Last week was National Raisin Week, but we doesn’t want to leave mom and dad out! Sure, you can grab a handful of this all-purpose fruit, or better yet, grab a glass! I’m talking WINE … in case you didn’t get my hint; I made the stretch from raisins to grapes to wine, which isn’t that far of a stretch!
People seem to scoff at wine in a box. Honestly, if you pour it into a decanter, use it as a mixer, or cook with it — you and none of dinner guests would know or think about the box. CalNaturale’s wine is tasty! We added glasses of the Cabernet Sauvignon to a steak dinner one evening, and the Chardonnay made wonderful outdoor Sunday lunchtime sangria. CalNaturale is a great table wine for everyday drinking.
In fact the Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 scored a gold medal award winning 91 points in 2010 by the Beverage Testing Institute for (Exceptional) Best Buy. In 2011, the CalNaturale’s Cabernet Sauvignon also won a gold medal at the Monterey Wine Competition, Florida State Fair Wine Competition, and San Diego International Wine Competition, and silver medals at The Hilton Head Island Wine Competition and San Francisco Chronicle Win Competition. The Chardonnay 2009 boasts silver medals in the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. In 2010, the Chardonnay 2009 was also a silver medal award winner at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, World Value Wine Challenge, and Indy International Wine Competition.
You can purchase a CalNaturale’s half liter for around $7 and a full liter for $13. For this price, CalNaturale wine is simply a great value in a smart packed with a good flavor. On the outside, I love that the Tetra Pak tells me how many glasses to expect. Since 2004, the packaging is designed specifically for environmental reasons as production and transportation use half the greenhouse gasses, waste, and energy of traditional glass bottle wines. Then on the inside, you’ll find wines made from organically grown California grapes which are not exposed to pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
Here’s what I thought: We started to drink the red with a steak dinner and finished the rest after getting the children to bed. It was a nice closer to an evening. To me, the flavor was grape with hints of wood. The white I tried before making the sangria; it was a bit bitter to me. I added some sparkling lemonade, muddled fresh mint, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and lime; fantastic sangria! We spent a week in Spain drinking liters of sangria just last October, and we were taken back there with my CalNaturale’s Chardonnay sangria … YUMMY!
My Mom Start Review Grade of the CalNaturale’s Cabernet Sauvignon wine: B
My Mom Start Review Grade of the CalNaturale’s Chardonnay wine: C
(It would be a C-, but the sangria saved it to a C.)