Just because wine comes in a can, it doesn’t mean the contents are of poor quality. While most are nonvintage wines and are labeled only with the state or country of origin, some can be quite good. And there are even some canned wines made from grapes grown in respected appellations and specific vineyards. The following are two very different styles of canned rosé wines that come from designated wine grape-growing regions in California.
Ron Rubin Winery 2018 Russian River Valley Rosé, California Bought • Wine and Cheese Place, 9755 Manchester Road, in July for $7.99
Description • This deep pink, off-dry rosé is labeled with both a vintage and appellation. It was produced by St. Louisan Ron Rubin, who says the year on the label tells consumers that this is the freshest vintage available, which is important in a rosé. Lightly fizzy and very fruity, it’s made from 100 percent pinot noir grapes grown in Sonoma County’s prestigious Russian River Valley. Tasting of juicy strawberries and cherries, this is a lively rosé for those who like their wines a little sweet.
Tangent Winery Rosé Wine,
Edna Valley, California Bought • World Market, 24 Brentwood Promenade Court, in July for sale price of $4.48 ($7.99 regular)
Description • This coral-pink rosé is unusual because it comes from a specific appellation, the Edna Valley in California’s Central Coast, and is a blend of both red and white grapes grown in the winery’s Paragon Vineyard. If you like French rosé from Provence, you might enjoy this dry, spicy wine. It’s made from pinot noir, syrah and grenache combined with the white grapes albariño and viognier. Tangent’s website says it is the first U.S. winery dedicated solely to producing alternative white wines.