In the last several years, more high-quality canned wine has hit store shelves than ever before. We’re living in the midst of a canned-wine revolution, with more and more notable producers realizing the benefits of not just producing a canned wine but a truly premium-quality canned wine.
At the forefront of that trend is Napa Valley’s Sean Larkin, who’s making waves with his Larkan series of white, red and rosé wines, made from sauvignon blanc, merlot and pinot noir, respectively, that come in 375 mL cans (the equivalent of half a standard wine bottle) and recently released 250 mL ones.
Larkin first caused a cabernet franc revolution in Napa in the late 1990s, and he’s now doing the same for the canned wine movement by using premium grapes from top producers.
How good are these wines? Legendary chef Thomas Keller has tapped Larkin to produce special cans for some of his restaurants.
Larkan of course made this list of favorites, joining eight other top canned wines below.
Ava Grace Pinot Grigio ($5 per 375 mL can)
These beautiful cans hold a pinot grigio that’s super crisp and tasty, with a flinty mineral note and great tropical fruit reminiscent of candied peaches. It’s mouth-coating, rich and dangerously easy-drinking.
Larkan 2018 Tin Knocker Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($12 per 375 mL can)
This sauvignon blanc is absolutely riveting upon the first pop of the top, revealing white flowers, lemon and lime zest, and a tremendously rich palate-feel with a whiplash of acidity and loads of drinking pleasure.
Maker ($42-$50 per 6-pack of 250 mL cans)
The single-serve cans come both in packs and as recurring wine club shipments. As far as a canned wine club goes, this is among the best, with modern, sleek packaging and some truly tasty wines. Standouts include a viognier from Campovida in California’s Mendocino County, a chenin blanc by Revolution in Sacramento and a sparkling sauvignon blanc that’s crafted by Bodkin winemaker Chris Christensen.
Rosé All Day with Bubbles ($14 per 4-pack of 250 mL cans)
Delicate bubbles give way to berry flavors of strawberry, raspberry, cherry and watermelon, with candied peach on the finish, in these cans that are indeed perfect for sipping all day.
Sea Pearl 2019 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($9 per 2-pack of 250 mL cans)
All the way from New Zealand, these cans belong in your backpack on long hikes and by your side at the beach. Juicy acidity atop kiwifruit and classic gooseberry notes with lemon and lime zest translate to a zippy refresher perfect for outdoor sipping.
Tangent Rosé ($10 per 375 mL can)
Certified sustainable from the Edna Valley in Southern California, this kitchen-sink blend of albariño, grenache, grüner veltliner, pinot noir, syrah and viognier is rich and full-bodied yet refreshing, with deep red berry fruit flavors.
WineSociety Tempt Premium Red Blend ($12 per 500 mL can)
A blend of syrah, petite syrah and petite verdot, this red wine is super soft and smooth, with plenty of dark berry fruit, plus notes of cocoa and wild smoked herbs. This can holds well over half a bottle’s worth, so it’s sized for sharing.
Tiamo Organic Dry White Spritz ($5 per 250 mL can)
Made with organic grapes from Italy and clocking in at just 5% ABV, this spritz is light, refreshing and zippy, with subtle tropical fruit flavors and white flowers.
Union Wine Co. Underwood Mei Wine ($24 per 4-pack of 12-ounce cans)
Underwood has been making terrific canned wines for years. Its new Mei wine was produced in collaboration with “Top Chef” star Mei Lin, and it's packed with candied pineapple, mango and guava fruit notes, with honeycomb and a gentle fizz on a fairly dry finish. Underwood’s rosé and sparkling rosé wines are equally fantastic.