Battle of the Cans: Foxie and Fiction


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Foxie is the amazing collaboration from two of my favorite winemakers, Andrew Jones of Field Recordings and Josh Rosenstein of Hoxie Spritzer. This particular spritzer is made with Chardonnay, citra hops and sour cherry essence. The Chardonnay is full bodied but the hops and sour cherries brighten it up and make it feel energetic. It is fruity without being sweet, like a La Croix. Spritzers are perfect for when you want to keep your wits about you since they are lower in alcohol than straight wine. I had a friend over last night and between him, my husband and I we had like 4 bottles of wine so I am not in the mood to get crazy tonight and a spritzer is perfect. In fact, I’m pairing this with Broad City, which I have been watching in my sweats all day-- it’s a great combination. This can reminds me of the pool. It is the best shade of light blue and would be so perfect to sip poolside. I am a professional pool-drinker and one mistake I notice novices often making is choosing a beverage with a high ABV. You don’t want anything with too much alcohol because the sun and heat can deplete your energy real fast and leave you wasted by 3:00 p.m. This is why spritzers are the perfect pool drink. I either make my own or bring Hoxie with me, but now I am dying to take this Foxie to the pool before pool season officially ends.

Fiction Red

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If you read my blog religiously, well, then you’re probably my mom (hi, Mom!) But seriously, if you read my blog regularly you might be like, “Sarah, wtf? You reviewed Fiction Red a few months ago and P.S. you talk about it all the damn time!” All true. But guess what, I’ve never had Fiction Red in a can! Cans totally change the way a wine tastes so I thought it was fair to give Fiction Red in a can its own review. Here’s the story I tell again and again about Fiction Red (sorry if you’ve heard it one million times already) it was my introduction to good wine about three years ago. I have since fallen in love with everything under the Field Recordings umbrella but I still keep coming back to this solid red blend. Speaking of blends, it is a crazy blend of a bunch of stuff including Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Viognier. I like chilling this wine because as I’ve mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of non-chilled wine in cans and I’m also a fan of chilled reds. This wine is bold and tastes of boysenberry jam on biscuits hot out of the oven. There is also a hint of tobacco on the palate. I hung out with a lot of poets in college and one was super into smoking tobacco from a pipe. This tastes the way that smelled (minus the pretentious tude).

Hoxie Spritzer

I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am that Hoxie Spritzer is now available in Kansas City. I heard tons about Hoxie via wine blogs and Instagram for like TWO YEARS before I was finally able to try it in L.A. in April. It did not disappoint, in fact, I crushed a four pack in 24 hours. I posted a short review of the Lemon Ginger Rosé when I first started my blog, so you can go back and read my thoughts if you want, or you can just read this. I love Hoxie for a lot of reasons. First of all, they use simple ingredients. I am not down with additives and junk in food or beverages. You can list the ingredients of the spritzers on one hand, which I dig. Secondly, they are super active and fun on social media-- seriously, follow their Instagram and you will not be let down. Third, they are made with grapes from Missouri. Sure I’m a Kansan, but I’m not one of those Missouri-hating Kansans. I spend the majority of my time in Missouri after all and it’s great to see that state’s grapes getting some love. Finally, it’s just good stuff! I love a wine spritzer, but I don’t always have the stuff on hand to make one (sure, I always have La Croix, but the fruit in my fridge is usually rotting) so it’s nice to have someone do all of the work for me. I purchased both the Lemon Ginger Rosé and the Lemon Linden Blanc and my thoughts on each are below.

 Lemon Ginger Rosé

 I’ve said before that it’s difficult to smell wine out of a can. Not so with Hoxie. The fruit, herbal and floral notes of citrus, ginger and orange blossoms waft easily out of the can just as they might out of a glass. It smells just like this amazing ginger soda that I had in Uganda in 2008. I can’t remember the name of it but it was so spicy and delicious and you could tell it was made with real ginger rather than imitation crap and it was just so good. Same with the Hoxie, the ginger is legit, no notes of imitation crap. On the palate the ginger and lemon hit hard in the best way. It tastes like an alcoholic La Croix, which in my opinion, is the only way La Croix could be improved upon. The Rosé is made of Catawba and St. Vincent grapes, two varietals I am pretty unfamiliar with but am loving. This spritzer should be sipped (or pounded, I don’t judge) at the pool or the beach for sure. It is absolutely the perfect summertime beverage. 

Lemon Linden Blanc

 I did something stupid and just put some rose-scented body oil on (because I’m peeling from the worst sunburn) and now all I can smell while I try to sniff the Hoxie Blanc is rose. Rookie mistake. In addition to rose almond oil, I smell notes of lemongrass. It’s super light and lovely on the palate, tasting like lemon La Croix (sorry, I’ll try to stop with the La Croix comparisons eventually), grapefruit and pineapple. The Blanc is made with a blend of Catawba and Vidal Blanc which are both grown in the midwest as well as the Finger Lakes region in New York state and in North Carolina. I have traditionally been hard on local varietals because most of the local wine I’ve had has been cloyingly sweet. This couldn’t be further from my notion of a Midwestern wine-- it is super crisp and dry. It is the perfect wine to sip while you read on your back porch in the mid-summer, when it’s still light until 9 and cools off just slightly when the sun goes down. Pair it with some feminist poetry like Nayyirah Waheed and you’ll thank me.

Pick up your Hoxie at Underdog if you're in KC or online if you're not in an area where Hoxie is available. Then proceed straight to your local pool or beach and pound that shit. At least that's what I plan to be doing all weekend (re: summer).