Adding to our seasonal wine guide, this time we talk summer wine. Those who are already opposed to wine in boxes will likely not agree with this summer’s wine in a can option. If you’re skeptical of canned wines, that’s OK. The next time you go to the beach or on a picnic with family and friends, just try it. You can throw it in a backpack or cooler and be on your way. Anywhere you can take soda, you can take canned wine – with the added benefit of alcohol.
History Of Canned Wines
So who first put grapes in a can? The history can be traced to Francis Ford Coppola Winery, beginning with their Sofia Blanc de Blancs minis in 2004 (in adorable pink cans). Let’s not forget the added perk that 50 percent of the aluminum produced is recycled. Making new cans from old ones requires 95 percent less energy than creating them from scratch. So, raise a glass and enjoy your wine in the way that’s most convenient for you.
Which Wines Do Well In A Can?
In order of types of wine and how they fare in aluminum, sparkling wines do the best. This is partly because you expect something in a can to have a little fizz. White wines come in second, due to the convenience of keeping the wine cold and the crisp nature of many whites that can sometimes offset or negate the “tinny” taste of the can itself. Reds don’t do well as a group. This is especially true if you like to drink your red wine at room temperature, as recommended by the experts.
In the sparkling wine category, Mancan with fizz has an extremely noticeable metallic taste that you might want to avoid, unless you are already in the habit of licking the can (not recommended). However, Sofia Blanc de Blancs has a light taste that’s easy to drink and enjoyable. The fizz is a bit in your face, but the packaging is adorable. It comes with a straw like your lunch milk in elementary, but you know, with alcohol.
If you like red wine at room temperature, putting it in a can to keep it cold may not seem like an upgrade. However, being outside in the summer heats up a bottle of wine quickly. Consider more portable cans in a padded carrier or backpack. House Wine Red Wine Blend offers a canned version that received lukewarm ratings on the overall taste. However, Underwood Pinot Noir maintained its light, flavorful tone even in a can. Tasters chose it as the best summer red in a tough category.
West Side Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon tasted much better than it smelled (a side effect of the aluminum). Its slight fizz lends itself to the packaging, though it’s not considered a sparkling wine, for an overall fun and authentic experience.
The white wine category fares better, since having a convenient version of a favorite chilled beverage is an immediate win. That said, do keep these cans on ice. Nobody likes lukewarm white wine, which tastes like last night’s beer. Underwood Pinot Gris received the most favorable ratings and was dubbed easy to drink, especially if you are on a mission for a fuzzy wine buzz.
Mancan White Wine has mixed reactions but maintains its fresh, crisp taste even in a can. House Wine Chardonnay tastes like cheap boxed wine according to tasters. Again, here West Side Wine Co. Chardonnay capitalizes on its fizzy nature, which immediately makes it more acceptable and drinkable in this category.
Best Way to Carry Canned Wine
This is the awesome factor and the whole point of canned wines, you don’t have to worry about it getting too much sun and spoiling or breaking in your backpack if you don’t handle it gently enough. Canned wine goes where you do and is perfectly happy in your tote, cooler or book bag. Give it a try at your next summer hangout.