I have an affinity for wine in cans. I’m not sure if it’s just the fact that I’ve had a lot of great stuff from cans or that my truest self is a casual, porch-sitting midwesterner who loves to crack a cold can of something. Either way, I have had A LOT of good stuff from cans lately, here are several of my favorites (all from Field Recordings, might I add).
I only heard about Hans Grüner recently via Field Recordings’ Instagram. I was super pissed because I saw that it was released in L.A. just after I left. I sent an urgent text to my friend, Ursula saying “TRY THIS! FOR ME!” However, my wine guy told me they would be carrying it at Underdog shortly so I was thrilled and realized my hyperbolic reaction was a little premature. It’s kind of hard to smell wine out of a can, so I’m just going to skip that. (I know I could pour it into a glass but doesn’t that defeat the purpose?) It tastes like hay and Pamplemousse La Croix (my favorite flavor if you were wondering). I haven’t actually tasted hay, but I’ve been on a farm once or twice, so I feel like I get the gist. The thing I love about Grüner Veltliners is that they almost have the mouthfeel of a red in terms of density and richness. It kind of freaked me out with my first one but I grew to really love it. This Grüner hits it out of the park. Also, the packaging is amazing, and that’ll convince me to buy anything.
Edit: I let my husband try this and in his words “huh, this is really good and I don’t even like white wine.” Way to go, Hans Grüner!
The Methodé Aluminum is 100% Chardonnay, which I did not realize upon buying. I knew it was sparkling and had sweet minimalist packaging but that was about it. I have to admit, I’m not the biggest Chardonnay fan. It’s not Chardonnay’s fault, I’m sure it’s great, but I used to have this awful boss who was a misogynistic piece of shit (I could tell you stories for days) and he always gave us Chardonnay for holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I drank it because I was broke and it was wine, but it tasted like buttery white male privilege. So unfortunately that’s my main association with Chardonnay. I’m happy to report that the Methodé Aluminum has no notes of butter or white male privilege. In fact, it’s not buttery at all which is the thing I like least about Chardonnay. This wine is crisp yet rich. It has so much depth to it. It’s interesting to have a heavier-bodied white like Chardonnay in sparkling form. It’s incredibly herbaceous, like the herb garden I always tell myself I’m going to plant each summer but don’t. Maybe this year…
Alloy Wine Works Pinot Noir
Step one: chill that shit. I find it super weird to drink a can of something that isn’t cold (or at least cool) so I prefer lighter-bodied reds in cans because they taste great chilled. I’m pairing this wine with the new Jill Soloway show, “I Love Dick” on Amazon. Both are so fucking good. Have you watched Transparent yet? If not, stop what you’re doing and watch it immediately. Jill Soloway is the shit. So is this wine. It’s bright and tart and just a little bit sour, but in the best way-- like candy.
I would really like to drink this wine in Marfa, Texas, which is where I Love Dick is set and looks fucking incredible. My friend Rachel lives just outside of Austin and we are working on planning a Marfa trip. I want to bring a whole case of this Pinot Noir and sit on the deck of a sweet Airbnb in the desert and just drink and chill and listen to desert sounds. Idk what are you supposed to do in the desert?
I like everything about this wine, especially the fact that it comes in a tallboy. Tallboys just make me really nostalgic for college when I would buy PBR tallboys and drink them with my friends, staying up till two or three and rolling into French class late in the morning. It was always worth it. I wish I’d had this wine in college. I had a sweet studio just off campus with the perfect deck. My boyfriend (now husband) hated that apartment because it was loud and small, but it was pretty perfect for just me. I could totally see myself porch-sitting, listening to NPR and drinking this wine at 1201 Oread.
So the verdict on wine in cans: keep it coming! Don't get me wrong, they make shitty wine in cans but you can find great stuff from smaller winemakers at your local wine shop. Also, I suggest going with a white, rosé or a light-bodied red so you can chill it. I plan to be porch-sitting and cracking cold ones all summer.