When I lived in Kentucky, there were 4 wine refrigerators in the house. The two smaller ones kicked the bucket pretty early. However, the two larger ones (40-50 bottles) are still running.
During some recent change-ups, I lost custody of the wine refrigerators. So now I’m in the market for a new one.
I’ve been researching, of course, and there are a lot of recommendations out there. I know that my main requirement is storage for 40-50 bottles. Following that, I’d like a quiet appliance and tinted glass. Less important is the need for a reversible door or dual temperature control. I’ll have to be particular about what goes into the new fridge, as I’m in a San Francisco apartment and well, space is at a premium. Gone are the days of 4 wine coolers in one room …
What brand do you have? Is it reliable? Have you had it for longer than 3 or 4 years? I’d love to hear your experiences as I shop for a wine cooler – on my own – for the first time.
A while back I found single-serve wine Copa de Vino in an area liquor store. It’s been around for a while but I haven’t seen it…then again, I’ve never really looked for it.
Copa de Vino is the invention of James Martin, who appeared on the show Shark Tank twice, and turned down the offers that were presented to him by the Sharks.
I’m not a wine snob, but I also was not expecting much from this wine in a plastic cup. I did only try two varieties, but I have to say, it’s not half bad.
The shape of the cup reminds me of a Guiness glass. It has a peel-off foil seal and a plastic lid that can be put back on to prevent spills. I tried drinking it straight from the cup but when the wine got to a certain level it started to splash back up in my face, so I poured it into a regular wine glass.
The Cabernet Sauvignon was almost as good as some of the Cab Sauvs that I usually drink. Smooth, flavorful, good finish. The Riesling seemed a little flat. Not too dry, fairly sweet. I would not drink this on regular basis. Perhaps because of the convenience, it would be a good buy for certain occasions (maybe our annual bus trip to Keeneland).
The liquor store I purchased from did not carry all single-serve varieties, but Copa de Vino also makes Moscato, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and White Zinfandel.
At first I thought $2.99 a pop was pricey, but one plastic cup is about a quarter of a bottle of wine so that ends up being about a $12 bottle of wine. And I did see these in another store for $2.50 each.
Every once in a while I’m in the mood for a sweeter wine (remind me to tell you my story about the Bota Box wine).
I opened a Riesling that was left over from my wine exchange back in January – one that I’ve never tried it.
Long Lake 2009 Riesling is a California wine with melon, apple and some citrus flavors. I prefer a Riesling from Germany, but this one was pretty tasty. Very aromatic, which is typical of this grape variety. Not overly dry or overly sweet. It was crisp and easy to drink, which can be dangerous.
I give this wine a Pink Happy Face! Apologies…for some reason I am not able to insert the Pink Happy Face image. Working on that.
Well, I finally did it! I hosted my very first wine exchange a couple of weeks ago. It was not orchestrated as “formally” as I would’ve liked (yes, I am pretty neurotic about things going according to plan), but because everyone had a great time, I consider it a big success! Here is how it worked…
Each person brought two bottles of the same wine. One bottle was put aside for the exchange and the other was opened for tasting. I even found these really cute wine glass tags to help distinguish our glasses.
We ate a few snacks before we got started. I kept it simple with cheese and crackers, a variety of nuts, olives, some veggies, dark chocolates and cocoa dusted truffles.We began with white wines (sweet then dry) and moved on to the reds, which included quite a few blends. No one brought any dessert wines or sparkling varieties. I provided index cards for people to take notes but that kind of fell to the wayside as we started down the line of about eight different wines.
After the tastings, we moved on to the exchange. We drew names to pick the order and we allowed one steal. I ended up with 3 Girls Cabernet Sauvignon, which I really enjoyed.
Some of my other favorites were: Clean Slate 2011 Riesling, Cary Chen Riesling from Elk Creek Vineyards and Pro-mis-Q-ous, a California red table wine.
I think it would be fun to try this again but perhaps create a theme around it (like Summer Wines). Or maybe dictate the variety of wine people bring. It’s not such a bad deal…I ended up with the leftover wine. Oh, and we had a massage therapist friend scheduled to give shoulder massages but she fell ill. So I would incoporate that next time.
I tried the 2010 vintage of Jacob’s Creek Cab Merlot back in the fall at a party, but had forgotten about it until I found the photo on my phone. I decided to pick some up again as I remember liking it. And I was spot on. It is a delicious red blend.
I’ve written about Jacob’s Creek before – this post last spring about the Southeastern Australia winemaker’s Reserve wines.
The Cab Merlot is a Jacob’s Creek Classic wine (as opposed to Reserve). The Classic wines are touted as great everyday wines. And this full-bodied wine is very approachable.
The 2010 blend consists of 53% Cabernet and 47% Merlot. Lots of dark berry fruit flavors and smooth. There is a hint of mint with spice characteristics and a delicate toasted oak.
I am beginning to gravitate toward a lot of red blends these days. Any I should try? I am open to suggestions.
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