Four Canned Wines for Autumn Fun

With the rise of cans it's easier than ever to take your vino on the go. From tailgating to apple picking, here are four fall activities and wines for each.
From left to right; Old Westminster Carbonic, Bridge Lane's white Merlot, Ferdinand’s California Albariño and The Great Oregon Wine Co.’s Pinot Noir / Photo by Tom Bryan Arena

Foliage, football games, orchard visits and even sweaters: The most fun of the fall involves getting outside to actively revel in the changing weather. Fortunately, the rise of alternative packaging now makes it easier to enjoy wine while you tick off that to-do list of cool-air activities. Here are four favorite ways to embrace the season, and the convenient canned wines that best complement them.


Pick a sport—baseball, football, field hockey, roller derby—set up in the parking lot and pop open an Old Westminster Carbonic. Fermented with wild yeast and canned without fining or filtering, this 100% Maryland-grown Cab Franc is medium bodied, vibrant and just plain game-changing. Plus, it’s great with trunk-side barbecue or on its own to celebrate team victories.


While the little ghouls and goblins make their rounds, treat yourself to white Merlot from Long Island’s Bridge Lane, an offshoot of Lieb Cellars. As surprising as some of the costumes that’ll cross your doorstep, this doesn’t see any skin contact, and, unlike the pink stuff from other white Merlots, is straightforward yet expressive, with a wet stone aroma, lemon flavor and lots of lively acidity.

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Whether you’re wagoning around a fall fest or trolling the local pumpkin patch, a cruise through crisp air deserves to be paired with a crisp beverage. Ferdinand’s California Albariño is a perfect match for this situation. It’s whole-cluster pressed and spends eight months on lees, which results in a savory wine full of quince and lemongrass that offers a nice salinity on the finish.

Apple Picking

Skip cider and tote around The Great Oregon Wine Co.’s Pinot Noir. Earthy and juicy in red cherry character, this is slightly smoky, silky in feel and sports a light-to-medium body—totally gluggable, to put it plainly. It’s just right for your trek through the orchard and complementary to the flavorful, just-picked fruit you’ll be nibbling.

Published on September 13, 2018
Topics: Wine and Ratings
About the Author
Sarah E. Daniels
Associate Editor

Daniels is the former Dining Editor at Hudson Valley magazine who has also written and edited for web-based publications such as Food52 and The Kitchn, and has assisted in food styling and recipe testing for an assortment of cookbooks. Prior to her career in culinary-related media, Daniels spent years as a pastry chef at venues throughout upstate New York and completed the Longhouse Food Scholars program. She has a soft spot for quiche and hiking trails with footbridges, and would be hard-pressed to turn down a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
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