Planning a picnic? Going to a ballgame? The Beach? State Park? Wine would be lovely but who wants to lug a bottle, corkscrew and glassware. Even wine in boxes or Tetra-Paks is problematic. The answer is single serve wines.
There are several to choose from, all cleverly packaged and easy to carry. Even better, because the containers are PET (plastic), they can be taken where glass is banned or dangerous such as State Parks or poolside, and all are recyclable.
Stack Wine – As the name implies, four individual servings of wine are stacked on top of each other forming an eye-catching tower. Each serving can be broken off leaving the rest intact. The cute “glasses” look a bit like Winnie the Pooh’s honey jar, but they are actually foil-sealed tumblers. At 187 ml each (about 6 ounces) a stack of four equals one 750 ml bottle priced reasonably at around $12.99.
The Stack Wine web site has tasting notes for each of the four California wines – Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Red Blend – along with a useful scale from sweet to dry. Stack Wines are available in major markets. Check the store locator for a store near you or they can be purchased on-line.
Copa di Vino – With seven wines in the line up, there’s sure to one that will delight. Moscato, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Riesling make up the white wine selection; Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot the red; plus a blush White Zinfandel for when pink feels just right. The wines are sourced from California, Washington and Chile.
The wines are sold individually in 187 ml “glasses” that look more like beer glasses but were designed for stability and to feel good in the hand. An unusual twist is the plastic lid that once the foil is removed, allows the wines to be moved around without spilling. The lid also creates a great storage container for nuts, candy or food for the fridge or freezer. The recommended retail is around $2.99 each.
Widely distributed in major grocery chains and stadiums, Copa di Vino can be purchased on line by the case. A case of 12 individual servings equals three bottles of wine costing $35.99.
Zipz Wine – The individually wrapped glasses are definitely designed for wine! The thicker-than-normal stems are easy to grip and lend balance, plus the wine goes all the way down to the bottom. When it launched last year, Zipz’s distribution focused on stadiums and large venues. This year their goal is to take the line national starting with100 Winn-Dixie stores. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay retail for around $2.99 – $3.99 and are available on line in cases of 12 servings for $39.99. They also offer four pack samplers of reds or whites for $13.99.