Best canned wines 2022: Most popular canned wine brands and types
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If there’s any uncertainty that packaged wines should have a place at the table, let’s face it – canned wine is just as good as bottled produce. Maybe, dare I say, even better sometimes? These aluminum cans are the perfect size to be smuggled in bags on the beach, cracked open at a patio barbecue, and artfully sipped as you wander through a gallery, just in time for National Wine Day.
The best canned wines keep portability in mind, but retain the same quality as any other red, white, rosé and sparkling wine. You won’t have to pull out the corkscrew, pack a bunch of glasses, or lug around a bulky bottle. Since cans are usually sold in packs of four and are limited to around 10-12 oz, you can ride to an event with the best in California with the same energy as you would ride to a tailgate.
That being said, you won’t pound them the same way you would a Session IPA – most of these miniature cans hold half a bottle of wine each and can be up to twice the ABV of a craft beer. If you’re looking for a drink that’s just as light and easy to sip, but less likely to get out of the party early, hard seltzers are the way to go (and there’s definitely a lot you can go this year).
But there are occasions that just deserve a can of champagne, and we’re not just talking about a Tuesday night. Although you can also buy many of the best canned wine brands online these days, with everyone from Drizly to Saucy and even wine site Vivino delivering cases to your door. No need to run to a liquor store to find that that obscure vintage bottle you ate at dinner is sold out.
Unpretentious, easy to transport and oh so good, we’ve rounded up our canned wines to try this season.
1. Dark Horse Pinot Grigio
Dark Horse Pinot Grigio is everything you want in a white wine – light, refreshing, oh, and did we mention it’s perfectly portable? This 13.4% ABV Californian wine is bright enough to serve slightly chilled in a glass at dinner, but with an easy-to-open top, it’s more likely to become your drink of choice while you’re doing the talking. at your next backyard snap or pool party. At its affordable price, we’re also impressed with the amount of bold, expressive flavor packed into a 375ml can.
Using innovative winemaking techniques, the blend includes Viognier, Riesling and, of course, Pinot Grigio, but ends up blended with an unoaked Chardonnay. This delivers incredibly clean notes of tart apple and juicy citrus, as well as a mouthfeel (yes, we’re getting that oft-overused term out) that’s creamy, yet retains a bubbly finish and plenty of minerality. The fruity flavors would make a great companion for a cheese platter, although it really can be paired with any light summer barbecue dish. But overall, Dark Horse proves that you don’t have to sacrifice accessibility for well-rounded flavor.
2. Undergrowth Rosé
Rosé tends to be either sweet and overly fruity, or sweet with a hint of sweetness – Underwood Rosé is the latter. Sophisticated without being pretentious, this is a great wine to bring to a housewarming party you want to impress with, or toss in your bag for a picnic, or even for fun at a concert. Basically, a wine made for what the company calls, “lounging action”.
Underwood draws on many local products Oregon’s vineyards and wine regions, and is a portable canned 375ml version of their popular bottled wine (although you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference). It’s as easy to love as it is to drink (even for would-be rosé haters), a wine that certainly tastes the summery sweetness of berry and peach flavors, but still ends with a crisp finish. very pleasant. At 13% ABV, this will turn any laid-back summer into a moment to remember.
3. Cool Cat
Cool Cat is no ordinary wine vaporizer – it’s a costs wine vaporizer. Cooler than what you typically see in college dorms of yesteryear, and certainly cooler than anything canned in the 90s. It’s wine’s answer to hard seltzer, a bubbly blend which is light on ABV (a respectable 6.9% ABV), but packs bold flavors, all in an extremely drinkable 12oz package.
Sonoma California pinot grigio combines here with soda water and pure cane sugar to deliver a refreshing fizz, ideal if you’re out in the sun on a hot day and don’t want to bog down with a heavier wine. You might be surprised that, yes, it’s still wine, with unique and quirky flavors like Elderflower Mint Lime (an ode to the classic Mojito) and Grapefruit (tangy and lemony). But it’s this creativity that makes Cool Cat so versatile since it holds up just as well poured over ice as it would for a cocktail shaker. Dress it up or down, but with that wine seltzer in hand, every table you sit at will be the cool kid’s table.
4. Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs
Yes, you heard us right, this Coppola. The Godfather and Revelation now The director has been a winemaker since the 2010s and has released several award-winning wines from his Sonoma cellar, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be impressed with this pleasantly effervescent offering. Made from a blend of pinot blanc, with muscat and dry riesling thrown in for good measure, it’s an elegant flavor that doesn’t pack the punch of some other canned wines, but packs the subtlety.
This light and bubbly blend also has the added benefit of being an ultra-compact can, at just 187ml and 11.5% ABV. But sometimes it’s nice to have an appetizer’s equivalent of a drink – you get a little taste of all the pear and melon notes, and a bit of the sweetness of the honey, then, like a memorable movie, it’s over too soon. Throw one in your picnic basket, take it out to a lake, or open one instead of a bottle of champagne at a party for a delicious and memorable sip (though, keep a few cans handy hand if the afternoon is going to be long).
5. Pinot Noir House Wine
This dry red blend is packed with fruity flavors like berries and dried fruit, with a hint of pepper to add depth. It has around 12.5% alcohol per can and goes well with pasta and cheese plates, perfect for those summer picnics you have planned. The blend itself is sourced from Chilean wine regions and the brand states that each can is equivalent to half a bottle – so be careful before you start drinking them!
It even has a smooth, velvety finish that leaves a rather satisfying taste on your palate, long after the can is gone. And, because it’s medium to full-bodied, it packs plenty of flavor and complexity, almost on par with most regular red bottles you’d buy at the liquor store. If you’re a vegetarian, the brand also recommends pairing this canned red with mushroom-based pizzas for the best taste.