Like boxed wine, canned wine is looked down upon by wine snobs, but that shouldn't stop us regular folks from enjoying it. Canned wine is actually a much more convenient option for all your outdoor drinking than bottled, or even boxed, wine.
What Makes Canned Wine Great
- Easier to carry: Cans, especially aluminium ones, are much lighter than glass so they're better for taking on a hike or to a picnic. They also stack more easily in a bag or cooler than bottled or boxed wine. And you'll appreciate their lack of heft when you go to take out the recycling.
- Stays cool longer: The metal of the can cools the wine down faster, which is great if you're tossing a six-pack in a communal cooler when you get to the barbecue. Refrigerate the wine before heading out, and the can will keep the vino cold for even longer.
- Doesn't break: Cans obviate the risk of broken glass, which is dangerous and can also get you in hot water with authorities that patrol beaches and parks.
- Bring as much as you want: With a bottle of wine, you're stuck hauling the whole bottle even though you might not end up drinking it all. (I know, I know, there's no such thing as too much wine, but still.)
What's Less Than Ideal About Canned Wine
- Price: Barokes Wines' Mixed Premium Range Case containing 24 250mL cans will run you $64.70. That works out to be around $2.70 per can. A standard bottle of wine is 750mL, so three cans is about that amount for $8.10. But that also assumes you have $65 to drop on the equivalent of eight bottles of wine. Personally, I tend not to spend more than $15 on a bottle of wine because I really just want something inexpensive and decent tasting. So for me, most canned wines are more than I would spend if I want a drink. If you tend to spend a little more than I do on wine, than canned wine is a fine deal for your money.
- Consistent availability: Your canned wine options may vary by store and where you live. If you live in a place known for wine, you might find local canned wine brands in more stores. However, you can always order online. The most prominent brand of Australian canned wine is Barokes Wines, who pioneered and patented the technology to can wine.
- Variety: I went to a few large chain stores to see what was available and had about five brands to choose from between the three stores. Your local grocery and liquors stores may have more options, but your choices are going to be limited.
These aren't many canned wine options out there, so have a look around and see what's on offer. And be sure to tell us about them in the comments.