The Best Canned Wine for Summer

Your new summer drink? Canned wine. Here are some of our favorite options to pair with all of your summer adventures.

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To be honest, it took me a while to get on the canned wine train. Why mess with a good thing? But canned wine is a space of delicious innovation, with preeminent winemakers introducing easy-to-transport, summer-ready drinks. They’re perfect for barbecues, pool days, or camping trips—no cork or glasses required. Plus, they span every need, from celebratory bubbles to reds fit for a steak night.

We evaluated a mix of canned wines through samples, reviews and recommendations to find the perfect fit (and taste) for every summer occasion. Now, who’s ready to find a new favorite?

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Maker Sparkling Rosé Wine

Crisp, refreshing, and bubbly, Maker’s sparkling rosé is a personal favorite. It has light berry notes, is incredibly drinkable and tastes like summer in a can. It comes from a Black-owned winery and is made with fruit from small California farms. Plus, this canned wine is a Gold Medal winner, proving that I’m not the only fan!

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Dark Horse Brut Bubbles

Dark Horse isn’t exactly a dark horse when it comes to canned wine—you’ll see it on plenty of “best of” lists—and the Brut Bubbles is a delightful reminder that you don’t need an excuse to drink bubbles. It’s crisp with hints of apple, and not too sweet.

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Underwood Pinot Gris

Underwood has long been a stalwart in the canned wine game, and it still remains a favorite among connoisseurs and casual drinkers. There are plenty of varietals depending on your preferences—the pinot gris is a popular favorite and comes recommended by Natalie Migliarini of Beautiful Booze. Its stone fruit notes make it an ideal accompaniment to a summer evening.

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Nomadica Red Blend

Nomadica is good wine with a good mission, and the company is helmed by a female sommelier. The wines are sustainably farmed and vegan, and the red blend is a delicious expression of these philosophies at work. It’s led by dark berries, and it’s bright and smooth. Bonus: The art on the cans is collection-worthy.

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House Wine Original Red Blend

House Wine’s premise is simple: It wants to evoke the classic, quaffable table wines of Europe. And it succeeds. It’s unpretentious, very accessible and easy to drink. The red blend is one of the best expressions of this: juicy and fruity. It doesn’t hurt that one can is the equivalent of half a bottle.

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Lyre’s Classico

For when you want the bubbles and floral aromas of sparkling wine without the alcohol. Lyre’s Classico is a non-alcoholic wine driven by notes of apple and stone fruit and can be drunk solo or added to non-alcoholic cocktails for a little extra fizz. It comes recommended by Migliarini.

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Old Westminster Piquette

One of the joys of wine is getting to experience the wide range of options from around the country. The Old Westminster piquette is a zesty, fizzy drink that’s natural and grown in Maryland. It tastes like summer fruit, the kind of refreshment you crave on a summer afternoon. Old Westminster has a wide variety of unique, natural varietals, which come recommended by other wine aficionados.

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Love Red

Love Red from Broc Cellars is a little on the pricey side, but for good reason. Some of the grapes come from old vines, and the fruit is picked early to have a little acidity to balance the dark fruits. It’s a fun wine that does what it’s designed to do: be as drinkable as possible.

Editor’s tip: We recommend lightly chilling this canned wine.

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Eufloria Rosé

Was the can art part of the reason I was drawn to this Eufloria rosé? Yes. (For those wondering, it’s a Washington wine and the can is designed by a Washington artist.) But the wine inside is worth it. It’s fizzy, a little sweet and driven by summer fruits. It’s a rosé wine that tastes as pretty as it looks! For cheaper rosé, these best rosé wine options under $15 will do the trick.

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Cascadian Sparkling Rosé

Shae Frichette, co-owner and co-winemaker at Frichette Winery, recommends Goose Ridge’s canned wines. Summer always demands something sparkling, and Goose Ridge offers two sparkling varieties. The Cascadian sparkling rosé has drawn industry praise. Sweet berry notes are balanced by a zesty hint of lemon. In other words, it’s easy, tasty sipping.

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Lubanzi Chenin Blanc

The Lubanzi chenin blanc is a bright, vibrant drink that feels like it should be paired with a camping trip. It’s driven by peach and melon and has secured high marks from Wine Enthusiast. From South Africa, Lubanzi also donates 50% of profits back to the South Africa families who work on the wine farms. Enjoy it with some of our favorite camping recipes.

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Really Good Boxed Wine Sauvignon Blanc

For when you need something a little more substantial than a can, don’t overlook boxed wine (after all, sommeliers don’t). The sauvignon blanc from Really Good Boxed Wine packs a whopping four bottles into every box and is endorsed by a master sommelier. It’s refreshing and dynamic (I love that sauv blancs often bring a bit of pizzazz), with hints of tropical fruit, including mango.

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Kim Bussing
Kim Bussing is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles. She has written for publications including Reader’s Digest, Modern Farmer, Clean Plates and Vice, among others, and she is working on her first novel. She is always on the hunt for the perfect gluten-free cinnamon roll.