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Volére: fashionable wine, in a purse? Taste it + buy it at Stew Leonard’s Wines!

26 Apr

Get your drink on AND be fashionable with Volére

We’ve all heard the jokes about people who drink boxed wine and maybe you even took part in such stereotypical behavior.  Well, let’s be fair…boxed wine does seem to have a stigma attached to it.  There are great advantages, though:

• Lasts longer

• Usually a great deal

• Great for parties

• User friendly…twist and pour.

Volére Pinot Grigio

Now, Stew Leonard Jr. has seen and tasted all kinds of wine and he’ll tell you, good wine is good wine.  When he was in Italy this past March, he was at the world’s largest wine fair called Vinitaly.  He tasted lots of wine and he was really stunned by the quality, value, and design of a fun new wine called Volére that is shaped like a purse.  Yes, like a purse.  People are on to Stew, though, because Volére was just featured on The View today  amongst a nice selection of good and inexpensive wines.  Click on the link to check out Food & Wine Magazine Wine Editor Ray Isle pour out the details.

The purse that will make you feel all gushy, woozy, and warm inside will only set you back $12.99 and is full of 1.5 liters of premium grapey goodness.  That means you’re getting two bottles of wine for chump change.  And, you’d be a chump not to get this fun gift for your mom or the lady you love this Mother’s Day.  Heck, if you’re a mother and you want some, buy it too.  Well, even if you’re not a mother, you can buy too.  Okay, why stop there…men, feel free to buy, too.  Nothing wrong with that, no one’s judging.  We so need to try this wine because it’s awesome and also because it’s awesome.

Volére Rosé

You’ll be able to taste (for free) all three styles of  Volére wine with a special tasting right before Mother’s Day, too.  Stop by Stew Leonard’s Wines of Norwalk (see more tasting places below) on Saturday, May 12 from 1-5 pm.  You won’t find this tasting at any other store nearby…it’s super exclusive!  Here’s what you can sample and buy, taken from the Stew Leonard’s Wines site:

  • Volére Pinot Grigio: Features delightful crisp flavors of apple and white pear that lead to a long, elegant finish.  The bouquet offers white flowers, green apple and peach.
  • Volére Merlot/Pinot Noir: Brilliant ruby red in color, this merlot/pinot noir blend is a wonderful combination of red fruits, cherries, strawberries and raspberry, and fragrant spices such as vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves.
  • Volére Rosè: An elegant rosè featuring an intense bouquet of wild strawberry, raspberry and rose petals.

Time:  Saturday, 5/12/2012 from 1-5 pm

Place: Stew Leonard’s Wines of Norwalk

             55 Westport Ave.

             Norwalk, CT

Phone:  (203) 750-6162

Other Connecticut Tastings: Newington from 1-5 pm and Danbury from 12-4 pm

New York Tastings:  Yonkers from 1-5 pm, Farmingdale from 1-5 pm, and Carle Place from 1-5 pm

New Jersey Tastings:  Clifton from 1-5 pm, Paramus from 1-5 pm, and Springfield from 1-5 pm

Drinkin’ with my tweeps. The taste challenge experience with Barone Fini & WineTwits.

28 Mar

If you happened to check out our blog post a couple weeks ago, then you probably know Danny and I signed up to participate in a blind Pinot Grigio tasting hosted by Barone Fini wines and WineTwits. But this wasn’t just any old blind taste test. Nope, this one was actually hosted over the interwebs on the WineTwits website via a live webcast from the NYC in-person event, and on Twitter using the hashtag #TasteChallenge.

I was very excited for this event, not only because I’m a wine lover, but also because I’m a digital / social media marketer and I thought this was a great, but daring marketing strategy. I mean, Barone Fini, being the challenger, must have been pretty damn confident their wine was superior enough to the unknown competitor to trust that a bunch of untrained taste buds would pick up on the differences and make the right choice!

After just a bit of confusion and a slight delay, the webcast kicked-off with the announcement that there were over 100 tasting parties participating out there in the Twitterverse. Gotta love technology! After a brief introduction from our WineTwits host and Barone Fini wine producer, Giovanni Bonmartini-Fini, we immediately jumped into the tasting.

We popped open bottle #1 and went through the standard tasting steps: sight, swirl, sniff, sip, and savor. Starting with the easy stuff, the color was a light/pale straw color. Upon swirling we noticed that it had some legs (and it knew how to use them… sorry can’t resist). Then a nice sniff, which is always the worst of my senses. Danny picked up some grapefruit scent, but hell if I know. Then, on to the best part, the sip and savor! My immediate reaction was, ooeew, a little sour for a Pinot Grigio. Now a typical Pinot Grigio does have a nice, clean citrus flavor to it, but citrus can have a pretty big range, and this was on the sour end. Maybe even a little green apple-ish. It definitely left a bitterness on the tongue that I wasn’t a huge fan of. Danny agreed. And of course I, who never questions my first instinct before I blurt out what I’m thinking, started tweeting that I was not really a fan.  Then, all the tweets came in. It seemed 50/50 at first of people that liked it vs. didn’t, but we stuck to our guns. The more we drank it, though, the more we were open to the idea that this might pair well with a spicy dish or balance heavy summer BBQ dish. But still, we weren’t huge fans.

Then, onto bottle #2. A little darker in color, more of a golden straw tone, this wine also had legs. A little less of a citrus smell here, but again, I am really no good at this sniffing thing. Hey, at least I admit it! Now, onto the sipping and savoring. My immediate reaction, mmm, soft, smooth, creamy, just enough fruit with a nice mineral undertone.  A wonderfully full mouthfeel, with a soft, gentle finish. Easily drinkable with or without food. Danny also agreed, so again, we tweeted away. We found it pretty funny that what some of us were tweeting for wine #1, others were tweeting here and vice versa. Just goes to show, wine is truly in the eye of the beholder. Again, super hard to tell from the tweet stream, but it seemed 40/60 split at this point, in favor of wine #2.

Now, for the exciting part: the big reveal. After everyone got their votes in, they began to unwrap the bottles from their paper sleeves, starting with bottle #1. Drum roll please…. bottle #1 was Santa Margherita, one of the most popular Pinot Grigios in the U.S., running at an average of  $25 – $30 a bottle retail. Not really being huge Pinot Grigio fans, we had never tried this wine, but have seen it passed around at a party or two and have seen their TV commercials, which is very rare for a wine brand to do.  So, this, of course, means bottle #2 was Barone Fini. YAY, we picked right! And, the best part? A far superior tasting wine in our opinion, and it costs half the price of  Santa Margherita.

So, we would love to be able to tell you the definitive results, but WineTwits hasn’t posted them yet. Hmm, suspect? J/k. We’ll definitely keep checking in and update this as soon as we can. The results are in and we went with the overwhelming majority of around 70% of the tweeps going for Barone Fini!  Overall, this was a pretty cool experience that we’d definitely do again. If anything, it’s great practice to train our palettes and learn how to describe the tastes and smells we’re experiencing.

Which Pinot Grigio Reigns Supreme? Barone Fini WineTwit Online Tasting.

20 Mar

Which Wine Will Prevail? 1 or 2?

Barone Fini wines and WineTwits have organized an online blind tasting on March 24 from 8-8:30 pm EST.  The tasting will be led by wine producer Giovanni Bonmartini-Fini.  This is a pretty awesome experience to take part in.  You go to the tasting website, register, and get sent two brown-bag-wrapped bottles labeled 1 and 2.  There are still some kits left–22, so don’t delay if you want to take part in this.  $30 isn’t really bad for free shipping and two bottles of Pinot Grigio!  Oh, and you just might win a trip to Venice–Venezia to my paesans.

So, how’s it work after that, what’s up with an on-line tasting?  You’ll watch a discussion on winetwits.com and may even have a chance to ask a question or two to Giovanni!  Also, you’ll tweet your tasting notes with the hashtag #tastingchallenge to @winetwits.  So, you can look through the twitterverse and see what other people think about each wine and which one they prefer.  I wonder what kind of differences in these wines people will notice because the bottle that is not Barone Fini is about twice the cost.  :)  Be sure to follow along with @OmNomCT during the tasting challenge.  If you’re taking part, let us know, and we’ll tweet it up together.

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