hearn, winemaker at Bridge Lane. “This is a fun, light, fruit-forward wine, but that doesn’t mean we don’t take its production very seriously.”
The wine is a blend of riesling, sourced from the estate vineyard, and seyval and muscat, sourced from the Finger Lakes region. Hearn, who was looking to experiment with this blend, said “the flavor descriptor that stands out to me is tangerine.”
Just like its counterparts, Bridge Lane Bubbles will come in 375 ml cans, which equals about half a bottle of standard wine or two large glass pours. For now, the new addition will be available at the Bridge Lane Wine tasting room in Mattituck and on its website, but over time, sellers of Bridge Lane across the East Coast will receive some of the 800 cases made.
“We listened to our followers and are so excited to deliver for them,” Opisso said. “I just hope they don’t sell out before summer.”
35 Cox Neck Road, Mattituck, (631) 298-1942, bridgelanewine.com/locations