The WineKnitter Vol. 26 No. 06 Wine

Let’s Head Outdoors!

It’s time to kick off your shoes, embrace the outdoors and indulge your palate!

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The curtain has finally lifted, and the summer of 2022 will be filled again with festive outdoor concerts, fairs, and picnics. So whether you’re headed to an event, the beach, or enjoying leisure backyard time at home with family and friends, apply the sunscreen and grab a cooler because I’ve got you covered with some easy-to-transport wines and a few other thirst-quenching treats.

Grand View Research said, “The global canned wines market size was valued at USD 211.4 million in 2020. The rising demand for convenient, portable, and single-serve beverages is the key driver for the market growth.”  According to a new report from Grand View Research in May 2021, “The global canned wines market size is expected to reach USD 571.8 million by 2028, registering a CAGR (compound annual growth rate)of 13.2%. Canned beverages are highly convenient due to the compact size of cans. Moreover, there has been a growing demand for portable and less fragile wine containers than glass. These factors are projected to support the market growth.”

Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Brut Rosé Canned Wines

Located in Sonoma County, this iconic winery produces more than 40 wines on-site and is now offering brut rosé in Mini Cans! Sofia Brut Rosé (a tribute to Coppola’s only daughter.) is an off-dry, light, effervescent wine and a perfect addition to the picnic basket.

Photo courtesy of Coppola

This rosé is a blend of 40% Pinot Grigio, 22% Zinfandel, 20% Grenache 15% Pinot Noir and 3% Chardonnay.  It is refreshing and crisp with notes of floral, peach, strawberries, and a touch of lemon zest on the finish. 
Alcohol:  11.5%
SRP:  $20 for a 4-pack  Each can holds 187-ml of wine.
Pairings:  Enjoy as an aperitif or with BBQ fare, paté, cheese, and dessert.

Domaine Bousquet Le Petit Canned Wines

These certified organic wines are produced from grapes grown in the 
cool Argentine foothills of the Andean mountains. Domaine Bousquet is
Argentina’s leading producer and exporter of certified-organic wines.  
They are the first to present canned wines from Argentina made from certified organic grapes. “Le Petit” is “The Little One” in French. The fruit for both wines is from the 2021 harvest sourced from vineyards in Tupungato, Alto Gualtallary, at 4000 ft. altitude.

Photo courtesy of Domaine Bousquet

Le Petit Bubbly Rosé

This wine is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Syrah, 10% Pinot Gris, and 10% Viognier and is made using the Charmat method. It has lots of fresh berry aromas, and the palate offers a dry, crisp wine with refreshing fruit and soft bubbles. 
Alcohol: 12.5%
SRP:  $13 for a 4-pack/$3.50 per can. Each can holds 250-ml of wine.
Pairings: Enjoy as an aperitif or with shellfish, salads, and fruit.

Le Petit Malbec

This 100% Malbec oozes juicy black and red berry aromas that segue onto the palate with a bit of earthiness and fig. A touch of spice lingers on the finish.
Alcohol: 14%
SRP:  $13 for a 4-pack/$3.50 per can. Each can holds 250-ml of wine.
Pairings:  It’s a perfect match for BBQ or hard cheese and fruit. 

In addition to premium single-serve wines, premium boxed wines are also gaining popularity. Their portability and the lure of a smaller carbon footprint are appealing. Boxed wines usually come in 3-liter to 5-liter sizes, making it easy to accommodate your entertaining needs. Also, boxed wines are easy to transport and unbreakable, and each 3L box is equivalent to four bottles of wine! And the wine will stay fresh for 30 days or longer in the refrigerator if it’s in a vacuum pack. 

Sandy Giovese Vino Rosso Boxed Wine

Amy Ezrin is the founder of Sandy Giovese wines and teases that the character name “Sandy Giovese” is her alter ego. The name is a playful spin on the Sangiovese grapes used to make this boxed wine, which is 85% Sangiovese and 15% Trebbiano. It is produced from organically-farmed grapes sourced from vineyards in Italy’s Le Marche region, located on the Adriatic Sea.

Photo courtesy of Sandy Giovese

Nose: Red fruit, violets, and a hint of herbs.
Palate: Cherry, cranberry, crisp acidity, refreshing and light, an easy-drinking wine.
Alcohol: 12% 
SRP: $34.99/3L box
Pairings: Aperitif, pasta, pizza, BBQ, grilled chicken, fruit & cheese platter.

Domaine Bousquet Natural Origins Rosé 2021 Boxed Wine

Along with bottled and canned wines, Domaine Bousquet also produces a line of organic “bag in a box” boxed wines. Fruit for Natural Origins line is sourced from the upper reaches of the Tupungato Valley, known for producing grapes with an abundance of aroma, flavor, and freshness thanks to large day-night temperature differentials and the intense Andean sunlight. The box states that the wine will stay fresh for 90 days after opening! 

Photo credit: Penny Weiss

The organic grapes for this rosé are a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Syrah, 10% Pinot Gris, and 10% Viognier.

Nose: Red berries, cherry, and a hint of floral.
Palate:  Strawberry, cherry, and a touch of spice with fresh acidity.   Refreshing and perfect for an outing. 
Alcohol: 12%
SRP: $20/3L box
Pairings: Aperitif, seafood, shellfish, salads, grilled chicken, or fruit and dessert. 

And, if you’re looking for festive and unusual single-serve, low-alcoholic beverages, these treats from SQZ will brighten the party.

SQZ

SQZ is located in Lanark, Illinois, and is owned by Anthony Curcio, CEO, and mastermind behind these low-alcoholic beverages. Anthony’s grandfather, Lorenzo Curcio, was known for his fruit wines made in the region of Calabria, Italy. And so, this family tradition was passed on from generation to generation, with Anthony taking it to another level.

Photo credit: Penny Weiss

The packaging for these low-alcohol fruit wines is unique and whimsical. And if you don’t mind using glass outside, the concept of Mason jars is brilliant, and they are reusable!  

Photo credit: Penny Weiss

Each Mason jar contains 375 ml of wine. The fruit wines are hand-crafted and made in small batches using only natural ingredients. Lemon juice, water, cane sugar, and yeast are used as the base. All added flavors are sourced from real juice, with no extracts or preservatives. The water is locally sourced deep well water that is triple filtered to ensure consistency in each batch made. The juice is naturally fermented and blended in stainless steel tanks. All six flavors, including the newest, Key Lime-Jalapeno, are refreshing and range from crisp and tart to mildly sweet or spicy! Drink as is, or get creative and use SQZ in cocktails! 
Alcohol:  9%
SRP: $29.99 for a six-jar pack. (equivalent to three bottles of wine)  Single jar-$4.99 each

For those who prefer to pour from a bottle instead of canned or boxed wine, here are a few premium screw-top rosés to pack in the cooler. No corkscrew needed!

Photo credit: Penny Weiss

Bodegas Salentein Portillo Rosé 2021

Bodegas Salentein is located in the Uco Valley of Mendoza, Argentina. This privately-owned estate was established in the late 1990s and boasts almost 5000 acres, of which 1,124 acres are planted to vine. Many of their vineyards
are situated at some of the highest elevations in the world. The grapes for this 100% Malbec are sourced from Valle de Uco appellation. 

Nose: Red berries, cherry, and floral.
Palate: Fresh strawberry and raspberry with nicely balanced acidity. Light and refreshing! 
Alcohol: 13%
SRP: $10.99

Diora La Belle Fête Rosé of Pinot Noir 2021

Diora is a brand of Delicato Family Wines, owned and run by the Indelicato family. Based in Monterey’s AVA, on Californias’s Central Coast, they have 1800 acres planted with vines. The grapes for this rosé are sourced from their estate San Bernabe Vineyard, and the wine is a blend of 88.2% Pinot Noir, 6.1 % Syrah, and 5.6% Grenache. The majority of the blend was fermented in stainless steel, with a small portion in neutral oak for a touch of creaminess to the palate. After two months, the wine was bottled. 

Nose: Cherries, red berries, and a hint of grapefruit.
Palate: Aromas segue onto the palate with crisp acidity and notes of watermelon. It is dry and light, another great wine for the picnic basket.
Alcohol: 12%
SRP: $19.99

Saget La Perrière “La Petite Perrière” Rosé 2021

La Perrière is a family-run company located in the Loire Valley, France. With 890 acres of vines in the finest appellations and six estates, it carries on the tradition of nine generations dedicated to producing fine wines. This 100% Pinot Noir is sourced mainly from their estate vineyards in Touraine (Loire Valley), and a part of the blend is sourced from the South of France through their long-term partners.  

Nose: Fresh fruit notes of strawberry, floral, and a hint of minerality.
Palate: This is a lively wine with juicy strawberry, raspberry, and a touch of grapefruit to balance it.
Alcohol: 12%
SRP: $13.99

Pairings for these three rosés: Enjoy as aperitifs or serve with seafood, salad, light pasta, BBQ, grilled chicken, or fruit and cheese platter.

All the canned, boxed, and bottled wines should be served chilled.

If iced tea is your go-to beverage, then here is a delightful collection of all-natural teas to brew and sip over ice while lazing in the hammock or sailing around the lake. 

Adagio Teas

This family-owned company is aptly named Adagio (a musical term meaning “slow” or “at ease.”). Relaxing and slowing down the pace while drinking these refreshing teas works for me!

Photo credit: Penny Weiss

They have two facilities, one in New Jersey and one in the UK. And all of the teas come directly from farmers around the world.

The full-leaf, pre-measured pouches make the tea easy to prepare. Add water to a quart-size pitcher, toss in the pouch, and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. There is an abundance of flavors to choose from, and sampler boxes are available. There are 40 varieties, such as herbal blends, chai, black, oolong, and the list goes on! One of my favorites is the Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea. It is blended with Hibiscus, Butterfly Pea Flower, Apple Pieces, Rose Hips, Orange, Papaya Flavor, Blueberries, Strawberries & Natural Blackberry Flavor. It’s perfect for a hot summer day.
SRP:  Iced tea sampler sets are $14 for six pouches that make one quart of tea per pouch. Purple Papayaberry is $8 for six pouches.

Photo credit: Penny Weiss

Summer is in full swing, and it’s time to kick off your shoes, embrace the outdoors and indulge your palate!

Until next time…

Cheers!
Penny

The feature photo is courtesy of Ethan Robertson.

Links to drinks!

https://www.thefamilycoppola.com/en/ffcw
https://www.domainebousquet.com
https://www.sandygiovese.com
https://www.sagetlaperriere.com
https://www.diorawines.com
https://www.bodegasalentein.com
https://www.sqzbevs.com
https://www.adagio.com

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Penny is a wine, spirits, food, and travel writer. Her sensory examination and evaluation of wine and food are noteworthy. Penny has a popular website called The WineKnitter that takes you with her to discover wine/spirits, travel, food, and culture worldwide. She began her serious foray into the world of wine in the early 1980s, where she was part of three very successful family-owned restaurants in NYC and "cut her teeth,” so to speak, with wines such as Petrus, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Haut Brion, Cristal, etc. Penny has an extensive presence on many social media sites, and her education is ongoing with wine seminars, wine tastings, and culinary delights from around the world. She studied at the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, completed WSET Level 2 Certification with Distinction, and is continuing with Level 3, advanced certification in wine. Penny is a member of The Wine Media Guild.

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