We did the ultimate canned wine taste test to find the BEST canned wine for you to enjoy at your next party or tailgate. The Living Locurto team tried fifteen different red, white and rosé canned wines. You might be shocked at what we found! This is a must read for wine lovers.
The Ultimate Taste Test to Find the Best Canned Wine
More winemakers are releasing their versions of canned wine, proving the canned wine trend is not going to set with the summer sun. We love wine, but so many canned wine brands on the market, how do you know you are choosing a good one? The Living Locurto team has you covered! We taste tested 15 canned wines in three different categories (Reds, whites and rosé canned wines) to find the best canned wine.
Why try canned wine?
Canned wine has a convenience factor. Toss out your corkscrew and throw a canned wine into a cooler and you are set for a day at the beach or pool. What about after summer? Can canned wines be just as fun and convenient in the winter months? We say yes they can! They’re perfect for a casual block party, a neighborhood fall festival, Christmas caroling, or a casual night in with friends.
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Which canned wine to buy?
Buying the right canned wine can overwhelming, so we decided it would be fun to do a taste test at our recent Living Locurto retreat. Trust us when we say, we know what were are talking about when it comes to wines! But we are no wine snobs either. We’re a group of professional party planners, food bloggers, and novice wine aficionados. Everyone agreed that we like wines to be approachable, smooth, and easy to drink.
Note: We weren’t paid to write this and have no affiliation with any of these brands. It was purely a taste test to find the best canned wines available at our local Texas stores.
The Ultimate Canned Wine Test Winners!
Rosé Canned Wine Taste Test
First up in our taste test were rosé canned wines. We sampled five different brands of rosé and found almost all of them to be pleasing and delicious.
The Rosé Wine Winner: Ava Grace Vineyards Rosé, 13% alc./vol.
We all loved this wine! Ava Grace Vineyards canned rosé wine comes in a very pretty and feminine can. The rosé is a nice color, not too deep and not too light. The rosé smelled perfumy and flowery and the taste was smooth and supple.
Rosé Wine Runner-Up: Underwood Rosé, 12% alc./vol.
Underwood Rose from Union Wine Company is grown and made in Oregon. We liked this rose because it was very light and almost effervescent. Like the Ava Grace canned rosé, it was also very smooth with a nice finish. It had notes of peach and berries. Overall we thought it was an unpretentious, easy drinking wine which is how every canned wine should be.
White Canned Wine Taste Test
We mixed up the varietals when it came to the cans of white wines. As luck would have it, our two favorites were a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc.
The White Wine Winner: Essentially Geared Wine Company Chardonnay, 13.5% alc./vol.
This canned Chardonnay is dry, slightly fruity, and full-bodied. We all thought this wine would be great paired with a hearty fall cuisine. This wine can go beyond summertime because it is so approachable and drinkable. Versatile for a canned Chardonnay, it would be fine to drink it alone or with a meal.
White Wine runner-up: Tangent Sauvignon Blanc, 12% alc./vol.
This Sauvignon Blanc is bright and light. A little sweeter than you might expect with lots of fruity notes. This was a close second to our favorite and it was almost too hard to choose which one we liked better.
Red Canned Wine Taste Test
When it came to red canned wines, things took an interesting turn! Up until the reds, most of the wines we tasted were very pleasant. Maybe at this point in our testing our taste buds had enough, but for whatever reason, we did not like canned red wine as much as white or rosé canned wines. That being said, we still found some impressive canned red wines.
The Red Wine Winner: Underwood Pinot Noir, 13% alc./vol.
The first thing we noticed about this canned pinot noir was the deep plum aroma. Delicious! The taste did not disappoint. It was a classic, smooth Oregon Pinot Noir with lots of cherry and plum flavors. It was hard to believe it was a canned Pinot Noir.
Red Wine Runner-Up: We Are California Red Blend, 13% alc./vol.
Red Blends always seem like a safe bet and this canned red blend hit the mark. Tasty notes of black licorice and dark cherry define this very drinkable red in an attractive can.
Do you like canned wine?
We heard canned wine was good, but didn’t quite believe the hype. After trying 15 brands of canned wines, we can say we were impressed! Don’t be afraid to try canned wine at your next holiday get together. The convenience and portability are great, but you will not be disappointed by the taste or quality of canned wines. Find more wine ratings here.
What’s your favorite wine? Let us know in the comments below.
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Naomi Calle is a wife and mom of three who loves traveling, cooking, running, organizing and great at coming up with life hacks to keep up with her family.