It comes in a can. This is a phrase I never thought I’d utter about a favorite wine of mine. Forget spending $25-40 per bottle for good rosé, meet Archer Roose. This is one of the best rosés you can buy, and I’ve been known to have tried one or two (hundred) in my time.
I’ve been a wine snob before it was legally allowed for me to be one. I worked in a Napa Valley winery the summer after I turned 18 and I’ve spent the last 20 years perfecting my wine knowledge. Many bottles have been sacrificed for the cause, so it’s important to mention I went into trying canned wine with a negative bias.
In preparation for an upcoming camping trip, I needed something less breakable than bottles of vino—easy to open sans corkscrew and more portable for imbibing on-the-go. I discovered the Archer Roose brand on Drizly and saw the rosé had all five-star reviews. Rosé is practically a love language of mine, so I ordered directly from the source—the Rosé Half Case for $49. A half case comes with 12 cans, which is the equivalent of four bottles of wine! In comparison, my old favorite Whispering Angel rosé costs anywhere between $20-$25 per bottle.
There is something strange about cracking open an ice-cold can of wine, but after the first sip, I was blown away by how crisp the finish was. I was pleasantly surprised to find that no quality was lost coming from a can as opposed to a bottle. Archer Roose rosé is a blend of Grenache Noir, Syrah, Carignan, Grenache Blanc. It’s semi-dry, with hints of fruit and a smooth finish.
As with all my favorite rosés, Archer Roose is sourced from a sustainable winery in the heart of Provence, France, in Cotes du Luberon. In this region, winemaking dates back to antiquity. According to Archer Roose, “Many believe that rosé was the first style of wine to be made in the South of France; today it is certainly the most widely enjoyed.”
After falling in love with the rosé, I went on to try Archer Roose’s other varietals which include A Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, a Malbec, and my second favorite, the Bubbly; a sparkling wine from Italy. None of Archer Roose’s wines contain harmful additives, which may seem like a given, but as it turns out that’s not always the case. There are a ton of legally-approved additives that can be used when making wine. With the exception of sulfites, wineries are not required to disclose any of them. There are no animal fining or clarifying agents, added sugars, or artificial flavoring or coloring in Archer Roose wine. Taking it a step further, while the grapes are on the vine, they are “farmed without the use of harmful herbicides or pesticides in the vineyard, and with minimal intervention in the cellar,” according to the site.
Another bonus, all of the Archer Roose wines are made from sustainably grown grapes in planet-friendly packaging. The commitment to quality and responsible farming go hand-in-hand with their purpose of “bringing a better, consciously-made glass of wine to consumers, in a format to fit their lifestyles.”
We’re calling it now—the summer of canned wine is on the way. Now that "good" wine has arrived in portable form, there’s no stopping winos from having their moment.