While I am a beer drinker at heart, 2019 has found me taking some time away from that beverage and slowly delving into wine. In fact, I took this past January off from beer completely and sort of immersed myself in the bounty of the Willamette Valley’s wine scene. While I wasn’t sure what styles I actually even liked initially, I have found my palate evolve a little bit, and even have found some styles that I gravitate towards that I never thought I would (Malbec!).
While there are some absolutely beautiful vineyards to taste wine at, one of the challenges with wine is the transportation. Even a picnic requires a chilling vessel, glass bottle, and a cup. While this isn’t necessarily a challenge on a romantic picnic in the woods or on the beach, when you have three kids (and desperately need wine), it’s not exactly the easiest thing to commit to. I feel that the need for functionality is why more and more canned wine is coming to bottle shops and store shelves.
One such line is Canned Oregon, which is actually made by the famed Stoller Estate in Dayton. They sent us a sample pack so that we could try their stuff out. The have five offerings:
Here’s a little bit about what they are going for:
Canned Oregon was born here in the Northwest and is proof positive that quality wine can accompany you on all of life’s adventures. Whether exploring the mountain, hanging at the beach or relaxing in the city with friends, Canned Oregon is the perfect complement to every destination.
Oregon wine is synonymous with quality, having earned a reputation to rival the world’s finest regions. Now we’re delivering that quality without fanfare or compromise. From the amphitheater to the beach, from backyard barbecues to raging rivers — Canned Oregon is premium wine in a modern vessel, ideal for our state and your state of mind.
We have tried these out over the last week and have had a lot of fun with them. In addition to being tasty, they are (obviously) super transportable and it was a fun experience to pack some in a cooler to take on a short hike. My wife, who is NOT a beer drinker, appreciated the fact that we could both simply crack open a cold can together – something we don’t get to do really at all. She really liked the Pinot Gris, and I was a fan of the Rose. Even beyond hikes, these can be taken to the hills for skiing, to the beach while watching the sunset, or in any outdoors activity you prefer (post-race refresher anyone?). Head to their Instagram for ideas!
Stoller is also home to a variety of running events throughout the year like the recently completed Stoller Vineyard 5k and Wicked Wine Run. It is also the start of this July’s Fueled by Fine Wine Half , as well as the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon in September. Stoller and running go hand-in-hand – and now their canned wine can go hand-in-hand with you!