Beer in cans? Of course. Wine in cans is a somewhat newer phenomenon. But before you dismiss it all as plonk — which, until recently might have been justified — look at what Francis Ford Coppola put in distinctive narrow cans with his Diamond Collection, more serious than most. His nicely structured new Monterey County red is a food-friendly pinot noir. Then there’s the clever bottle-shaped aluminum container from Domaine Chandon, which the California sparkling wine house has introduced for its Sweet Star, a slightly mellow, picnic-friendly quaff not meant to be saved for special occasions. Cider in cans is also not new, but the canned Eden Heritage Cider, from heirloom apples grown in Vermont, offers a step up with light gold, lip-smacking refreshment.
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Pinot Noir, $24 for four 250-milliliter cans, thefamilycoppola.com; Chandon Sweet Star, $195 for a case of 24 187-milliliter bottles, chandon.com; Eden Heritage Cider, $16 for four 12-ounce cans, edenciders.com.