While I never professed to be a real wine critic, I am a fairly stereotypical guy, where I prefer that things be practical, and then good looking. Things should work properly, and then they should look good or have some kind of beneficial secondary characteristic or shtick.
This way of looking at the world has served me pretty good over the years. I’m sorry to say that whatever merits Eco Wine has as a wine or as an ecologically savvy container are wasted on me because the piece of crap leaks.
Yes, the wine is no good at all to me if it leaks all over the inside of my refrigerator, no matter how good it is for the environment and especially if it tastes good. What kind of a massive waste is great wine, leaked onto my refrigerator shelf?
I did manage to have a few glasses prior to getting pissed off, and determining for certain that it is the container that is leaking and not just spillage or something else in the refrigerator.
So I suppose if you are a chardonnay drinker who can drink 1.5 Liters and has some kind of glass allergy, then this might be the wine for you.
Of course it is also certainly possible that this is the only container in the batch that had problems, and this is an anomaly. It most certainly is unintentional on the part of the manufacturer and winery, however it was a problem for me.
And, since I’m no big fan of chardonnay in general, and this tasted like a typical chardonnay, I’m certainly not going to go out of my way to buy this wine, or any other wine in a container like this without a pretty good reason.
I suppose that the foil protecting the bottom of the spout should have been a clue that there might be problems, because they also had a piece of plastic that prevented the plunger from being pressed. So while they were double insuring against any leakage during shipping, unfortunately the same cannot be said for leakage during actual usage.
Not recommended. About 10 bucks for 1.5L at Trader Joes.
As if it couldn’t get worse, their website has a flash? movie loading and Monty Pythonesque graphics. At least their movie loads fast the second time, and the wine was fine. It was organic wine, in a eco friendly package – the packaging just needs a little work.