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We’re not wine snobs here, which is why we’re fully on board with the canned wine trend. They’re portable, easy to recycle and safe to sip poolside (without risk of broken glass). Not to mention some of the latest brands to hit the market are offering seriously great vino in those 250- to 375-mL containers. After sampling 20+ types of canned wine on the market—yeah, they call this work, and yeah, we’re hiring—here’s what we’re deeming the best canned wine of 2022 (so far).

The Best Canned Wine, at a Glance:

Scroll down for in-depth reviews of each.

How We Arrived at Our Scores:

The PureWow100 calls for a 100-point scale, but Wine Spectator we are not. In our world, The Perfect Wine would score top marks for its value (because we’ve got bills to pay), overall quality (which encompasses everything from the packaging to the terroir to “uh, does this taste like they mixed the dregs of stale box wines with some Juicy Juice?”), aroma, flavor (one-note wines need not apply) and finish.

The Best Canned Wine You Can Buy Right Now:

Underwood/Union Wine Co.

1. Underwood

Best Overall
  • Value: 20/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Aroma: 19/20
  • Flavor: 19/20
  • Finish: 18/20

TOTAL: 94/100

When it comes to choosing crowd-pleasing wines, look no further than Underwood. Whether you’re into a crisp bubbly, a juicy rosé or a smoky Pinot Noir, you’ll find it here. The flavors are bold but not overwhelming; the kind of drink that’s memorable yet has a clean finish, so you don’t feel the need to brush your teeth 20 minutes after your final sip. (The Pinot Noir does have a lingering, leathery aftertaste—but we weren’t mad about it.)

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Maker

2. Maker

Best Variety
  • Value: 17/20
  • Quality: 20/20
  • Aroma: 19/20
  • Flavor: 19/20
  • Finish: 18/20

TOTAL: 93/100

If you’re headed to your friend’s pool party and she’s, ahem, incredibly discerning about wine—to put it politely—Maker’s Best-Sellers Mixed Pack is the vino to bring. The women-owned brand works with small wineries to feature varieties you won’t find at your local liquor store. Each can tells the maker’s story, along with tasting notes to guide you through each sip. This pack features two cans of Pinot Noir, Verdelho and Sparkling Rosé. The flavors are dry, vegan-friendly and well-balanced. Even your pickiest friend won’t be able to resist ‘em.

BUY IT ($54 for 6 cans)

House Wine

3. House Wine Original Red Blend

Best Red Wine
  • Value: 18/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Aroma: 18/20
  • Flavor: 19/20
  • Finish: 19/20

TOTAL: 92/100

There’s no pretension when you’re drinking House Wine—and we love them for it. There’s a juicy, jammy flavor to this red blend (which is 40 percent merlot, 40 percent cabernet sauvignon and 20 percent Syrah) that gives way to a mouth-clearing dry finish. It’s a bold, medium-bodied blend that’s so easy to sip, you’ll want to keep it on hand at all times.

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4. Maker 2020 Pinot Noir

Best Dry Red Wine
  • Value: 15/20
  • Quality: 20/20
  • Aroma: 18/20
  • Flavor: 19/20
  • Finish: 16/20

TOTAL: 89/100

At least something good came out of 2020. Maker’s Pinot Noir sold out faster than any of its other wines, and after a sip, we see why: It’s fruit-forward but has an acidic bite at the end, making for an edgy drink you’ll enjoy savoring on its own. Preferably in front of a roaring fire (or beach bonfire).

BUY IT ($66 FOR 6 CANS)

Michael David Winery

5. Michael David Winery Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Bold Red Wine
  • Value: 18/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Aroma: 17/20
  • Flavor: 19/20
  • Finish: 18/20

TOTAL: 90/100

Raspberry, cacao nib, peppery spice—this medium-bodied wine takes you on a journey. The range of flavors live up to its over-the-top, “freakshow” branding, which is what makes it so intriguing. It’s the kind of red that can warm you up on a chilly night, with a lingering, oaky finish you’ll be thinking about well after the can’s been emptied.

BUY IT ($17 FOR 4 CANS)

6. Empathy Rosé & Bubbles

Best Sparkling Rosé
  • Value: 19/20
  • Quality: 19/20
  • Aroma: 18/20
  • Flavor: 18/20
  • Finish: 20/20

TOTAL: 94/100

Some sparkling rosés are so carbonated they might as well be deemed bubbly, because there isn’t any real flavor beyond that. Not so with Empathy Rosé & Bubbles*—there’s a mellow, watermelon-like flavor at first that gives way to a gentle effervescence and crisp finish. It’s the type of drink that’s made for cookouts: It cuts through the grease of mayo-based and buttery sides and can hold its own against grilled meat and veggies.

BUY IT ($75 FOR 12 CANS)

*Full disclosure: Empathy was once owned by Gary Vaynerchuk, who owns our parent company, Gallery Media Group. Gary is not involved with this review, however.

House Wine

7. House Wine Rosé

Best Sweet Rosé
  • Value: 17/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Aroma: 17/20
  • Flavor: 19/20
  • Finish: 19/20

TOTAL: 90/100

Canned rosé tends to be on the drier side, so if you’re looking for a sweet (but not cloying) option, reach for House Wine. It’s a bright, fruity drink that’s ideal for pairing with charcuterie boards and, well, anything you’d serve at a picnic. It’s basically a spring day in a can, with faint, floral notes and a clean, crisp finish.

BUY IT ($9/CAN)

Licence IV

8. Licence IV Le Rosé

Best Dry Rosé
  • Value: 18/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Aroma: 17/20
  • Flavor: 17/20
  • Finish: 17/20

TOTAL: 87/100

Dubbed a “polite drink” by our tasters, Le Rosé is light all around, from its aroma to its finish. The strawberry and grapefruit notes are mellow and balanced, resulting in a clean drink that’s more like boozy spa water than slap-in-the-face strong. It’s dry, but not so much that you’re reaching for a glass of water after every sip.

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Underwood/Union Wine Co.

9. Underwood Pinot Gris

Best White Wine
  • Value: 20/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Aroma: 18/20
  • Flavor: 19/20
  • Finish: 19/20

TOTAL: 94/100

Again, the crowd-pleaser award goes to Underwood. This lighter-body wine is a total porch pounder, veering on the drier side but not parchingly so. The pear and apple notes shine through, making for a refreshing Happy Hour drink.

BUY IT ($8/CAN)

Archer Roose

10. Archer Roose Sauvignon Blanc

Best Dry White Wine
  • Value: 19/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Aroma: 18/20
  • Flavor: 19/20
  • Finish: 19/20

TOTAL: 93/100

Just because Archer Roose’s ads are lighthearted doesn’t mean the brand isn’t serious about vino. Its Sauvignon Blanc can hold its own against high-end bottles, with citrus-meets-bell-pepper notes, dry taste and shimmering minerality. It’s excellent paired with seafood or Mediterranean dishes (it can really hold its own against salty feta and olives and garlicky shrimp, in particular).

BUY IT ($59 FOR 12 CANS)

Simply Cutrer

11. Simply Cutrer Chardonnay

Best Full-Bodied White Wine
  • Value: 19/20
  • Quality: 19/20
  • Aroma: 17/20
  • Flavor: 19/20
  • Finish: 19/20

TOTAL: 93/100

Chardonnay is typically described as buttery or oaky, and while Simply Cutrer delivers on those fronts, it’s so much more than that. This robust Chard features notes of tropical fruit, citrus and, surprisingly, toasted nuts, which make you savor every sip. Oh, and don’t even get us started on that long-lasting finish. *chef’s kiss*

BUY IT ($25 FOR FOUR CANS)

Grounded Wine Co.

12. Space Age Meyer Lemon Strawberry Rosé Wine Spritz

Best Fruity Spritz
  • Value: 19/20
  • Quality: 17/20
  • Aroma: 18/20
  • Flavor: 18/20
  • Finish: 18/20

TOTAL: 90/100

Imagine strawberry lemonade, only cut with seltzer to keep it from tasting too bitter or too sweet…and make it boozy. That’s what you get with Space Age’s Meyer Lemon Strawberry Rosé Wine Spritz, which has 5.5 percent ABV and a brut finish.

BUY IT ($14 FOR 4 CANS)

Yes Way Rosé

13. Yes Way Rosé Blueberry + Lavender Spritz

Best Floral Spritz
  • Value: 19/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Aroma: 20/20
  • Flavor: 18/20
  • Finish: 19/20

TOTAL: 94/100

Just because you’re drinking a spritz doesn’t mean it should taste like a spiked juice box. Yes Way Rosé’s spritzes are well-balanced, and its latest offering—launching March 23—is arguably its most elevated take yet. There’s a light blueberry flavor, yet the floral-meets-herbal notes of the lavender keep it from tasting too sweet or too tart.

BUY IT ($13 FOR 4 CANS)

Babe

14. Babe100

Best Low-Calorie Canned Wine
  • Value: 19/20
  • Quality: 17/20
  • Aroma: 17/20
  • Flavor: 16/20
  • Finish: 18/20

TOTAL: 87/100

If you’re watching your cals, Babe100 is about to be your new go-to. Each 8.4-ounce can boasts—you guessed it—100 calories. As a result, the vino has a much lower ABV (6.9 percent, whereas most cans hovered between 12 and 13 percent), but the bold, bubbly flavors will keep you from missing the booze. The variety pack features red, white and rosé, all sparkling, in case you want to mix things up.

BUY IT ($14 FOR 4 CANS)

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Avaline

15. Avaline Rosé and White Wine

Best Palate Cleanser

  • Value: 18/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Aroma: 19/20
  • Flavor: 19/20
  • Finish: 19/20

TOTAL: 93/100

Even the heaviest, sauciest dinners are no match for Avaline’s clean, dry rosé and white wine. Both varieties are light and refreshing, with a crisp acidity that cleanses your palate, so you’re not reaching for a toothbrush 10 minutes after downing that baked feta pasta. Made from organic grapes, the wine is vegan friendly, and it’s free from added sugar and artificial coloring. Grab a 12-pack, and your alfresco dinners will never be the same.

BUY IT ($84 for 12 CANS)

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