Frequently Asked Questions

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Where does Backpack Wine come from?

Backpack wines are from Washington state, specifically the Wahluke Slope. Wahluke Slope is in Grant County and is part of the Columbia Valley. The area grows grapes often used in red wines — cabernet sauvignon and merlot — but also produce white varieties.

Do canned wines taste bad?

Only if the wine is bad! Backpack makes fresh, crisp delicious wine so no worries on that front. Also Backpack cans are coated and the can has no chemical interaction with the wine. The cans are inert. Wine is aged in everything from clay to concrete and steel. None of these add anything to the wine either. Wood does interact with wine though. Backpack has no plans for selling wine in wooden containers; we’re feeling pretty good about the whole can thing. 

Yea, but what does Backpack taste like? 

Our Snappy White is a riesling-based wine with a touch of pinot blanc. We like riesling because of the weighty mouthfeel and ease that the sugars melt on the palate. This wine has a touch more residual sugar than the rosé on purpose. It a crowd pleaser. Add ice and you are still fine. Add a shot of soda and you are rolling. It’s super versatile and fun to drink. But don’t just take our word for it, Wine Review Online gave Snappy White a score of 88!

The Cheeky Rose is clear and clean with a high acidity — again based on pinot blanc but with a dash of sangiovese for color and for the floral, strawberry, rose petal flavors that round out the mineral acidity of the pinot blanc. Our serious Rose-loving friends tell us its fabulous.

How much wine is in each can?

The cans each hold 250 ml or one-third of a standard bottle. Most establishments pour four glasses out of a bottle (some penny pinching establishments may try to stretch it to five). Each Backpack can has a single, generous pour by restaurant standards.

Are Backpack wines eco-friendly?

From a packaging standpoint both the aluminum cans and cardboard boxes are recyclable–indeed both are more easy and practical to recycle than glass. The grapes used to make Backpack wine come only from growers who use sustainable farming practices. Sustainable refers to practices that are socially and ecologically responsible while still being economically viable. Different areas determine what matters most ecologically and will often focus on these issues (water, energy etc.) Find out more on what sustainability means here.

What is the best way to enjoy Backpack’s wines?

Both of Backpack’s current wines are best enjoyed COLD. The white and rose versions both need a good chill. The good news is that even a warm can will chill quickly in the fridge or in an ice bucket — far faster than a bottle of wine. Both of these wines are food friendly. Try Cheeky Rosé with Italian, Mexican and Spanish food. Snappy White has a hint of sweetness but is crisp and light. Try it with salads and with anything with a little spiciness.

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