What are the best wines in cans for picnics? | Wine

OWhen I did a roundup of the best canned wines last summer, I struggled to find many that I would be willing to drink myself. This year, however, the situation is much better – but now the problem is availability: many of the most interesting cans have sold out, suggesting there is unmet demand.

Of course, I’m not really the target audience, which is defined by Alexander McNair of the recently launched Wild Steps line as “25-39 year old millennial and Gen Z wine drinkers.” I imagine many of them would be perfectly happy to have anything in a box, as long as it’s cold – they’re unlikely to pour it into a glass, to begin with – but McNair says that ‘they’ve taken a more ambitious approach to the liquid they put in cans. The Malbec in today’s selection, for example, is made by Argentinian producer Zuccardi, though he doesn’t make it a hallmark. What they emphasize, however, are their environmental and social credentials: the wines are made from organically grown grapes on sustainably managed vineyards, and 10% of the profits from each can are donated to charities. charities (currently the British Beekeepers Association and The Woodland Trust). Equally important to me, at least, is a wine that any Malbec lover would be happy to drink.

And that’s not easy with canned wine, largely because of the quality of the liquid and also the canning process. It turns out there aren’t enough specialist canneries to meet demand, according to Vinca’s Jack Green. “Wine doesn’t like exposure to oxygen, so we need to make sure that as soon as it leaves the cellar, the canners are primed and ready to put it in the box within a week.” Unlike beer, wine also reacts badly to aluminum due to its high acidity level, which is why Vinca uses cans coated with a layer of water-based resin and reduces sulfur content. to avoid any interaction with the liner, which is not something that could be said for all canneries.

There’s also a sustainability issue: canned wine doesn’t stay fresh forever, but some retailers sell older vintages, which is hard to justify, given the prices some charge. “We have found that our wines are still perfectly fresh after 18 months,” says Green. “Any more than that, and they start to lose their shine and acidity.”

Despite these teething issues, my hunch (as with the non-alcoholic wines I talked about last week) is that someone is going to make a killer out of it if they get their way. And he just might be one of the guys below.

Five cans to pack with your snacks

Costellore Pinot Grigio Fizz £1.49 (20cl) Aldi, 11.5%. Not the most scintillating wine, but drinkable as long as it’s chilled. Not expensive too.

canned organic white vinca

Vinca Organic White Wine £20 for six (187ml; i.e. £3.33 a can; discounts for larger quantities) vincawine.com, 12.5%. Really attractive, fresh and peach catarrato from Sicily. The red, a mix of frappato and nero d’avola, is also delicious.

Pale rosé Can wine 2021 12.5%

Can Pale Rosé wine 2021 £28.50 for 12 (187ml; £2.37 a can) Amazon, 12.5%. Classic pale Provençal rosé – perfect for picnics.

Malbec Wild Steps

Malbec Wild Stages 2021 £4.30 (250ml) Amps from Oundle, 13%. A very rich and full-bodied Argentinian Malbec that I wouldn’t be inclined to chill.

The Uncommon Elderflower and Cucumber White Wine Spritzer

The Uncommon Elderflower and Cucumber White Wine Spritzer £30 for 8 (250ml; £3.75 a can) wearetheuncommon.co.uk, £4.50 (250ml) Ocado, 5.5%. More on elderflower and cucumber than wine, but refreshing, summery and helpfully low in alcohol.

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