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Canned Wines For Tailgate Glory

Whether you cheer for the Giants or Cowboys, or deck out in Tennessee Orange vs Carolina Blue, there is one thing we can all agree on: Tailgating is an American pastime. Seriously, what’s more American than standing in a crowded parking lot with other grown-ass adults, chugging beer, and binge-eating hot dogs for breakfast?
 
Like a camping trip, there is real strategy when it comes to selecting the proper tailgate beverages. It comes down to two key traits: portability and chuggability. Thankfully, the wine industry is listening.

Slowly but surely, producers have been pumping out canned wines of increasing quality. We’re not talking about canned wines that happen to be good—no no no—we’re talking about good wines that happen to be canned.

This week, we showed college kids our inner Frank the Tank. So step aside Natty Light and White Claw…we’re classing it up a bit with these canned bevvies. Here are 6 Canned Wines For A Superior Vinohead Tailgate.

WHAT WE'RE DRINKING
      01 
2020 Las Jaras Waves Rose
Rosé from Mendocino County, CA 🇺🇸
$12.00 per can (375ml)

Go for the label, stay for the wine. Las Jaras, the label behind comedian and extreme Vinohead Eric Wareheim is the epitome of good celebrity wine. Light and refreshing, his Waves Rosé is perfect for a long day of drinking. Bold fruit notes of ripe red berries, plum, and citrus dominate, balanced by an earthy minerality. This wine is as hypnotizing as those colorful, metallic waves.

   www.lasjaraswines.com
      02 
2018 Brick + Mortar Rouge
Red Blend from California 🇺🇸
$6.00 per can (375ml)

What about those cool autumn afternoons when you’re craving a glass (er…can) of red to pack a little punch? This California red blend from Brick + Mortar has a fleshy body, supple tannins, and fresh acidity. A fruity core of raspberry, rhubarb, cherry, and blackberry is complemented by bay leaf, black pepper, juniper, and leather. This quaffable red is great room temp or chilled.

www.brickandmortarwines.com
      03 
2020 Anjos Vinho Verde DOC
White Blend from Vinho Verde, Portugal 🇵🇹
$4.00 per can (250ml)

Still feeling the heat in mid-October? This light & zippy Vinho Verde is the ideal wine for a hot game day. It’s slightly effervescent, which provides a refreshing tingle on the tongue. Tart citrus notes are layered with peach, pear, and a hint of white blossom. At only 9.5% ABV, these go down real smooth. It’s basically the spiked seltzer of the wine world.  

     www.winelibrary.com
      04 
Scarpetta Frico Lambrusco
Grasparossa from Emilia-Romagna, Italy 🇮🇹
$4.00 per can (250 ml)

Tailgating is all about fun. And Lambrusco is the ultimate 'fun guy' in every setting. Scarpetta’s version of this famous Italian sparkling red has a soft body with a velvety mousse, and the slightest touch of sweetness. The bright acidity highlights the juicy pomegranate, blueberry, plum, and violet flavors. At $4 per can, this is an absolute steal.  

    www.bottlerocket.com
      05 
2020 Maker Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma, CA 🇺🇸
$48 per 6-pack (250ml)

It’s not every day you find sparkling Sauvy B, which is a shame. Minority-owned Bodkin proves that when done correctly, it’s daaamn good. The light body is elevated by tangy acidity and lively bubbles, while the palate bursts with lime zest, grapefruit, gooseberry, passionfruit and Sauv Blanc’s classic ‘green’ grassy and herbal notes. Keep these bad boys hidden. Your beer-guzzling friends will definitely ask to share.

     www.makerwine.com
      06 
Lubanzi Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc from South Africa 🇿🇦
$30.00 per 4-pack (375ml)

This may be one of the most elegant canned wines out there. Its silky, smooth body is brightened with Chenin Blanc’s famed mouthwatering acidity. The first sip reveals granny smith apple, lemon zest, and white peach, followed by an earthy, honeyed quality and a flinty mineral finish. Perfect for pairing with buffalo chicken dip and wings. It's a highlight reel in a can.

    www.lubanziwines.com
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IF YOU DON'T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW


Rumor has it that modern tailgating began in 1869 at a college football game between Rutgers and Princeton. However, like sporting events themselves, tailgating might have earlier and more questionable origins. During the Battle of Bull Run in 1861, Union supporters from DC brought food and shouts of “Go Big Blue!” to watch the opening battle of the Civil War, setting the stage for southern and northern rivalries. Not exactly the same as parading around wearing cheese wedges and viking horns.
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