hey lovelies! while i hope those of you that had the day off, my true hope is that everyone remembers the significance of why we have the day off – so many people sacrificed their lives to fight for our country. i couldn’t let memorial day pass without saying a little something.
recently, i was asked to be an ambassador for la grande verre – it is a french wine company that sells wine by the glass. the second i heard about this, i was intrigued. then, i saw how cute the bottles were and they are incredibly practical, especially with them being plastic and twist tops. i thought to myself about how many times i may have wanted just a glass or two but would be frustrated when having to open an entire bottle (and more importantly, dealing with storing the bottle afterwards). i figured if i ended up liking this wine, this could be the answer to all of my prayers.
now, you all know that i love wine but before agreeing to be an ambassador, i had to do an official taste test to see if this was a company i could get behind. since my friend alan was in town, i thought there was no better person to participate in this taste testing with me.
the box was made with 100% recycled materials which i appreciated. i got alan and i a few glasses and we started tasting:
- stollen ruby relaxed red is 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot – alan described this one as light, fruity, smooth and a little tart whereas i thought it smelled like vanilla, tasted a little like blackberries and was subtly sweet. this was my favorite red because it was just so easy to drink and not as heavy as a lot of red i have tried. it is a red i think is even doable in the summer which is rare for me to say.
- domaine de la pagerie is a pinot noir – this was alan’s favorite! he described it as medium bodied with hints of cherry and was balanced from start to finish. for me, this was floral for a pinot. it was also lighter than i anticipated but not as light as the first red.
- clos roussely is a sauvignon blanc – alan described this one as fruity and sweet compared to either of the reds. i was obsessed with this one and that is probably because it smelled and tasted like peaches, which i absolutely love. it also had these subtle floral notes and it just reminded me of summer.
- anjou vieilles vignes is 85% chenin blanc and 15% chardonnay – alan described this one as smooth, soft and thought it tasted like apple. i thought it smelled tart but tasted a bit sweet – almost like honey. this was incredibly easy to drink.
the pours are 6.3 ounces each which is a healthy glass. i would also suggest these if you were spending a day at the park for a picnic and wanted something easy to transport and if you want to avoid dealing with glass.
you can build your own box or you can pick a box that has been preset for you. knowing what i now know, i would build my own box because i would want more than one sauvignon blanc – one glass just isn’t enough when it is that good.
whether you are getting this for yourself or for someone as a gift, le grand verre will not disappoint.
which wine sounds like it would suit you best?