10 best canned wines - BBC GoodFood
Forget bottles – these days, it’s all about wine in a can. Read our expert review to discover the 10 best canned whites, rosés, spritzers and red wines ideal for taking to picnics and parties. Written by Henry Jeffreys – Wine expert for BBG GoodFood (bbcgoodfood.com), Aug 3, 2020.
Spring is in the air and lockdown restrictions are being lifted, which can mean only one thing: it’s picnic time! For all your al fresco sipping needs, we’ve rounded up the best canned wines out there.
And, why not? Canned wines aren’t just for picnics, taking on trains or drinking at festivals. They’re handy for when you might fancy just a glass of something nice midweek rather than open a bottle. We’re just now catching up with the Americans who have long been putting quality wines in cans. It helps that canning technology has improved hugely in recent years, and you’re no longer going to get any odd metallic tastes.
Cans can be better for the environment, too. They weigh less and tend to be recycled more than glass. Plus, some of these cans are transported in bulk to Britain before being canned here, which saves on energy.
A quick word on stockists: since the start of the pandemic, most companies have invested in e-commerce sites and we’ve become used to buying things in bulk. For some of these products, I’ve included a direct source, but for others, there’s a retailer.
For this test, I tasted the samples out of a glass, then straight from the can. The sweeter, simpler wines tended to taste better well-chilled out of a can, whereas the more complex ones – especially the reds – should be poured into a proper glass.
The best canned wines to buy 2021
- HUN – Sparkling Rosé
- WEST + WILDER – White
This is a fruit salad of varieties, including sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, viognier, muscat, and chardonnay, all grown in the west coast of US in California, Oregon and Washington state. It’s a very complex drop with green apples, creamy texture and salty tang. Pretty tasty all round.
- BALFOUR – Pink fizz
- KISS OF WINE – Smooth Chardonnay 2019
- CANNED WINE COMPANY – Old vine garnacha 2016
- COPPER CREW – Chenin Blanc 2019
- LUBANZI – Red 2019
- THE CURATOR – White 2020
- SCARPETTA – Lambrusco
This is such a good idea. Traditional sparkling red lambrusco from Emilia Romagna, with its vibrant simple flavours, is the perfect picnic wine. It’s joyful stuff – bittersweet dark cherry fruit jumps out when you open it, backed up by plenty of fizz. This is what canned wine should be.
- IGO – Organic Rosé 2019