The Best Canned Wines to Enjoy at a Picnic, on the Beach, During a Camping Trip, and and Beyond
There are so many options, and they're so convenient, easy to tote, and portioned just right.
Canned wine is better than ever, and you've probably noticed! These perfectly-portioned sips are incredibly convenient, extremely portable, and never require the use of a a wine opened! Plus, with cans, the one friend who only ever drinks sauvignon blanc can do just that while the rest of the group sips rosé poolside. And cans aren't just better for versatile drinking—they're also more sustainable than wine in glass bottles because cans require less packaging and are lighter, which means they requires less energy for transportation; what's more, they're also less likely to break in transit. When you combine all those facts together, it's easy to see why canned wine has become such a big deal.
Now that you're ready to embrace canned wine and are planning for a picnic, beach day, or a camping trip, what canned wines should you buy? There are a number of tasty, high-quality options on the market, and with more wineries offering canned wine every year, the options continue to get better and better. To help you navigate this increasingly crowded category, we're sharing some of our favorite canned wines. We're hoping you can find them at your local wine store but we've included online sources, too.
There's one important thing to know about canned wine: Not all cans are the same size. Many canned wines are sold in 250-ml cans, which is the same volume as a third of a bottle, but some come in 125-ml cans, which is about one glass, and others in 375-ml cans, which are the equivalent of half a bottle. Some canned wines are sold by the can, others in a four-pack, and some are also available by the case.
Rosé for the Win
A non-scientific survey of canned wine suggests that rosé, along with sparkling, is the top category in canned wine. Maybe that's because summer and rosé are so synonymous. Whatever the reason, there are a lot of tasty rosés in cans. We like the easy-going organically grown rosé from Bonterra ($17.99 for four, bonterra.com) and the light, refreshing Oregon rosé from canned wine pioneers Underwood ($28 for four, unionwinecompany.com). The Californian syrah from Brick & Mortar ($6, brickandmortarwines.com) is also delicious. Born Rosé ($69 for 12, us.bornrose.com) is a blend of Spanish grapes for a dry and refreshing pink wine. A passion pick is She Can Rosé (from $7.99, drizly.com) from McBride Sisters, the largest Black-owned wine company in the U.S.; a portion of the proceeds from this Californian canned wine funds professional development for women to become leaders in male-dominated industries—just like the sisters behind this wine company did.
White for Summer (or Anytime)
Try Lubanzi's chenin blanc ($30 for four, lubanzi.com) for a deliciously crisp and creamy introduction to South African wine. It's also fair trade certified. Another canned white wine we like is Oregon pinot gris (a type of pinot grigio) from Underwood ($28 for four, unionwinecompany.com). For a perfect summer white, we recommend the dry riesling from Sans Wine Co. ($90 for six, sans-wine-co.com), who offer dry farmed, organic wines in cans from single California vineyards.
Don't Overlook Red Wine in Cans
There are some reds that fit the summer sipping profile of canned wine. The pinot noir from Underwood ($28 for four, unionwinecompany.com) is an old favorite. Sans Wine Co. has a fresh, lively carbonic carignan ($72 for six, sanswineco.com) that shouldn't be overlooked. Bridge Lane from New York's Long Island has a red blend just right for the campfire or the couch ($34 for four, liebcellars.com). Last but not least, Sans has the first single vineyard California cabernet sauvignon in cans ($150 for six, sanswineco.com), for anyone looking for a not-so-summery red in a portable package.
A Special Shout Out to Canned Sparkling Wine
Try the easy-to-quaff, frizzante-style sparkling white from Bridge Lane ($34 for four, liebcellars.com) or the Brut Bubbles from House Wine ($3 for six, originalhousewine.com). The bright, fresh sparkling California rosé from Nomikai ($47.88 for 12, drinknomikai.com) should not be missed, nor should the lightly dry organic sparkling rosé from Italy that New York City sommelier Jordan Salcito offers in her Ramona brand ($20 for four, drinkramona.com). And if bubbly red is what you fancy, be sure to order cans of Black Girl Magic Bubbly Red ($102.49. for 12, mcbridesisters.com). This sparkling red blend is intended to be served chilled, and it might just be the ultimate pairing for your grilled pizza or burger.