You have probably heard by now of Sway Rosé which was announced during the summer of 2017. The canned rosé wine was the first product from the newly formed Yes We Can Wine and Texas Wine Lover did a review of that wine. Chris Brundrett of William Chris Vineyards and Andrew Sides of Lost Draw Cellars combined to produce Sway Rosé and now have announced Sway Blanc, a white blend canned wine, which is now available at Whole Foods Markets across Texas.
The Sway Blanc is a welcome alternative to the Sway Rosé for Texas wine lovers who love Texas wine, but may not care for rosé wines. When I first heard about Sway Blanc, I made a trip to our local Whole Foods Market and after some searching, found the wine in a cooler along with Sway Rosé. The first thing I noticed was the size of the can had gotten larger. Retail cost of one can is $6.99 (my store sold it for $5.99).
“When we started Yes We Can Wine, we focused our efforts on making a high quality product that tastes great and is in a format that fits Texans’ active lifestyles,” said Chris Brundrett. “This generation of consumers cares about origin and authenticity when purchasing wine, so it’s our pleasure to make a new blend of premium wine that can be enjoyed anywhere.”
Sway Blanc continues the winegrowers’ mission of using only 100% Texas fruit. The canned convenience factor gives a “fresh out of the cooler” experience that reflects the demand for accessible and sustainable beverages.
“We are all in with Sway, and it is a great honor to see how Texas consumers have responded since we’ve rolled out to H-E-B, Whole Foods, entertainment venues, and restaurants,” said Andrew Sides.
Once I got the wine at home, I checked the packaging closer and realized the can was 375ml which is about 12.7 ounces. The original Sway Rosé was 250ml and now the can size was 375ml (half an average size bottle of wine). When I first saw the can in the cooler, I had thought it was a normal 12 ounce can similar to how soft drinks and beer are packaged. Please realize that a “normal” wine glass is four to five ounces, so drinking an entire can is more than two glasses of wine.
Looking closer at the can showed the white blend is a Trebbiano 65% from Paka Family Vineyards and Muscat Canelli 35% from Krick Hill Vineyards. Both these vineyards are in the Texas High Plains and the wine was produced and canned by Yes We Can Wines in Meadow, Texas. One can is 12.3% ABV.
I let the can chill for a few hours after my drive home in the Texas summer heat (it was surprisingly too early to drink in the morning), and it was then time to pop open a can. The can did not say if the wine was sweet, off-dry, or dry, but with the 35% Muscat Canelli, I was prepared for an off-dry to semi-sweet taste. I was pleasantly surprised that the wine is dry. It would be interesting to see the spec sheet to see the residual sugar (RS) on the wine.
Since the wine had been in the refrigerator, I let the can warm up a little to bring out the fragrances. Now I could see the effect the Muscat Canelli had on the wine making it a beautiful fragrant white wine. The wine comes in a can, but I was curious to see what the wine looked like in a glass. Since the wine is in a can for convenience when picnicking or other outside events, a GOVINO glass seemed appropriate. The wine in the glass displays as a nice pale yellow.
In addition to the announcement of Sway Blanc, it was announced that Sway Rosé is now available in two sizes that include 4-packs of single-serving cans (187ml) and ½ bottle singles (375ml). Sway Rosé can also be purchased online in 24-can party packs from the Yes We Can Wine website. The Sway Rosé at my Whole Foods Market was only available in the ½ bottle (375ml) can.
Sway Blanc is now available at Whole Food Markets across Texas. For more information, please visit https://www.yeswecanwine.com.