The 10 Best Canned Wines for All Your Summer Picnics
Canned wine is picnic-basket perfect. Unlike the usual glass bottles, cans are portable and non-breakable. And there's no need for a corkscrew or stemware, making it easy to enjoy a favorite drink at a picnic poolside, at the beach, or in your favorite park.
"Cans just make good sense," says Clark Trim, owner and president of Colonial Wines & Spirits in Little Rock, Arkansas. They're also lighter and easy to recycle.
Plus, depending on the brand, a single can is the equivalent of one or two glasses, "so you don't have to worry about what to do with the partially full, leftover bottle of wine," he said.
Canned wines are more popular than ever, so we asked wine experts and enthusiasts to share their 10 favorite canned wine brands that pair well with all your summer activities.
Underwood Pinot Gris
Trim describes the canned Underwood Pinot Gris as "light and crisp with flavors of white peach, apple, and lime." It's perfect for outdoor meals where fish and seafood dishes, grilled chicken, or salads are served.
Farm Fizz Rosé
Trim cites the Farm Fizz Rosé from Old Westminster Winery in Maryland as a top canned sparkling wine for its light, refreshing texture. He says it's best paired with summer salads and even fried chicken.
Una Lou Rose
Will Whelan, certified sommelier and vice president of wine at Winestyr, lists Una Lou Rose from Scribe Winery in California as his favorite canned wine for its "summer vibe." The rose of pinot noir is "super high toned with bright wild strawberry aromatics" and pairs with anything, he says.
Onward Pet-Nat Cans
Coly Den Haan, the owner of Vinovore in Los Angeles, favors the canned version of the Onward Malvasia Bianca Pétillant Naturel, a natural sparkling wine. It's "super frisky, fresh, and juicy, with a crisp, bone-dry finish and a tingly spritz of bubbles," he says. These characteristics make it well-suited to warm summer days.
Margerum Riviera Rosé
The Margerum rose is one of a few canned wines that David DeLuca serves at his wine bar LA Wine in Los Angeles. He said the rosé, a blend of different Rhone grape varieties, including Cincaut, Mourvèdre, and Counoise, is light and fresh. "This can will be my best friend all summer," DeLuca says.
The canned Ruza Rosé from Winc is not too fruity or sweet with a "slight effervescence." That makes it a refreshing summer picnic partner, says Jessyca Frederick, CEO at WineClubReviews.net. She also likes that it comes in smaller cans, each the equivalent of one glass.
The Frico Frizzante by Scarpetta Wines is an Italian sparkling wine with "flavors of fresh white flowers and stone fruit complemented by soft, lively bubbles," says Darren Scott, sommelier at Estate Wine Brokers and Personal Wine.
Essentially Geared Rosé
Scott says the California rosé from Essentially Geared Wine Co. is "crisp and refreshing."
"This wine is eminently crushable during the hot summer months and pairs perfectly with salads, shellfish, and barbecue," Scott says.
Underwood Pinot Noir
Whites, rosés, and sparkling wines are often considered the most summery wines. But Trim says the canned Underwood Pinot Noir has been on the market for some time and is another popular option.
"Flavors are bright and lead off with cherry, dark berry, and plum," Trim says. And this wine goes well with anything off the grill.
The Pinot Project 2017 Pinot Noir
Scott enjoys the canned version of the Pinot Project's California Pinot Noir, which he says offers "pure aromas of dark cherries with a touch of Asian spice."
Whether you're heading to the beach, the park, or just your patio, canned wines are a delicious way to soak up the summer. And with so many delicious options, there's something for everyone.