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Written by Jacqueline Coleman, BT Contributor   
March 2020

Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $15 or less

YPix_Vino_3-20ou may have seen the trend of canned wines making its way to your neighborhood wine shop. Sure, it’s unconventional in the oenophile world, but canned wine can actually be incredibly convenient for wine drinkers everywhere, and especially in South Florida. By serving wine in a can, you’re saving yourself the hassle of remembering glasses for the beach, pool, or boat when all of your beer-drinking friends are simply slinging koozies into their cooler.

Though canned wines may sound like an easy alternative to a bottle, and they pack a punch at approximately two and a half five-ounce glasses per can (for a 375ml can), there are a few things to consider. First of all, the quality of most canned wines is still below that of traditional bottled wines. Only one of the cans I review this month lists a vintage on the front. However, canned wines aren’t marketed to age but to drink now, so vintages and aging potential are unnecessary.

Second, it’s worth mentioning that each of these wines has a metallic component to the flavor. Tasting them right out of the can means that the wine may pick up some of the flavors of the aluminum, which can alter the taste of the wine. If possible, it may actually be better to pour your canned wine into a glass, if flavor purity is important to you.

Last, canned wines should be chilled, even the red wines. The wines are more refreshing and easier to drink if they are chilled and not warm in the can, so make sure you put them in the fridge or on ice before you enjoy one.

For this month’s Vino, I tasted seven cans of wine, from red to white to bubbly, in order to discover more about this growing wine trend.

The 2017 Crafters Union “Daring & Elegant” Red Blend from California was actually quite enjoyable. There was a bit of vanilla spice and red and black fruit flavors with smooth, subtle tannins in this can. Though it’s a red wine, it should be chilled before consuming, as I mentioned. This wine may not impress everyone, but it went down easily.

For an agreeable white wine, look for the Dark Horse Pinot Grigio, which was a nice accompaniment to chicken pasta with simple olive oil dressing. Crisp, clean, and uncomplicated, this Pinot Grigio would pair well with an afternoon on the boat. Be careful, as each can is about a half a bottle of wine, which can be dangerous, considering how easy they are to drink.

The Sunny Side Sauvignon Blanc from South Australia was refreshing served very cold. Citrus and tropical fruit flavors dominated the palate, although they were quite muted compared to a typical bottle of the same varietal. This is another unfussy wine served best in a setting where a refreshment is required.

For rosé drinkers, it’s worth checking out The Original House Wine Rosé out of Healdsburg, California. Cherry, sweet strawberry, and other soft red fruit complete the taste profile for a nice and uplifting option for those who like a rosé style of wine.

b is a sparkling wine made from Oregon grapes that is sure to satiate those who appreciate carbonation in their can. Citrus and apple flavors dance around invigorating bubbles for a tasty, casual refreshment. Not a replacement for your favorite bottle of Champagne, Underwood’s “Bubbles” is a nice option when glass is not allowed.

Much to my surprise, I found a can called Mancan White Wine with Fizz on sale at Total Wine for $1.99 (regularly $4.99), which is a steal. Mancan is a blend of Chardonnay and Viognier with slightly less effervescence than the previous sparkling can. Marketed as “more rock than classical,” Mancan’s vibe may be a little too off-wine for more traditional consumers.

And here’s a smaller can for those who typically drink less. The Presto Lambrusco Sparkling Red comes in a 250ml size but packs its weight in flavor. Lambrusco is already a unique style of wine, and it seems fitting for a can. It’s weightier than the whites and rosés, with all the cherry jam flavors of a red wine, but with just the right amount of bubbles. Don’t expect too much, as it’s not a complicated wine, but Presto can be an inviting accompaniment for any of life’s good times.


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