Canned wines have never appealed to me. However, they’re really having a moment. Some wine bloggers have even dedicated entire Instagram accounts to drinking and reviewing canned wines. Perhaps it’s their convenience factor or their unpretentious charm that make canned wines so appealing. I recently picked up a few cans of several different varietals to decide for myself.
Underwood Riesling Radler (3%)
Made in Oregon, I admittedly picked up this tropical can for its cute label, which features toucans and palms. Upon reading the description, I realized it’s not entirely wine. This combination of Oregon riesling, hops, and grapefruit is really confusing, TBH. The nose gives you the impression you’re about to drink an IPA, while the flavor gives off a black tea with lemon vibe. I can’t put my finger on which specific grocery store iced tea it reminds me of, but it definitely tastes like something I’ve had before. While the can itself is totally Instagram-worthy, I 100% won’t be repurchasing again.
House Wine Rose Bubbles (12%)
I’ve seen this wine in the Instagram universe, so naturally I was curious to see if it would live up to the hype. Guess what? It does. If you like a brut rosé, you’ll enjoy this less-fancy-more-chill sparkling rosé. I was surprised at how much I actually liked sipping on this poolside and would definitely re-purchase. If you’re having a housewarming or pool party, pick up some of these cuties for your guests!
Crafter’s Union Pinot Grigio (12%)
Considering Pinot Grigio is one of my least favorite white wines, this canned version isn’t bad. In fact, if you enjoy Pinot Grigio, you’d probably like this less expensive one. It’s core is citrus and stone fruit with a clean, crisp finish and no effervescence. I might buy this again to bring to the beach or have on hand for an impromptu kickback, though it isn’t my favorite of the bunch.
Underwood Pinot Noir (13%)
Being that I’m a big Pinot fan, I was very intrigued by this canned iteration of the easy-drinking red. I actually chilled it (the can sort of asks for it) and it was easily a step up from box red wine, but nowhere close to the bottled kind. I think it’d be a welcome addition to a camping trip, where you’re BBQ-ing around the campfire and not wanting to uncork an expensive bottle of Pinot. It has all the flavors you’d expect from a basic Pinot – black cherry, plum, cola, chocolate, and a hint of baking spice.
The Lo-Down Short List
The Winner: House Wine Brut Rosé
The Loser: Underwood Riesling Radler
Turns out, canned wines aren’t half bad! But, a word to the wise: these babies aren’t for throwing back. Most canned beers are around 5% alcohol, while the high percentages in canned wine can sneak up on you. Plus, residual sugar is often added into these canned versions to compensate for aromatics; the can’s small opening isn’t as conducive to deciphering the nose on these particular wines. Ultimately, I’ve determined canned wines are particularly ideal for certain outings, like a day at the beach or camping, where space and weight are an issue. However, I probably wouldn’t choose to drink these after work or crack a few open for a nice dinner party.