My local grocery store, Leblanc’s Payless, has one of the best wine aisles I’ve ever seen. Every once in a while I make a visit specifically to restock my wine collection, browsing the new varietals and labels being stocked or looking for a wine new to introduce to my palate.
I recently came across an aisle setup with single serve wine in a ready to drink plastic wine glass — Copa di Vino. I grabbed two, one Pinot Grigio and one Chardonnay to try at home. I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting too much from a plastic container.
The Verdict: Better than Expected
The convenience of wine in a plastic glass makes this a winner in my book. I realize this isn’t the first idea for single serving wine containers, but the product would work well for tailgating, camping, and beach excursions. They pack easy in an ice chest alongside cans of beer and Capri Sun and are shaped to fit in the hand easily. There’s no need to lug around a corkscrew and you don’t have to worry about breaking the bottle during transport.
Yes, the packaging is kind of a novelty, but the wine inside was pretty decent. The Chardonnay was good during the first sip, with with apple and citrus notes, but wasn’t the best Chardonnay I’ve ever tasted. The Pinot Grigio was better than the Chardonnay in my opinion, with with a cleaner finish. There are other varietals, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and White Zinfandel. The company states that the wine is good for up to one year, but I wouldn’t store this with my traditional wine bottle collection. It’s meant to be consumed and stores well on the fridge door.
Copa di Vino winery and tasting room is located at Sunshine Mill, The Dalles, Oregon. It can be found at retail locations around the US, and at select venues such as The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, exclusive country clubs, and luxury grocery markets.
For more information: www.CopadiVino.com