Cousin Vinny

An excellent Finger Lakes sparkler in a cute lil can: It’s the impish soon-to-be hit of late summer. But first, a stop at John’s Drive-In. . . .

By now, you have heard about “wine in a can”—trendy, high-quality juice in humble single-serving packaging—but we can almost guarantee you haven’t heard about Vinny. Yet. The newest addition to the world of aluminum clad-wines, Vinny is the delicious, sparkling brainchild of the winemaker and sommelier Thomas Pastuszak, and it has only been on the market for a few short weeks.

Made entirely from New York grapes from the Finger Lakes region, the wine gets its name from a mashup of the French word for wine (vin) and “N.Y.” (for New York).

Pop the top on one of the pretty yellow cans for a refreshing, effervescent blend of dry Riesling and Grüner Veltliner—German and Austrian varietals that express themselves extremely well in the cool climate of the Finger Lakes. Notes of stone fruit and  blossom on the nose follow with a dry mineral palate and bright, energetic bubbles. It’s a very versatile wine, and would taste great with anything from fluke crudo to creme bruleé, but we suggest keeping the pairing casual with an order of crispy french fries from John’s Drive-In in Montauk.

Grab some fries to go and head to Ditch. The acidity and minerality of the wine will help keep you refreshed in the withering August sun, and the can makes it super easy, even if you don’t travel with a cooler. 

Nina Channing

Our associate editor at EAST, Nina has written this year about land preservation, Montauk ghost stories, and Trump helicopters. Born and raised in Bridgehampton, she graduated from Wesleyan University in 2016 and is now an MFA candidate at Stony Brook Southampton. When she’s not working, she can be found driving to the beach in her Volvo station wagon with her dog, Tucker, riding shotgun.