A couple of weeks ago I received a special delivery. ALDI sent three bottles of wine to my doorstep. Nicely packaged in a re-usable grocery bag, each bottle in its own padded wine sleeve.
The press release that accompanied the delivery touted ALDI’s line-up of award-winning international exclusive wines, all at bargain prices.
I didn’t even know ALDI carried wine. According to the release, selections include Beverage Testing Institute 2011 World Wine Challenge Winners, Wine Spectator Best Values and Wine Enthusiast Best Buys. Here’s what I received:
Most of ALDI’s wines are priced at $4.99 or less. I checked ALDI’s web site and only select locations carry wine – most of the Ohio stores do.
Excellent PR idea, by the way. Great way to build awareness and word-of-mouth.
Of course for Christmas I got some wine and wine gadgets. One of my new favorite toys is the wine pump sealer from Brookstone. This is the greatest wine vacuum pumps of all. There’s no air pumps or no extra gadgets. All you do is attach the wine sealer on top of the bottle and you pump the top a few times and your done. It lasts at least 5 to 6 days it’s awesome and the wine tastes better after you reopen the bottle. Click here for the link to the wine pump page.
Another Christmas gift I received (well I got it last year for Christmas) was the Vinturi deluxe red wine aerator. The deluxe set came with a stand, the aerator, and a filter. This is the answer to everyone’s prayers who doesn’t have time to aerate wine for and hour or 2. You put the filter inside the aerator part and then you put it on the stand and have your glass underneath it. (look at the picture below) It aerates wine one glass at a time and its taste like the wine has been breathing for an hour. I would suggest purchasing the filter and aerator (they come together) and not the stand. When it was on the stand it leaked some of the wine. If you hold it over your glass and pour the wine through it then there is no spilling or splattering. This is the greatest invention for wine lovers. Click here to view the aerator web page.
Last but never least is the Ravi instant wine refresher. This gadget chills your wine to the perfect drinking temperature (reds and whites). It chills the wine not the bottle and you don’t have to worry about pre-chilling your whites before you serve them it does it for you. You put the pourer on top of your bottle and you have the perfect temperature to drink your wine. Click here for the Ravi web page.
I hope these gadgets work for you as they have worked for me.
Hello everyone. Happy New Year! Hard to believe it’s 2012.
One of the latest picks from our wine club, Vino Volo, was Paso del Sol Carmenere 2010 from the TerraMater Winery in Chile.
I had never tasted a Carmenere so I decided to do a little investigating. I learned that the Carmenere grape was thought to have all but died out more than a century ago. However, it’s making a comeback in Chile, where in the 1990’s much of the “Merlot” was found to be Carmenere. This varietal produces darker, richer, riper reds than Merlot, with more spices and coffee flavors.
This wine has a deep red color. Aromas of intense fruitiness with hints of chocolate. It is full-bodied and fresh with tastes of blackberries and other dark fruits. It is smooth and easy to drink. We had it with dinner the other night – grilled steak. It was delicious. A great pairing. This wine is best if you open it one hour before you intend to drink it.
I definitely recommend this one, and I look forward to sharing some of this year’s wine club picks with you.
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