12 Small Wine Bottles To Keep All To Yourself

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Standard 750ml bottles of wine contain five glasses, which is great for a crowd. But what if you’re drinking alone and only craving one glass? Sure, an open bottle might stay in good condition for a few days, but who wants to gamble wasting precious juice? Small wine bottles give you the chance to mix and match your pours, limit your intake or have something special all to yourself.

And, thanks to the growing popularity of small-format bottles of wine, the volume-conscious wine drinker can enjoy their favorite bottles without the fear of wasting a drop. Whether in splits, half bottles or even cans, wine lovers can enjoy everything from the classics like Napa Cabernet, Sonoma Chardonnay, Champagne and Port or juicy rosé, zesty Sauvignon Blanc and crushable light-bodied red wines.

Here are 12 single serve wines for your weekday drinking pleasure.

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Château Lamartine 2016 Cahors; $11/375ml, Wine.com. A small proportion of this wine was lightly aged in wood. But black fruits are the essence… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Dark Horse NV Pinot Noir (California); $5/375ml, Wine-searcher.  Generous blackberry and cocoa flavors fill up this full-bodied wine in a can… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Dow’s 2017 Vintage Port; $55/375ml, Wine.com.  This is a dry while also floral wine, perfumed and enticing with its juicy acidity… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Duckhorn 2018 Merlot (Carneros); $28/375ml, Wine.com.  Made in a burly, substantial style, this red is big in savory character and blue fruit… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Firehouse Can Company NV Graham+Fisk’s Wine in a Can with Bubbles (California); $4/250ml, Wine-searcher.  This soft, off-dry wine offers a foamy texture filled with light vanilla, coconut and almond flavors… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Inglenook 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford); $46/375ml, Vivino.  Soft and round, with an undeniable Old World-like balance, this wine shows dark chocolate, tobacco and tar notes… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

La Crema 2019 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast); $16/375ml, Gary’s Wine.  This wine is succulent on the palate and approachable in its medium-bodied ripeness and acidity… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Louis Jadot 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin; $38/375ml, Zachys.com. Whispers of roasted black plum and tobacco leaf introduce this robust and concentrated yet briskly balanced red… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Maker 2020 Ser Winery Rosé of Grenache (Monterey); $8/250ml, Wine-searcher. A very light shade of pink, this canned rosé begins with rose petal and plaster of Paris aromas… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Ruinart NV Brut Rosé (Champagne); $45/375ml, Wine.com.  In the generous style that is Ruinart, the wine is full with red fruits that are mouthfilling and rich… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

We Recommend:

Sans Wine Co. 2020 Poor Ranch Vineyards Coyote Rock Carbonic Carignan (Mendocino); $10/375ml, Wine-searcher. A strong earthy, grapey aroma leads to gutsy blackberry flavors in this full-bodied and slightly tannic natural-style wine… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Whitehaven 2020 Winemaker’s Select Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough); $13/375ml, Wine.com.  This wine offers the classic pungency of the Marlborough style… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Published on February 4, 2022
Topics: Buying Guide