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Nice Wine In A Can: Sainsbury’s Joins UK’s Canned Wine Trend

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Last month, Sainsbury’s jumped on board the UK’s canned wine trend, stocking this cute-looking Nice wine in a can. The postie brought me a sample of the pale rosé to try, while a Sauvignon Blanc is also available.

As you can see in the pic above, the blurb on the “nice” presentation box says “glasses are now optional”. Well, I guess they always have been optional for those willing to drink straight out of a bottle. However, I can’t think of any occasion when I’d actively choose to drink out of a can, rather than a glass.

The thing is… wine from a glass is SO superior to canned wine that it might as well be a different drink. Which begs the question: will there ever be a time when you need wine so badly that you have to drink it out of a can? Because other drinks just suit disposable formats better. Beer from a bottle, for example, it perfectly palatable; as are those pink-gin and tonics you get from Marks & Spencer.

Still, there’s my rant about drinking out of cans out the way. But what’s the wine inside these ones actually like? It’s actually not bad at all.

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The Taste

This Nice rosé, sourced from prime rosé country in southern France, pours out a slightly darker shade of salmon pink than the colour on the side of the can. I tried it from the can initially but, of course, I also poured some into a glass because, let’s face it, the only aroma you get wafting from a canned wine is essence of aluminium.

Released into its natural habitat (a glass), the Nice wine is a completely different beast. It smells pleasant and summery, of strawberry and peach, with a bit of grassyness and a very refreshing acidity. From the can, it’s noticeably more metallic and astringent tasting, while of course you can’t smell any of the fruit.

So, while I wouldn’t opt for a can of this while I was out and about, I’d be happy to keep a few in the fridge for those occasions when you just want one glass. I can’t vouch for the Sauv Blanc variety, but going on past experience, rosé works better than white from a can anyway, because of its sweeter flavour.

The cans are also recyclable, while they chill super fast. I reckon they’ll be a hit on this summer’s festival scene.

3 NINJA STARS

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Nice wine in a can is available now at Sainsbury’s for £3 a can

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