Recently, I wrote a blog post on YuriVanetikWine.com about the influx of quality boxed wine in recent years. No longer just a way for college students to ensure their wine would stay good longer and allow for easier stacking of multiple containers, boxed wine has taken on a new life. And now, somewhat unsurprisingly, we can say the same about wine in a can.
Before I get in too deep here, let’s get something straight. Most boxed and canned wines aren’t going to touch the lips of true wine snobs. A box of Bota or can of Underwood isn’t going to be of the same quality as high end bottled wines–that’s just a fact. But at the same time, there’s nothing wrong with buying cheaper wine when the time calls for it. Not every bottle you drink has to cost in the triple digits–in fact, it shouldn’t. And if you are opting for somewhat cheaper wines, why not add in a bit of convenience and grab a can?
Cans may lack some of the grace and class of a bottle of wine, but often come at a much cheaper price like their boxed counterparts. Cans also add an air of convenience–as has been showed on a number of TV shows–the risk of spills is lessened considerably, nice asset to have if you’re having a drink near kids, pets or particularly animated friends.
Like virtually every other wine on the planet, not all canned wines are created the same. Here are a couple of the better ones on the market right now.
At roughly $25 for a four pack of cans, Underwood offers a good blend of quality and quantity at an affordable price. Created by Union Wine Company, Underwood comes in pinot noir, pinot gris, sparkling and rose.
Trading a somewhat less refined look in favor of a cheaper price and a convenient straw, Sofia from the Coppola Family Wine line gives off a younger and slightly more feminine vibe to it, but that certainly shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it–if you’re drinking canned wine you likely aren’t overly concerned about keeping an uptight classy appearance anyway.
Alloy Wine Works
Wine Folly’s choice for the best canned rose doesn’t disappoint. The rich and fruity wine made with grenache grapes has received favorable reviews from wine reviewers at a very affordable $30 for a four pack.
If you do choose to indulge in canned (or boxed, for that matter) wine, do it right. Don’t show up to a dinner party with a 6 pack of Underwood in your hand and a Little Caesar’s pizza. There’s a time and a place for cheap wines, and classy affairs aren’t an example. However, if you and a friend want to sip on some wine at the beach, at a concert or in your living room, give the above choices a try, you might not be disappointed.