10 Canned Wines to Stock for Summer 2019
Wine professionals sample the top canned wines on the market—and weigh in on their favorites
Once considered a fad, canned wines have gained mainstream recognition and sales have soared. According to Nielsen, sales of canned wines in the U.S. increased 77.5 percent to just over $81 million for the 52 weeks ending April 20. Consumers aren’t the only ones interested in canned wines; wine shops are investing in fridges for cans, and beverage directors are incorporating cans into wine programs.
“Customers are now actively seeking out alternative packaging—Tetra Paks, pouches, bags-in-box, and especially cans,” says Aimée Lasseigne New, a wine judge and the assistant manager and senior sales associate at Bottlerocket in Manhattan. Driven by portability, convenience, and sustainability, cans are garnering attention from wine geeks and casual consumers alike.
The team at SevenFifty Daily, including executive editor Jen Laskey, convened a panel of New York wine experts—Lasseigne New; Gabriela Davogustto, the wine director at Clay in Harlem; and Jhonel Faelnar, the wine director at Atomix in the city’s NoMad neighborhood—to sample more than 25 canned wines with the goal of finding the most exciting and well-made options on the market. After tasting cans from around the globe, in an assortment of styles and a range of prices, these were the panel’s top 10 canned wine picks.
This edition of the Nomadica Red Blend is actually not a blend at all but 100 percent Syrah. While the label typically releases a blend for this product, Nomadica’s founder, Emma Toshack, who operates out of Los Angeles, tells SevenFifty Daily that the 2017 vintage of Syrah that Nomadica sourced for this wine “was just so delicious we released it at 100 percent.” Each Nomadica can is designed by a different artist, and each wine is made by a different winemaker; this one is produced by Bob Lindquist, who recently launched Lindquist Family Wines in Arroyo Grande, California, after leaving his position as a partner and the winemaker of Qupé. The wine is characterized by “hints of spice, ripe cherry, and violets—[it’s] pretty and very enjoyable,” says Lasseigne New. “The label is amazing—a rainbow deer.”