Variety: Pinot Grigio
Cost: $13 (SRP for a 4 pack of cans)
Winemaker’s Notes: Fresh fruit aromas of pears, white peach, and citrus. Well balanced with a zesty acidity. Enjoy with friends while lounging pool-side or over light hors d’oeuvres, salads, and simple pastas.
My Review: I like canned wine; it’s perfect for taking on the road, enjoying on the water, at the pool, or even for picnics if you don’t want to have to worry about carrying a corkscrew. It’s also great for when you only want a little wine and don’t want to open a whole bottle, the same reason I enjoy boxed wine.
All that being said, I wanted to like the Stella Pinot Grigio; the packaging was bright and happy, perfect for a picnic or other summer activity. But it just didn’t quite deliver. So what happened?
Since the wine was sent to me in a can I decided not to pour it into a glass so as to enjoy it as I would were I to be drinking it anywhere but my home. On the nose I picked up pears and citrus, but it was in the mouth that the wine sorta lost me. There were citrus notes, but they were pithy, like someone had done a poor job of slicing a lemon or lime.
There was a roundness to the wine that I also found a bit off. I imagine this wine being enjoyed on a hot day outside, and while the roundness does make it more food-friendly, it pulled away from being casually sippable like I wanted from a wine in this packaging.
For $13 it’s not a bad price for 4 cans of wine, but I think I wanted more from this wine than it was ready to deliver. That being said, I’m not ready to give up on canned wine, and you shouldn’t either.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.