by Ben Swenson
First came the artificial cork. Then the twist-off top. Now there’s another innovation for enjoying wine. Canned vino needs no introduction; it has been available at retail since the early 2000s. But the popularity of aluminum cans among wine fans has skyrocketed in just the past couple years. The packaging is ideal for venues where glass bottles are verboten, such as pools and festivals. And with cans of wine generally being a fraction of the size of a 750 ml bottle, imbibing one or two won’t leave you stumbling home.
But is the canned stuff fit for fancy occasions, or is it more along the lines of boxed wine at a budget wedding? Many labels are actually pretty good, says Bethany Morris, wine director and sommelier at The Main in Norfolk. Those that do best are unoaked whites and rosés, light wines that go well when you’d like a refreshing drink or just a pick-me-up. If you’re a canned-wine novice, Morris says, give it a shot. She recommends Ramona, an organic, grapefruit-infused white, and Amble + Chase, a rosé made with grapes sourced in Provence.