Canned Wine?


Fiction Red Wine by Field Recordings

"Heady aromas of blueberry pie, luxurious suede couches, ham paninis and unlit menthol cigarettes. Firm tannins anchor flavors of grilled meats, cherry cola, sweet carob and black licorice chews, all cased up together conveniently in a cigar humidor."

Vintage: 2013

Varietals: 31% Zin, 26% Tempranillo, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 8% Touriga Nacional

Alcohol: 14.9%

Region: Paso Robles, CA

I was given this wine by my dear friend Jen of Field Recordings. They recently canned their Fiction Red Blend in October and it has experienced great success and acceptance with consumers. Although some may cringe at the idea of wine in a can, canned wine is becoming popularized and more accepted. It's a super convenient way to enjoy wine at music festivals, movie theaters, camping, boating, picnics, golf, and much more. This renaissance of wine packaging just goes to show that consumers are becoming more open minded in how their wine is presented to them. The millenial generation is largely responsible for this shift in the world of wine and this now allows winemakers and wineries more room to play with. 

My thoughts on this wine...

I first tried it chilled in the can and WOW I was impressed. The wine didn't have any kind of aluminum taste to it that some may expect. It was light, balanced, and easy to drink. I mean like dangerously easy to gulp down good...WARNING: You have to be careful with this one, it's easily chuggable and the can form fools you from remembering there's actually alcohol in there. Also, I liked that it wasn't overly fruity or sweet. This wine has medium acidity, some nice oak influence, and a beautiful magenta hue to it. I couldn't really pick up the nuances to it while in the can but when I tasted it from a glass I got aromas of blackberry, strawberry jam, dark chocolate, a subtle hint of menthol, and black licorice tipping into root beer territory. On the palate I tasted oak, Chinese beef (minus the broccoli), and baked berries.

Good job Field Recordings you did a fine job executing wine in a can. I recommend everyone give this canned wine a try. I don't think you will be disappointed. Until next time...Cheers!