Sun-filled, balmy days are here and you need some tasty wines to pose with while taking those ocean-backdropped insta snaps. But glass is not practical, or safe. Back in 2002, Coppola introduced canned wines to the U.S. with their mini Sofia sparkling, and now the field is wide with lots of delicious options.
Cans make sense—they are portable, sustainably packaged, ultimately recyclable, and best of all, single-serve.
Canned wine is on-trend as well—the category grew 61% in 2020 according to Nielsen, and the forecast for this year is sunny.
These are the must-have beaching, boating, sunbathing canned wines to complete your vacation without stressing about a corkscrew or bulky bottle. Pack-in, pack-out was never easier.
There is a lot to love about this nifty brand, including their respect for all things female. Created by two self-proclaimed momma’s boys, Dear Mom celebrates ladies everywhere through their adorable packaging, peep the pink popsicle-speckled Rosé can, and dedication to supporting charities that aid women, and especially moms. “Every month we pick out a charity that elevates women and mothers (to donate a portion of proceeds to),” Co-Owner Robert Karmin said.
Dear Mom has four offerings: White, Red, Rosé, and Sparkletown (a sparkling pinot gris). At 187 ml, they make a generous 6-ounce pour, no glass needed. All wines are crafted from Oregon grapes through sustainable farming partnerships, and lovingly canned for all your pool, hiking, kayaking, and general outdoor needs. Don’t forget to check out their #momstagram.
Wondering about that name? The Infinite Monkey Theorem states ‘that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare’. Nicki McTague, CEO and President, explained “We literally have one winemaker and then there’s four people around him. We create order (and great wine) out of chaos, like these monkeys producing the works of Shakespeare.”
Infinite Monkey Theorem Wines broke the canned wine field wide open in 2011, becoming one of the first mass-marketed products in the category. Their mission is, “…eliminating everything that’s pretentious from the wine industry.
You can drink good wine out of a can, and you don’t need to be judged for that.
We use the best grapes, harvesting them at their peak, nurturing each batch of juice as it becomes our wine, and getting to know the people who drink it. We also decided to get rid of the variables that don’t matter: the vineyard location, the rolling hills, and the tasting room covered in granite and marble,” McTague said.
They deliver. Available in Red, White, Rosé, The Bubble Universe, The Bubble Universe Rosé, Dry Hopped Pear Cider, Dry Hopped Sauv Blanc, and Peach Bellini, there is something for everyone in your group, for every occasion. Isn’t it time to crack open a can?
Architects of the “Pinkies Down” campaign, Underwood Wine has been canning since 2012. The winemakers want the focus to be on the great juice they are putting in the can rather than the sometimes pretentious aura wine can project. As Darin Dougherty, Director of Marketing, said “Stemmed glassware isn’t for us, and neither is drinking wine with our pinkies in the air.”
Making approachable, portable, adventure-worthy wine is their superpower.
Underwood comes in a spectrum of flavors from Pinot Gris to Pinot Noir to Rosé, and all the bubbles, served in 375 ml cans, a little over two glasses. And, you can get variety packs if you want to mix things up. All come from local Oregon grapes picked, processed, and packaged in-house.
They did not stop there. Underwood also offers a selection of canned wine concoctions reminiscent of refreshing wine coolers, except made with unique ingredients like elderflower, and guava. The Mei is a collaboration with Top Chef’s Mei Lin that brings forth tastes of tropical fruits, floral essence, and lemongrass. The Strawberry Cooler is a blend of pinot noir, fresh strawberries, and cranberry juice for the quintessential backyard barbeque refresher. Then there is The Riesling Radler made for summer moments with hair down, windows open, and no schedule.
If you have been to a Shake Shack, you know The Gotham Project. Their canned wines make the perfect accompaniment for burgers and fries, and are part of an exclusive partnership with the restaurant chain. But, for founders Bruce Schneider and Charles Bieler, it is about more than market infiltration. It is about making the wine market more eco-friendly, and accessible. According to Schneider, “[Cans] are lighter, so a lower carbon footprint to transport it, it’s very portable and convenient. You’re doing an outdoor activity and you pop a can…in your backpack—it weighs so much less than glass. It’s just a great option.”
There are only three cans to choose from, but they are all worthy. The Rosé is produced from Spanish Mourvedre, the Pinot Grigio is crafted from hand-picked grapes from Italy, and the Cabernet hails from California. All wine is shipped to their facility in New Jersey and canned on-site into 250 ml, perfect for two servings. And, they have a Canifesto espousing their promise of “a better glass of wine” in every can.
If the pink liquid bug has not bitten yet, prepare to be smitten by 30A Wine’s new Rosé Bubbles. Hand-harvested from Willamette Valley grapes, and fermented in stainless steel tanks, this can embodies everything you want from a refreshing beach beverage. Immediately the strawberry scent tickles your nose, and the vibrant mandarine orange nuance wakes up your palate.
And, the label cannot be ignored.
The gorgeous aluminum can is ringed with soft pastel blue, sand, and white reminiscent of a beautiful day on the Gulf.
You will want to Rosé all day with this latest 30A creation, and you can pick it up locally at all Wine World locations, as well as a growing number of markets and restaurants.
With a motto like, “Don’t overthink it, just drink it” there is an expectation of simplicity. But, what you get in their cans is not simple. It is a wide selection of varietals, in a rainbow of cute cans adorned with an image of a house, with sophisticated taste. The Chardonnay has notes of Asian pear and pineapple, The Red Blend is rich with currants and perfect with pizza, and then there are the bubbles (pink and not), the Sauvignon Blanc, the Pinot Noir, The Rosé, and on and on.
They also have fun riffs on wine cocktails like Paloma, Sangria, and Tropical Spritz—all perfect for staycation relaxation. All you need is your unicorn float, and some summer vibes.
Is it a wine? Is it an Italian Spritz? The answer is, yes. Ramona offers a Dry Sparkling Rosé heady with tart cherry and hibiscus, crafted from popular Italian grapes Montepulciano and Sangiovese. It is fizzy and understated. But, Ramona is not finished with you. They have a line of wine spritzes that are downright delicious. Flavors include Ruby Grapefruit, Blood Orange, and Meyer Lemon—all are organic, low-sulfate, sustainably-produced, and crafted by award-winning sommelier Jordan Salcito.
They come in 4-packs of 250 ml cans, or you can opt for the Ride or Dry Pack which features a mix of Dry Sparkling Rosé and Dry Ruby Grapefruit Spritz. As they say, “this offer is to dry for.”