Labor Day may have come and gone but, contrary to popular belief, September still offers plenty of chances for summer fun. Whether you have yet to enjoy a beach day, backyard barbecue or picnic in the park, you have plenty of warm weather left to make plans.
Still, all of these activities require some preparation—namely, figuring out what to drink while soaking up the sun. Beer makes you burp, wine bottles are a pain and cocktails require too many components. Instead, consider canned wine—the latest craze to hit day drinkers.
Lately, there’s been a huge increase in canned wine production by small, top-notch producers in California and Oregon. When you think about it, it makes sense. Canned wine is portable, quick to chill and more environmentally friendly than bottled wine (aluminum has a higher recycling rate than glass). Cans also make it easier to enjoy a single serving. Although, with the four options below at your disposal, we’d be willing to bet you’ll drink more than one.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem White Wine
A mix of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, this lightly carbonated wine drinks more like a cider. A single sip reveals notes of star fruit, white peach, citrus and cardamom with a smooth, refreshing finish. According to The Infinite Monkey Theorem’s website, its cans are even “shotgunnable.” We’ll let you decide whether or not to verify that claim.
$15 for a four-pack of 250 ml cans
Field Recordings 2014 Fiction Red
Photo by Field Recordings
The perfect pairing to grilled meats, this Rhône-style red features silky tannins and a sweet, fruity finish. Expect notes of cherry, sandalwood and tobacco or, as Field Recording describes it, “blueberry pie, luxurious suede couches, ham paninis and unlit menthol cigarettes.” Just like we said.
$40 for a four-pack of 500 ml cans
Union Wine Co. 2016 Underwood Rosé
Photo by Union Wine Co.
Clean and crisp, this rosé has just a hint of sweetness, with subtle notes of strawberry, watermelon and peach. While we can’t guarantee you’ll feel any less basic drinking rosé from a can, we’re guessing you won’t care when you’re sipping one of these beauties.
$28 for a four-pack of 375 ml cans
Sofia Blanc de Blancs Mini
Photo by Francis Ford Coppola Winery
From Francis Ford Coppola’s Sonoma winery comes this sparkling blend of Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Muscat. Fruity and fizzy, it tastes of pears, summer melon and honeysuckle, and even comes with its own straw for sipping on the go. Put away the Chambong; the real party has arrived.
$20 for a four-pack of 187 ml cans
Article written by Natalie Beauregard