Cope Di Vino

So I’m in Grapevine, TX for business and I decided to pack very light. I had my clothes for the next day in my cargo pants pocket and my laptop bag with me. With security I wasn’t going to chance bringing a razor with me on the plane, especially since there’s a convenience store across the parking lot from the hotel. I stopped in, spotted a cheap disposable razor and decided to kill some time browsing the liquor store portion of the convenience store…which is about 3/4 of it. I was only there for one night so I didn’t want to pick up a six pack and was contemplating a 22oz bottle of Chimay. This is when I spy a sign on the cooler door that says “wine to go.” I was intrigued, since well…it’s a liquor store. Wouldn’t all of the wine be “to go?”

That’s when I spotted them. The cutest little single glasses of wine packaged in adorable little glass shaped plastic bottles. Copa Di Vino or Cup of Wine if you want the translation came in three varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, White Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio. Perfect! Three mini glasses of wine? I think I can take care of that.

The Cabernet Sauvignon had been chilled…amateurs…so I set that one out to reach a drinkable temperature and decided to start with the White Zinfandel. I peeled back the foil seal (only the classiest of wines when I’m on the road) and was smacked in the face with a sickeningly sweet aroma. I already know this is going to be too sweet for my taste. But I will not run from a wine in fear before at least giving it a chance. Yep, I was right. It tasted like what I imagine the red liquid in hummingbird feeders to taste like. That’s about as good of a description I can come up with. Sugar water with a hint of alcohol. Strike 1.

Alright, round 2. Pinot Grigio. Same classy foil seal. This one smells like burnt plastic. Tastes like…I’m not even sure what it tastes like. But I can tell you it’s not good. Yeah…no…I got nothing. Strike 2.

Round 3. Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m fearing the outcome of this one. Please let this one be drinkable! *fingers crossed* Alright, so far this is turning out better. It actually smells like Cabernet Sauvignon! It’s not a strong aroma but I do detect a hint of black currant. I don’t know if it’s because the other two were so terrible, but this one is actually drinkable. A light grape and raspberry flavor that finishes with a hint of black currant. I might actually finish this glass! Ball 1.

Don’t let the adorable packaging fool you. Just because it’s cute doesn’t mean it’s good. This also seems to apply to my dating history… Anyway…cheers to the marketing genius that thought of putting this “wine” in cute single serve, resealable plastic glasses.

On a scale of “this tastes like piss” to “oops, I just drank the whole bottle” I would give this a “If piss had an alcohol content I’d seriously consider it instead of this.” Would I buy it again? Hell no. Maybe as a gift for someone I didn’t like…

Final Grade: D- (Would be an F, but the Cabernet was at least worth finishing the glass.)

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