It’s that time of year again to wear tee-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, and embrace the warm weather. I, for one, am looking forward to outdoor concerts, picnics in the park, backyard barbecues, beach time, and pool parties.
With the revved-up production of canned wines from producers worldwide, many quality canned wines are vying for space on retail shelves. According to Grand View Research, “The global canned wines market size was valued at USD 211.4 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.2% from 2021 to 2028. The rising demand for convenient, portable, and single-serve beverages is the key driver for the market growth.”
What is a better way to enjoy wine without schlepping a bottle, corkscrew, and stemware while off on an adventure? Single-serve canned wines to the rescue! They are not only light-weight and convenient to stow in your backpack or picnic basket, but quite a few are low in alcohol and contain a small number of calories. I have tasted many canned wines over the last few years and have been quite impressed with most of them. They are growing in popularity, and more wine producers worldwide are getting in on the action.
Here is a small sampling of canned wines to enjoy at your next outing or stay at home in a hammock time. All of these wines should be served chilled.
Santa Julia Malbec Rosé
Bodega Santa Julia is located in Mendoza, Argentina. This rosé is made with 100% organically grown Malbec grapes from Santa Rosa and Maipu vineyards. It is a very refreshing, dry wine that oozes strawberry flavors. Notes of raspberry, a hint of citrus, and a dollop of acidity round out this slightly effervescent rosé.
Tiamo Organic Dry Rosé Spritz
The Tiamo brand is produced by British husband and wife team Mel and Janie Master and the Sager family. This rosé is a blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes sourced from vineyards in Chieti, Italy. It is fresh and crisp with flavors of berries, sour cherry, a hint of floral, and just the right amount of fizz.
This dry rosé is made with Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Cabernet Franc grapes obtained from the Loire Valley in France and blended with sparkling water sourced from the Austrian Alps. Rob Kuchar, the founder of Rosé Water located in Wilmington, NC, created the product for “today’s consumer who is focused on health and wellness in all aspects of their life.” He and his wife Amy spent almost two years creating the perfect blend. This is a light and refreshing wine loaded with cranberry, cherry, and berry flavors. Acidity and a nice sparkle blend well on the palate.
SRP: $13.99 – $16.99/6-pack Single 8.5% can/$2.49 – $3.99
BNA Wine Group produces Butternut Wines. The company is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, with a presence and partnerships in Napa Valley, CA.
Fourth-generation wine distributor John Hooper, second-generation winemaker Tony Leonardi, and industry veteran Gary Carr form the group. Their mantra is “discover the right vineyards, retain the natural characters in the grape, coax the best wine into the bottle and then offer the resulting wine at a great value.” All the grapes for Butternut wines are sourced and produced in California.
This is a blend of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Syrah. The palate explodes with flavors of raspberry, tangerine, strawberry, red ruby grapefruit, and crisp acidity. It is quite refreshing!
SRP: $6.99 for a 375ml can
This wine is 100% Chardonnay. Aromas of floral, citrus, peach, and Honeycrisp apples segue onto the palate with hints of melon and a creamy mouthfeel. It is nicely balanced, with acidity showing through.
SRP: $6.99 for a 375ml can
The Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery
The infinite monkey theorem is an old mathematical theorem that states, “a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.” The Infinite Monkey Theorem winery was named after the above theorem. As Ben Parsons, founder and winemaker, said, “it’s all about creating order out of a chaotic system. Given an infinite amount of time, anything and everything is possible.” The grapes are sourced mainly from the western slopes of Colorado at an elevation of 4,500 feet.
Bellini Wine Cocktail
This wine is a blend of Riesling and Palisade Peach juice. The color is soft lemon with refreshing flavors of light peach and citrus and is lightly carbonated with just the right amount of acidity.
Made with Riesling, it is another lightly carbonated wine. The nose offers floral, citrus, and granny smith apples that segue onto the palate to blend with a tart but refreshing and zesty acidity.
Summer officially begins on June 20th. So grab your favorite canned wine and enjoy some “chill time”!
Until next time…
Feature Photo credit: Raphael Biscaldi
All other photos by Penny Weiss