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Taste Test: The Best Canned Wine to Try This Summer

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Yes, You Can Wine!
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Yes, You Can Wine!

Back in the dark ages, wine lovers had to haul a heavy bottle of their favorite vino — plus a corkscrew and glasses — if they wanted to drink al fresco at a picnic or in the backyard. These days, smart sippers are leaving the bottles at home and bringing canned wine along instead. From crisp whites to fruity reds, we rounded up 13 canned wines for an informal taste test to determine whether any of them are worth drinking. (Short answer: Yes!)

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Union Wine Co. Underwood Pinot Noir
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Union Wine Co. Underwood Pinot Noir

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Price: $6 from Target
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When it comes to canned wine, perhaps none gets more love from critics than Union Wine's Underwood lineup, which also includes pinot gris, rosé, and sparkling varieties as well. Their pinot noir is classic Oregon: fresh raspberry on the nose and notes of ripe, tart cherry and vanilla on the tongue. Fresh and juicy, this ruby red pinot promises easy sipping with or without food. It was also the top canned red wine in a Wine Spectator review of more than two dozen canned and boxed wines.

Joe To Go Pinot Gris
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Joe To Go Pinot Gris

Price: $6 from Bevmo
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Dobbs Family Winery is another Oregon winery that gets lots of critical love for its Joe To Go canned wines, which also include pinot noir and rosé. With hints of dry citrus on the nose; crisp notes of green melon and mandarin orange on the tongue; and a light, clean finish, their pinot gris is a refreshing option on a hot day. It also makes a great base for a wine spritzer.

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Barrelhouse Red Blend
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Barrelhouse Red Blend

Price: $6 from Total Wine & More
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Aging wine in bourbon barrels is a thing, apparently, but if you don't care for whiskeys and bourbons, the resulting vino can be a bit of a shock to the first-time drinker. Notes of clove, raisin, nutmeg quickly give way to pronounced (almost overbearing to this reviewer) smoky oak and leather. Save it for a hearty steak dinner or chocolate afterward.

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West + Wilder White Wine
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West + Wilder White Wine

Price: $35 for 6 cans from West + Wilder
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West + Wilder canned wine is harder to find in stores than the others in this comparison. At about $6 per 250ml can, it's also one of the pricier options — it's only sold in packs of three at most stores, while the winemaker offers it paired with a three-pack of their rosé. But if price isn't your primary criteria for buying, West + Wilder is worth the splurge. A delicate floral nose with grassy traces gives way to refreshing hints of green fruit on the tongue with a dry, pleasant finish. It was also the top canned wine overall in Wine Spectator's 2019 roundup of canned and boxed wines.

La Fresquera Red Wine
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La Fresquera Red Wine

Price: $8 (250ml x 4) from Total Wine & More
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This light-bodied Spanish tempranillo calls to mind hot, windy summer days, when a rustic red wine can be just as refreshing as a cold, buttery chardonnay (maybe even more so, depending on your taste). Tight tannins on the tongue give way to plum, tart cherry and green apple, with a dry finish. Sip by itself or pair with a charcuterie plate that includes manchego cheese and serrano ham.

Crafters Union Pinot Grigio
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Crafters Union Pinot Grigio

Price: $7 from Total Wine & More
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This California white was the softest of the bunch; on first sip, it tasted more like a chardonnay than a pinot grigio. Buttered popcorn on the nose, ripe pear on the tongue with citrusy hints and a medium-dry finish. Try it over ice for a cool summertime sip or paired with salty snacks.

Prophecy Pinot Noir
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Prophecy Pinot Noir

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Price: $11 from Walmart
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Exceptionally smooth, this California pinot noir could be mistaken for a zinfandel or equally hearty varietal. Fuller-bodied than the other pinots we sampled, the Prophecy hits the tongue with juicy strawberry, hints of raspberry, and pronounced dark spice on the finish. Silky mouthfeel but a bit too full-bodied for drinking without food. Pair it with a cheeseburger or mushroom risotto.

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Porch Pounder Chardonnay
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Porch Pounder Chardonnay

Price: $7 from Drizly
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Bright strawberry and citrus zest on the nose; with hints of green apple, unripe pear, and kiwifruit on the tongue with perhaps a trace of the usual butteryness expected from a chardonnay. Serve this California chardonnay ice-cold by itself or with cheese and crackers.

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Seven Daughters Pinot Noir
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Seven Daughters Pinot Noir

Price: $15 from Total Wine & More
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This California pinot has a notably fuller body than the Underwood, with traces of cedar on the nose. Hints of berry give way to warm spice, currant, and red berries, with a dry finish. It demands to be served with a double-cheeseburger and fries.

Butternut Chardonnay
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Butternut Chardonnay

Price: $7 from Morton Wiliams
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This California chardonnay was surprisingly tart, so much so that it could be mistaken for a dry, citrusy sauvignon blanc. Green apple and white grapefruit on the tongue with trace minerality and a smooth, almost buttery finish. Serve on ice by itself, as a spritzer, or paired with chilled shellfish, chicken salad, or pita with hummus.

House Wine Original Red Blend
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House Wine Original Red Blend

Price: $5 from Total Wine & More
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Pronounced tannins on this jammy red blend from Washington state. Hints of white pepper, red fruit, and a touch of leather, with a full body and mellow, warm finish that lingers slightly. Another excellent choice for burgers or BBQ.

Underwood Pinot Gris
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Underwood Pinot Gris

Price: $5 from Total Wine & More
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The lightest-colored of our white wine samples, Underwood has the faintest pink blush color with hints of sweet berry and citrus on the nose. Mild strawberry and watermelon on the tongue, with a moderate body and pleasingly dry finish make this an easy one to drink by itself or with food. Don't care for white? Underwood also makes a rosé, which is a fave with editors at Food & Wine.

Santa Julia Chardonnay
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Santa Julia Chardonnay

Price: $6 from Bine & Vine
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Our least favorite canned white wine of the bunch, this Argentine chardonnay has a funky nose that may be off-putting to some drinkers. Tart notes of unripe apple and bitter orange on the tongue with a dry finish more reminiscent of a sauvignon blanc than a buttery, oaky chardonnay.

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