Wine in a can.
Grape juice in aluminum.
That’s right baddies - I sometimes drink wine out of a can. There is a time and place for everything and when you want wine in a hurry, consider canned wines. While canned wines only take up a small percentage of market share, their popularity has increased in the last few years due consumer demand for convenient consumption of wine during outdoor activities. Wines packaged in cans allow for wine lovers to enjoy their grape juice during tailgate parties, evenings around the campfire, seashore tanning or post-hike. The packaging allows for easy storage in coolers or refrigerators, doesn’t require a bottle opener or glassware and is 100% recyclable.
Aside from convenience, canned wines offer smaller portions. They are usually packaged in smaller 375ml sized cans, as opposed to standard wine bottles which are 750ml. A 375ml can equals to about 2.5 glasses of wine, which is helpful if you are conscious of your calorie intake. It’s also a great way to reduce waste if you want a glass or two and you know you won’t finish a whole bottle.
So what does canned wine taste like? For starters, there are many different types of wine that can be packaged in cans. They are meant to be consumed right away. You won’t find a canned Barolo! I tasted a few canned wines from a brand called Right Now, produced by Stupendous Cellars. Their line of canned wines provide high quality fruit in on-the-go packaging at an affordable price point.
When did I reach for my cans of Right Now? After spending a few hours renovating my new apartment! Check out my tasting notes below.
Red Number 8, $23.99 (4-pack)
Grapes: 63% Zinfandel, 25 %Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Petite Sirah
Color: deep red
Nose: black cherry, crushed blueberries, violets
Palate: ripe plums, cherry ice, medium body, medium - acidity, long finish
I could definitely feel the slight residual sugar on this one. While Zinfandels usually have a bit of a bite, the residual sugar mellows out the wine. The Zin in this blend comes from vineyards in South Western Lodi fed by the Mokelumne River. The Petit Verdot does add structure and deep color to this wine. This would pair well with spicier BBQ dishes!
Rosé Dry Wine, $23.99 (4-pack)
Grapes: 35% Zinfandel, 32.8% Syrah, 30.2% Barbera, 0.4% Merlot
Color: pale pink
Nose: banana, melon, fresh strawberries
Palate: tart cherry, strawberries, medium- body, medium- acidity, short finish
This Rosé blend was fruit forward and slightly frizzante in texture. I didn’t find much complexity to this wine, but it captured exactly what a rose should be - fruity! Drink this with a variety of chicken and seafood dishes.
Alpine Stream White, $23.99 (4-pack)
Grapes: 85% Pinot Gris, 10% Viognier, 3% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Vermentino
Color: pale green yellow
Nose: mineral notes, yeasty, green apples, floral notes
Palate: green apple, lime, lemon, white pepper, medium body, medium acidity, long finish
This lively wine did have some complexity on both the palate and nose, most likely due to the different yeast strains used during the winemaking process. I was pleasantly surprised by this blend - making this my top choice in the lineup! Serve as an apertif or alongside snacks such as cheese, crackers and charcuterie.
Shimmer Lightly Sweet Rosé, $23.99 (4-pack)
Grapes: Zinfandel 40%, Petite Syrah 37%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Petit Verdot 4%, Assorted Varietals 9%
Color: deep pink
Nose: jolly rancher, geranium, ripe strawberries, bazooka bubblegum, banana
Palate: juicy strawberry, candy, sweet cherry, medium acidity, medium body, medium finish
I’m not particularly a sweet wine fan, but for anyone looking to satisfy their sweet tooth - this is the wine for you. There were a lot of flavors going on in this wine and the effervescent texture helped to balance the residual sugar. Definitely pair this with cupcakes, blended in a frosé or with spicier asian dishes.
All good things begin with a glass of vino.
I currently hold a Level 2 Intermediate Certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.