It’s no longer uncommon to see cans of red wines, white wines, rosé wines, and sparkling wines on wine store shelves. Canned wine is increasing in popularity but sales still lag well behind bottled wine.
Canned wine offers several conveniences over wine from a bottle, such as increased portability, ease of access, zip top versus corkscrew, pre-measured servings, less weightiness and a lower price point than many bottled wines.
But is canned wine of equal quality to bottled wine? In a word, “Yes”. Wineries make canned wine in the same manner that they make bottled wine. The main difference is that the final product is placed inside an aluminum can instead of a glass bottle. The key is to look for products made by trusted brands and winemakers that produce high-quality wines.
There are a wide variety of wines offered in cans, including sweet and dry whites, reds and rosés. Wine spritzers, which typically have a lower alcohol content, are also available.
It can be argued that aluminum cans are more environmentally friendly than glass bottles. Being lighter in weight, transportation requires less of a carbon footprint. On average, aluminum cans are composed of three times more recycled material than glass bottles.
Canned wines come in many of the same varieties as bottled wines. The canning process doesn’t take away any of the wine’s quality. Many wineries can the same wine that they put in bottles. The quality and taste are the same and the can doesn’t alter the taste of the wine.
Canned wine can be drunk directly from the can, but in order to aerate it and experience the bouquet, it may be better served in a glass. Canned wine will not last as long as a comparable bottled wine might. The average shelf life for canned wine is 12 to 18 months. Canned wines can expire and aren’t intended to be collected and aged in the same way as some bottled wines are.
Store unopened canned wine similar to how you would bottled wine. The only difference is that there is no benefit from laying canned wine on its side.
If you open a can of wine and don’t finish it in the same sitting, you can store the can in the fridge for two to four days. Plastic wrap or aluminum foil will help prevent air from spoiling your wine. A better option may be to transfer the contents of the can to a sealable, reusable water bottle.
Canned wine provides flexibility, especially when adventuring outdoors. Bottled wines can be a hassle when you want an easy and portable beverage. Canned wine is the perfect drink to enjoy poolside, at the beach on a hike.
This can be the perfect time to explore the world of canned wine as the quality of these products has seen significant improvement over the past decade. However, in my own opinion, though canned wine provides a good portable travel alternative, it will not replace bottled wines.