PET plastic bottles: anyone tried them?
I'm curious if anyone on the board has experienced the new PET bottles in UK or other parts of Europe. If I read the articles correctly there is are both pros and cons to the plastic. On the cons side it may lead to more rapidly spoiling wine. On the pros side it may be environmentally more friendly. I searched the board and didn't see a discussion of this. What are the chowhound list-readers experiences or thoughts?
Yes, I've had them.
The bottles are quite good, lightweight and unbreakable and very useful for events where glass isn't allowed or when camping etc.
They have a shelf life of 2 years (tho' prob last for longer) but remember something like 90% of all wines are consumed iwthing 24 hours of purchase.
And so far no wines meant for anything other than immediate drinking have been bottled in PET
I've only seen them in a few places in N. Ireland, but I don't think I would buy a 'bottle' due to the sheer fact it is PET. Call it snobbery or taking things at face value, but it doesn't seem feasible to me that there will be anything good into it due to the cheap image and drastically reduced potential for long term storage.
Maybe it's worth getting some next time I plan to cook up a big batch of something with wine in it, if it's not the best atleast there is no waste!