Sustainability in Winemaking with Sipwell’s Hilary Cocalis
Have you ever felt scared to walk into a wine shop and ask for suggestions?
You’re not alone! I used to feel that too, so I made these scripts to help you feel more confident when you’re wine shopping.
I’ve been seeing more and more non-alcoholic wines and wine alternatives pop up in my news feed lately. And it got me thinking, could a wine without the alcohol still taste just as good? And how are non-alcoholic wines made anyway? Is a non-alcoholic wine just grape juice?
Of course, with a curious mind like mine I had to find out for myself. So I purchased an array of non-alcoholic wines and wine alternatives to try for myself. Below is my honest opinion of each of these wines!
The temperatures are starting to warm up and the sun is gracing us with its presence more and more (at least here in the Pacific Northwest) which can mean only one thing…summer is on its way!
Usually summer means it’s time to break out the refreshing white wines and Instagram worthy rosés, but I want to introduce you to another style of wine that is perfect for summer - chillable red wines!
Read on to learn what exactly a chillable red wine is along with some recommendations if you want to give them a try.
Is there anything more reminiscent of your college experience than boxed wine? Cost effective, lasts in the fridge for a month, and you don’t even need a bottle opener to get to the wine; it really doesn’t get any better than that!
But can boxed wine graduate from its college reputation? Many wineries are turning to more cost effective and eco friendly packaging, and boxed wine is a great option. We’re now seeing boxed wines on the market with higher price points, but the question is, are they worth it?
The only way to find out is to taste the wine, so I did exactly that! I set up a blind tasting between five different boxed wines to find out if the higher end boxes were worth their price points.
Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon
Welcome to Swill or Swell, a weekly series where I taste grocery store wines and let you know if they’re worth the buck or just meant for the drain!
CAVEAT! As you read this, please keep in mind that wine is subjective! This means that everyone enjoys different things and something I like might not be something you like and vice versa. I’ll be as objective as I can with facts about the wine’s quality, but in the end if your opinion differs from mine...that’s perfectly fine! Wine is only worth drinking if YOU like drinking it.
LET'S INTRODUCE THE WINE
Trader Joe’s is probably the world’s best grocery store. I mean, let’s just start with the cheese aisle. I have never had a bad cheese from Trader Joe’s. Plus, it’s just so convenient when you can grab your high quality cheese and wine from the same place without breaking the bank! If you are looking to learn more about wine without taking out a small personal loan, I highly recommend Trader Joe’s. Their wines are accessible, and their tasting note cards are super helpful.
Here’s my short list of the 8 best Trader Joe’s wines for under $15 (in no particular order). Enjoy!
1. Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 201
In 2022, I say we step out of our wine comfort zones. You may love your Pinot Noir and Cab Sauv, but what if I told you that there’s a whole selection of wines out there that are great (if not better) alternatives to the ones you already love? I’ve rounded up seven new wines you should try this year. Out with the old, in with the new!