The more I dive into the world of wine, the more I realize not only how cool it is (obviously!) but just how complicated. There are so many choices to be made with each wine. For the winemaker, it starts in the vineyard and extends all the way into how you want to enclose your wine. Union Wine Co. based in Tualatin, Oregon has done something quite daring with their wines, put them in a can! Their Underwood brand (that I talk about here!), is the label chosen for this. I really enjoyed the Pinot Noir in the bottle, and this past week I finally found the canned version of both the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. I snapped them up of course.
Before I talk about this delicious wine, I have to say that it was a very different experience taking my first sip of wine out of a can. As a fan of beverages in a can though (cold beer out of a can is heavenly!), I was very impressed. The Pinot Gris especially was an excellent fit for the can. Each sip of the Gris was crisp and refreshing with flavors of ripe grapefruit and apples. The Pinot Noir was equally delicious. This wine had a bit more body of course, with flavors of cherry and dark berries. There was a hint of smokiness that I loved as well. I remember when I initially tried this Pinot I loved how flavorful it was, yet light bodied. This wine is perfect for any occasion, and would pair great with a wide variety of foods.
I can totally see the benefits of putting wine in a can now that I’ve tried it. You don’t have to worry about breaking any glass, it’s easy to open, and it truly tasted the same as in the bottle. One benefit of bottles and corks is the aging potential for a wine, and with this kind of enclosure you lose some of that. With that being said, these wines are ready to drink now! These are meant to be delicious, fresh, and food friendly wines that are ready to sip on. The cans are the perfect choice really! Each can holds half a bottle, which is a nice amount too. I picked these up (finally!!) at my local grocery store for about $6. You can order from their website as well in 6 packs, which is pretty cool.
I highly recommend this wine as a daily drinker. Both varietals were balanced, and very enjoyable. I know I can’t wait to stock up!