Disclamer: Miravante Brands, LLC provided me with product for this review. All opinions are my own and those who sampled the wine with me.
Happy 4th of July to all my US readers! I don’t have a new recipe for you today, but if you are looking for recipes for your holiday cookout my Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad is always a hit, served with Blue Cheese and Onion Stuffed Sliders, and might I suggest Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches for dessert?
Today I want to tell you about a new line of wine I recently had the chance to sample. Nuvino is a new line of wine that is unique, look at that, it comes in portable pouches! For this review I was given the samples pictured above, and I gave the Sauvignon Blanc to my friend to try, the Malbec to my neighbor, and I tried the Red Blend, leaving my husband to sample the Chardonnay.
I love the portability of the wine, it would be great to stick in coolers for outdoor parties, coming in single serving size (187 ml) pouches that won’t break open, open easily, and are resealable. The pouches are called PreservPak and are designed to be highly-durable with a minimum self life of one year. You don’t even need a glass, you can drink right from the spout! This initial line includes wine from Australia (Red Blend), Chile (Sauvignon Blanc), South Africa (Chardonnay), and Argentina (Malbec). The 4-pack retails for $14.99, or individually for $3.99. The brand is initially available in 16 states, and expected to be nationwide by the end of 2014. Nuvino is also available online at Liquorama
I have to be completely honest here. I’m not really a wine snob. I do drink it occasionally, but I’m not the type that insists on the perfect wine pairing. I prefer red wine, to be more specific red dessert wines and don’t really care that white wine is supposed to go with poultry. For that matter, I generally prefer the less expensive wines over the more expensive. So, reviewing a wine itself is a bit hard for me. The Sauvignon Blanc I gave to my friend ended up being sampled by another friend. It is described as having “fresh aromas of white flowers and crisp citrus notes combined with green apples and white peaches”. My sampler said it was crisp and dry with a hint of apples. The Malbec my neighbor sampled was described as a bit bitter, but he’s not really a wine drinker. I could really taste the plums and mulberries in the Red Blend, but I would prefer something a bit lighter. My husband hasn’t tried his yet, but I’m sure he will this weekend. I would love it if they added a blush to their collection.
To sum it up, I would purchase these packs for a summer outdoor party where there would be wine drinkers. I find the serving-size convenient, I was able to easily fit the 4 packs in my fridge while it would be hard to fit 4 full-size bottles of wine. I hope they can expand there offerings after this initial start.