Cans: They’re not just for beer anymore. An increasing number of wineries have seen great potential in packaging their wine in aluminum cans, and consumers are drinking it up. Last year, canned wine sales totaled $14.5 million, a substantial increase from $6.4 million in 2015, according to Nielsen reports.
Because of its portable nature, canned vino is ideal for those wishing to have a drink on-the-go, while camping or picnicking, without having to worry about broken glass or remembering a bottle opener. It's a smaller serving size compared to a whole bottle, giving drinkers a bit more flexibility, and tends to be more affordable, since it costs less to package aluminum than glass.
There’s no shortage of places to try wine in a can throughout D.C., including at these restaurants and bars.
Drinking a glass of wine with your pinkie up doesn’t feel appropriate when you're pairing it with a fat, juicy burger. Enter Underwood’s pinot gris and pinot noir ($14). The pinot gris is bright with notes of peach, grapefruit and pear, while the pinot noir tastes of cherries and chocolate. At the Tenleytown location of Burger Tap and Shake, you can also try Sofia Sparkling Blanc de Blanc ($9), a mini can of effervescent champagne from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which even comes with its own straw.
2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-587-6258; 4445 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-524-8868.
This Columbia Heights dive bar is known for its laid-back vibe and can-only beer list. It’s fitting, then, that its wines are also served the same way. Choose from four options: the rosé and pinot noir varieties from Underwood, a chardonnay from House Wine and a champagne from Francis Ford Coppola Winery.
3718 14th St. NW, 202-291-5000.
Spicy noodles and soups pair well with Underwood’s cooling pinot gris ($13). The casual Thai food shop also serves Underwood’s rosé variety ($13), which is particularly sweet with notes of strawberry and melon. The popular rosé tends to sell out, so if you see it on the menu, order it before it’s gone.
1700 New Jersey Ave. NW, 202-791-0592.
Perhaps our favorite packaging of the bunch, Ramona is the most summery of the canned wines we’ve tried. The canned sparkling wine, flavored with natural grapefruit, was developed by a former sommelier at Eleven Madison Park, the three-Michelin star restaurant in New York City. Use it to wash down a steaming pastrami sandwich at this Jewish deli in Chinatown.
740 Sixth St. NW, 202-794-8400.
Last summer, Kingfisher opened with an all-can drink list — including nine varieties of canned wine. “Every bar has to differentiate itself in some way,” general manager Sam Buis says. “We chose that as a kitschy element to separate us.” The basement bar serves three types of Underwood wine, a rosé from Infinite Monkey Theorem, an unoaked chardonnay from Ron Rubin Winery, a moscato from Seven Daughters and a champagne. The best part? Guests receive a free coozie with any purchase.
1414 14th St. NW, 202-750-6600.