Summer is stuffed with outdoor concerts and movies in the park, picnics, pool days, lazy days at the beach, boat outings, patio parties, camping trips, fishing expeditions, hiking and every other type of outdoor activity. And you know what you need to maximize these activities? WINE! You need lots of wine! But you know what you don’t need? Heavy, breakable glass bottles, that’s what? Canned wine to the rescue!
My partner Rob from Odd Bacchus and I got super curious about canned wine, so we put it to the test in a double-blind tasting of five canned rosés. Two of them were really delicious and three, uh, were not.
You can watch the video below or – spoiler alert – I’ll tell you right here. The delicious: Underwood Rosé and Alloyed Wine Works Rosé (both widely available at grocery stores and Target). Please do not spend your money on Ruza, Maris, or Pure Provence.
And in case you’re curious, here are five facts about canned wine:
- Canned wine, while still a tiny segment of the overall wine market, is growing fast. And besides finally being actually quite drinkable, canned wines have a smaller carbon footprint (lighter to ship) and the aluminum cans are recyclable.
- A 375 ml can – aka “the big cans” like Underwood and Alloy Wine Works — equal half a regular bottle of wine (a 750 ml bottle). So for about $7, you’re getting a half-bottle of good wine. And weirdly, these cans, which look exactly the size of a 12-ounce can of pop (as we like to call it in the Midwest), hold slightly more than 12 ounces – 12.6 ounces, to be exactly.
- The smaller, skinnier cans – the ones that often are sold in 4-packs – are 250 ml, which are the equivalent of 8.4 ounces, or one-third of a 750 ml bottle of wine. So just know that when you drink a can of wine, you’re throwing back more than a normal 4- or 5-ounce glass of wine poured from a bottle.
- The 4-packs of 250 ml cans equal a full liter of wine, or 33.1 ounces – which is 6.6 5-ounce pours. And with man of these 4-packs priced about about $20, that’s a solid wine value.
- Stock up but don’t overstock. Canned wine has a shelf-life of about a year. (The SO2 used as a natural preservative in wine can have a corrosive effect on the interior lining of an aluminum can.)
But the good news is, you can leave those bulky bottles at home and just toss a few cans in the cooler or backpack and raise a glass to summer. Cheers to that!