As the weather warms up and we load our picnic baskets and backpacks for trips to the beach, campsite or park, we’ll almost certainly be adding a few cans of wine.
After all, canned wine has some surprising benefits.
Canned wine is light, portable and convenient when you are on the go. Easy-breezy!
A can is a stable environment, meaning no oxygen can penetrate the packaging, so there is less necessity to add sulphur to preserve the wine.
Cans are environmentally friendly. Aluminum weighs less than glass, which is gentler on our carbon footprint, and cans have a higher recycling rate than bottles do.
The smaller serving size means you don’t have to commit to an entire bottle (or lug all that weight around) when you only want a glass or two.
Canned wines cool down quickly and stay chilled longer. Um, hello? Yes, please.
And the best reason for drinking wine out of a can is that there is no need for a corkscrew or a wine glass. Just pull open that tab and voilà! Your wine is served!
It is undeniable that the quality of canned wine has improved dramatically in the last couple of years. Some canned wines are even considered a luxury niche in a fast-growing category.
But no matter why you’re choosing it, canned wine will be the star of all summer’s outdoor activities.
Three B.C. canned wines to try
Corcelettes Estate Winery Santé en Cannette 2020 Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc blend
(Similkameen Valley, B.C., $7.50 per 250 mL can)
Lightly off-dry, bubbly and refreshing.
Stag’s Hollow Winery Syrah Rosé 2021
(Okanagan Falls, B.C., $8 per 250 mL can)
Watermelon, rhubarb with some zesty herbaceous notes.
Castoro de Oro Winery Merlot NV
(Oliver, B.C., $8.49 per 250 mL can)
Lush plum, mocha and vanilla.