Chris Brundrett, co-founder of William Chris Vineyards, and Andrew Sides, co-founder of Lost Draw Cellars, have partnered up to launch a new venture, Yes We Can Wine. Inspired by the growing canned wine movement, the winemaker duo created the company to provide Central Texas with high-quality wine in a can.
The debut release is Sway Rosé, the first-ever 100 percent Texas-grown canned rosé — and the newest option for fans of "rosé all day." It’s made and canned in Hye, home to William Chris Vineyards, from Texas High Plains grapes. The blend includes 32 percent Mourvèdre and 32 percent Carignan from Martin Vineyards, 15 percent Muscat Giallo and 10 percent Viognier from Bingham Vineyards, and 11 percent Malvasia Bianca from Farmhouse Vineyards.
Presented in cute three-pack of slim 7-ounce cans, Sway is medium-bodied but only 12.3 percent alcohol by volume. Whether in the can or poured into a glass, the wine is very aromatic. It boasts fruit-forward notes of peach and strawberry, with hints of tropical fruit and a crisp, dry finish. Sway Rosé’s makers claim it “pairs well with anything, from potato chips to caviar, bolognese to barbacoa tacos.”
We sampled it with Goldfish crackers, smoked goat Gouda, and linguini with preserved lemons and shrimp, and we wholeheartedly concur with its versatility. Central Texas picnics, lake outings, and poolside barbecues have just found a new best friend.
In a press release, Brundrett says, “Texas wine is having a moment right now and we are excited to be a part of it. We want people to be able to experience Texas grown wine anytime, anywhere — and they can do that with us. Sway Rosé is a rallying call to Texans who are ready for the next great thing.”
Sway Rosé is available now at San Antonio and Fredericksburg retail stores. It will soon be available in Austin and various locations in Central Texas. You can also get it delivered to your door for $16 for a three-pack (plus tax and shipping).