Well, this is one thing I thought I’d never do. A BOXED wine tasting/review (and a blind tasting at that)! Oh how my life has changed… but in a good way (the way I always finish this sentence since moving to Costa Rica, because it’s true).
When we first moved here, well even BEFORE we moved here, we had entertained the idea of cutting out all wine, beer, liquor from our diet completely. One of the reasons we were moving to Costa Rica in the first place was to live a healthier life style, and with our new frugal budget in mind (after we had both quit our jobs), this just made sense. The day after we had moved to Costa Rica, we were in the grocery store – picking out items to start stocking our kitchen with. We found ourselves in the wine/liquor aisle (hey, the paper towel was in that aisle as well!), and Greg mentioned that we should buy some wine and celebrate making the move to Costa Rica!
I kindly reminded him of our scratching-all-alcohol-plan…
I sweetly mentioned to him that if we started buying wine on our first trip to the grocery store, it would be too easy to keep buying it, and not so easy to stop…
Greg, in full cuteness acting mode now:
“Jen, it’s Clos but no cigar.”
“It may not be wine, but it’s Clos.”
“Don’t look now, but I’m coming out of the Clos-et…”
How could I say no? He had me totally cracking up. Now we HAD to try this stuff called Clos.
I’ve never been one to swirl my wine in my glass, or sniff it too much before sipping. But I did know enough to recognize that I preferred a Sauvignon Blanc to a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir to a Cabernet Sauvignon. I also have been known to really like the “girly wines” – Beringer White Zinfandel (BWZ!) and Chateau St. Michelle Riesling being my fav’s.
In actuality, I was surprised that the box of Clos White Wine (Vino Blanco) was not so bad. It smelled okay. It swirled okay. It tasted okay. (Okay, so maybe I was becoming a wine connoisseur – of boxed wine!). I could drink this. Not the best, surely; but very drinkable – a good table wine.
After Holy Week was over earlier this year (Holy Week in Costa Rica translates to = not being able to by wine/beer/liquor ANYWHERE for one whole week; even in the grocery stores, the whole aisle is roped off), we noticed that the Clos wine prices had jumped up dramatically. So we switched to a different boxed brand that was cheaper, and tasted just fine. Just last week we noticed a NEW boxed brand in the aisle, and it was even cheaper than the previous brand we had been drinking, so we decided to try it. So – here you go, with the help of my hubby – 4 different brands of boxed white wine (they also come in red) tasted and reviewed by yours truly.
1. CLOS Made in: Chile Cost (1 L box): c2,790 ($5.58) Alcohol: 12% Jen’s taste review: Smell: apple smell, but not too fragrant Taste: not bad, not too sweet, bright taste Overall: not bad at all, like it Guess: Clos or Peñasol 2. UVITA Made in: Argentina Cost (1 L box): c2,000 ($4.00) Alcohol: 12.2% Jen’s taste review: Smell: smells pretty good, apple, white grapes, pineapples Taste: good, crisp taste, like a fresh cut apple Overall: really like it Guess: Uvita 3. DON SIMON Made in: Spain Alcohol: 11% Cost (1 L box): c1,500 ($3.00) Date on top of box: Nov. 27, 2013 – hmmmmm… Jen’s taste review: Smell: not good, smells like rotten cardboard… Taste: sour taste almost, not sweet or crisp, okay but the smell hurts it Overall: Don’t really like… Guess: Don Simon 4. PEÑASOL Made in: Spain Cost (1 L box): c2,928 ($5.85) Alcohol: 12% Jen’s taste review: Smell: not much of a scent, very lightly of apples Taste: more dry, a bit of sharpness to it, not too sweet Overall: pretty good, but not preferable Guess: Definitely Peñasol
So, bottom line – I guess I really know my boxed wines, as I was able to guess them all (why does this make me really happy?). Of course – these are just my preferences… but anyone with any sense, I’m SURE would agree with me – Uvita is the best! And ALMOST the best deal, at just $4 a liter! So here’s my pic’s, in the order of my preference:1. Uvita 2. Clos 3. Peñasol 4. Don Simon
At the end of the wine tasting, we poured all four wines together and toasted to my wine tasting. The combo deal actually tasted pretty good. Well, what wouldn’t after all that wine tasting?
Cheers (another toast!)! — Jen