Canned wines are the new canned beers, and we're here for it.
Canned wines are all the rage right now—and what's not to like? They're portable, potable, and pretty. They're the perfect marriage of stylish sophistication and casual coolness. And they come in the cutest cans for summer entertaining. But by now, there are so many different kinds of canned wines out there, it can be a bit intimidating. Finding a bottle of wine you like is hard enough. There's no crash course in identifying the perfect canned wine.
Lucky for you, the food team here at Real Simple took on the task of finding the best canned wines and spritzers so you can cut straight to the chase. Our editors tasted 30 varieties of wine from 10 different brands over the course of one (very fun) afternoon. The (slightly tipsy) team narrowed it down to these nine top picks, including multiple rosés.
Without further ado, we present the Real Simple food team’s picks for best canned wines and spritzers!
Dark Horse Pinot Grigio
This is your pool wine, plain and simple. Pinot Grigio is a go-to summer wine for the team here, and this can is no exception. Crack open a cold one and lounge on your giant watermelon/swan/donut floatie. This can is simple and crisp enough to drink all afternoon, but delicious enough to keep you going back for more.
To buy: $7.49 per can, thebarrelroom.com
Coppola Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc
For anyone who likes to create their own spritzer with white wine and seltzer, this is the can do it with. This Sauvignon Blanc is fruity without being too sweet, and isn’t too big of a wine that it overwhelms the palate. Try making a spritzer yourself by combining two parts wine with one part seltzer in a wine glass filled with ice.
To buy: $20 per 4 cans, thefamilycoppola.com
Underwood Pinot Gris
This robust Pinot Gris, which is very similar to the ever-popular Pinot Grigio, was so complex the team was surprised it had been sitting in a can. This wine can be poured into a glass and sipped while sitting on your terrace or in your backyard, or drank right out of the can at a picnic. It’s beautiful color and crisp yet sweet taste is the perfect accompaniment to charcuterie, cheese, and crunchy vegetables.
To buy: $6.99 per can, wine.com
Summer means rosé, as far as our food team is concerned, and so this variety is our ideal wine in a can. This rosé tastes exactly what you think rosé should taste like. With notes of stone fruit and a gorgeous pink color, it’s summer in a can.
To buy: $7.99 per can, wine.com
Dark Horse Rosé
Many people think rosé means rosé and they all taste the same. This canned wine test proved nothing could be farther from the truth. When compared to the others we tasted, this variety was richer and rounder. It is a fruity wine, one that the food team thinks would go perfect with a pizza.
To buy: $7.49 per can, thebarrelroom.com
Underwood Rosé Bubbles
When congratulations are in order, this is the can to pick up to propose a toast. Many sparkling rosés can be overly sweet, but this one is perfectly crisp with ‘good bubs,’ as one food editor said. With a subtle berry aftertaste, this can is a great (bubbly) pick.
To buy: $28 per 4 cans, shop.unionwinecompany.com
Say goodbye to the spritzers of yesteryear, where added sugar and artificial flavor reigned supreme. Ramona is the anti-spritzer, in the best way possible. Flavored with real grapefruit, this bubbly beverage tastes like all of the best aspects of the fruit: sweet, tart and bitter.
To buy: $18.99 per 4 cans, wine stores nationwide
Pampelonne Rosé Lime
If this test was based solely on cuteness of cans, this Rosé Lime spritzer would win, hands down. Between it’s petite size and striped pink design, it would be hard not to love it. Lime adds a touch of sourness to rosé, making it a pairing that screams summer.
To buy: $16.99 per 4 cans, enjoypampelonne.passionspirits.com
Underwood Riesling Radler
When this ‘Riesling Radler’ was poured out of its gorgeous floral can, the team expected it to look lik, well, Reisling. Instead it resembled beer because it's made from hops—the main ingredient in beer—and juice. It turns out 'radler' is the name of a beverage that mixes beer and juice, so this is Underwood’s wine version of that—and it's delicious.
To buy: $24 per 4 cans, shop.unionwinecompany.com