Fourth of July cookouts and picnics are perfect opportunities to celebrate Independence Day with chilled American wines that are available in cans. These wines are easy to transport, don’t require a corkscrew and can be consumed at outdoor areas that prohibit glass. The following are good examples of canned Oregon pinot gris, which is the same grape as pinot grigio. Both are dry, but not bone dry. They are available in 375ml cans, which contain the equivalent of a half bottle. Although there are no vintages printed on the labels, the packaging date is stamped on the bottom of each can. These wines should be consumed young, so it’s best to check those dates for freshness.
Underwood Pinot Gris, Oregon
Bought • Dierbergs, 7233 Watson Road, in June for $6.99
Description • Oregon’s Union Wine Co.’s launch of its Underwood brand’s canned wines in 2014 helped spark consumer interest in this alternative packaging. After all, the cans fit right in with Union’s goal of offering good quality wines “without the fuss.” This light- to medium-bodied pinot gris is a great example. A wine with lots of character, it tastes of fresh stone fruit and pears with a touch of spice.
Joe to Go Pinot Gris, Oregon
Bought • Dierbergs, 7233 Watson Road, in June for $6.49
Description • This white comes from Wine by Joe, founded by Joe Dobbes in 2002. The company, which also focuses on affordable, good quality, everyday wines, launched the Joe to Go canned wines last year. This is a very straightforward pinot gris that’s a bit lighter in body than the Underwood. Crisp and refreshing, it tastes of tropical fruits with hints of herbs.