‘Tis the season of canned bevvies! We’re used to seeing some of our favourite summer beverages in cans like beers, coolers, and ciders.
So why not wine as well? In this article, we’ll give you 3 reasons why you need to try canned wine and 3 canned wine recommendations.
1. Aluminium is more eco-friendly
Not only are aluminium cans more eco-friendly to produce than a glass bottle, but they have a much higher recycle rate than glass bottles do. Cans can also be recycled many times, while glass loses its quality each time it gets recycled. Fun fact: this is why you’ll often see coloured wine bottles. It’s much easier to mask the cloudiness that develops in the glass once it's been recycled multiple times by using colour.
2. Cans are more convenient
They’re lighter than glass, come in single servings, and there’s no glassware required! This makes canned wines way more convenient to take on hikes, picnics, and other summer adventures. You also have the option to try a few different wines for the same price as a single bottle. Not to mention, the only cleanup required is to crush the can and stash it in your bag–what could be easier than that?
3. The wine's flavour is preserved
Canned beverages have definitely come a long way in the last few years–no tinn-y aftertaste here! In fact, wine will actually keep longer in a can than it will in a bottle since the freshness and vibrancy of the wine is preserved from the moment it is canned. This freshness is also thanks to the fact that no light is able to get through aluminium cans. We’re seeing lots of VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wines coming out in cans now, helping to make some great BC wines more accessible, along with other cool beverages.
Here are some of our favourite canned wines:
Northern Lights Temptation
These light sparkling wines are full of fruity flavour. Northern Lights have created their Temptation collection of sparkling canned wines. Their Strawberry Rhubarb blend is inspired by their award-winning Seduction wine. Honeyberry Raspberry is also a great refreshing option, with the perfect balance of sweetness for a summer day. Pack this wine for your picnics!
Averill Creek Piquettes (Rouge or Blanc)
A Piquette isn’t exactly wine. It’s more comparable to a kombucha or wheat beer since it is so light and refreshing. Once the grapes have been crushed and the leftover grape skins (pomace) have been taken out, water is added to the pomace to start the refermentation process. This creates a spritzy, light, and refreshing drink with lower alcohol content. Local vineyard Averill Creek creates delicious Rouge and Blanc Piquettes. They’re best to bring along to the beach and sip on the shore.
Joie Rosé Canned Wines
Joie was one of the VQA wineries that we first started to see put out canned wines. They have several, including their well known Noble Blend and Rosé. They also have the can-exclusive Tiny Bubbles. This blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viogner is a wonderful bubbly with lots of tropical fruit and zest. Best enjoyed in the summer, and great to take and celebrate with at the end of a long hike. Not to mention, they’re easy to pack!
Pick up one of these recommendations to add to your summer outing this season! They’re the perfect addition to an evening on the beach or a picnic in the park. Stop by your local Cascadia for more recommendations or shop online and get your drinks delivered to your door! If you can’t find the canned wine you’re looking for, our team will be happy to help you find a local alternative.