A can of Underwood sparkling rose, a can of Trader Joe's Sea Salted Saddle Potato Crisps and a can of Underwood Pinot Gris

Picnic building blocks from Trader Joe’s include wines – in a can!

Fast facts:

  • NV Underwood Pinot Gris, Oregon ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)
  • NV Underwood Rosé Bubbles, Oregon ($5.49 @Trader Joe’s, California
  • NV Sea Salted Saddle Potato Crisps ($1.49 @Trader Joe’s,  California)


I was first introduced to the idea that “form follows function” as a college student encountering the the work of the modern architects and Bauhaus. Simply put, the Bauhaus taught that design should start with contemplating what a product was intended to facilitate.

A Wine Vessel that Can Go Anywhere

One could say that wine in a can would please the students of the Bauhaus. That’s because a vessel that is not a glass bottle is a far better choice when you want to enjoy wine while camping, on the patio,  on a boat – anywhere you and yours roam barefoot. Note that in the photo below, even the wine “glasses” are shatterproof plastic. It’s how we roll in our house poolside.

These two Underwood cans from Trader Joe’s are 375ml, so they equal one of half of a traditional sized wine bottle. Each is around $5, so they are a tad on the expensive side.  They are also non vintage, for what its worth.

The wine is serviceable – refreshing when served cold, and a good pairing for picnic fare. This is not wine you are going to take to dinner to impress your friends, but it is perfectly fine when you are lounging on a pontoon boat or camping and pulling ice cold cans out of a cooler full of ice.


A can of Underwood sparkling rose, a can of Trader Joe's Sea Salted Saddle Potato Crisps and a can of Underwood Pinot Gris
You say Pringles, TJs says potato (crisps)


A 375ml can of Underwood Pinot Gris from Trader Joe's
Form follows function.

Tasting notes:

Pours a pale straw color. Lemongrass, green apple, white stone fruit. Peach, grapefruit and pears on the finish. 


A 375ml can of Underwood sparkling rose wine from Trader Joe's
Sparkling. Rosé. What’s not to like?


Tasting Notes:

Pours a bright pink and features flavors of pink grapefruit, wild strawberry, and watermelon. Cranberry and red raspberries on the finish.


I have also seen Underwood Pinot Noir and still (as in non-sparkling) rosé in Underwood cans at Trader Joe’s.  The good news is that Trader Joe’s has these cans in store year round, so whenever the occasion calls for wine containers that won’t shatter if dropped on a hard surface, they have you covered.

And if your weekend preparations find you shopping at your local TJ’s, also keep an eye out for our Lucky 13 list of TJ’s wine. It’s a shopping list comprised of our most recent reviews.

If you’re headed to Costco soon, you can find our most recent reviews of Costco wines here in our Lucky 13 list of Costco wine finds.






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