Posts Tagged ‘BBQ’

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 144: Syrah, Jerky, and BBQ Potato Chips

October 14, 2014

In this episode, Jeff pairs this $40 Syrah with $4 worth of snacks.

Wine Tasted:


Cornerstone Cellars 2012 Napa Valley Syrah

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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 102: Storming the Castle

June 3, 2013

In this episode, Jeff sees if this destination winery’s juice can hold up to the power of this barbecue…

(Note: At the time of filming, Jeff did not realize that Castello di Amorosa sold their wines online.  Their online wine shop is, in fact, very extensive, and quite easy to use.  So… When you hear Jeff say something to the contrary in the following video, please shout back at him that he is wrong.)

Wine Tasted:


Castello di Amorosa 2011 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

After the Facts:

1. This wine sample was provided by Castello di Amorosa for review.  Click here to check ’em out.

2. I bought this tri tip sandwich from Trail Dust Barbeque.  Click here to check THEM out.

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(Plastic) Cup of Wine

May 22, 2012

Just when you thought I was done talking about the wedding we were at in Phoenix, Arizona a few weeks back…

I realized that there was a big wine moment that happened the day before the wedding…

Since Kara was a bridesmaid, and had to go to the rehearsal during the day, I spent the morning lounging around the hotel at the “Largest Pool in Phoenix!”


Yeah… I guess it was pretty big.

Come the afternoon, however, we headed over to a BBQ at the home of the groom’s parents…


The food was in full effect! Pulled pork, pulled chicken, mac n’ cheese, potato salad, and beans.

I had been looking forward to this BBQ for a while.  Not so much for the food (which was fantastic, by the way), but for the wine that was gonna be served…


This requires a little explanation.

The night before the BBQ, I went out with the groom and his buddies for a bachelor party.  At one point in the night, the groom asks me if I’d ever heard of Copa Di Vino.

When I told him I had not, he proceeded to tell me that the owner of the company was on the TV show, Shark Tank, pitching his idea to investors.  Apparently, it’s a wine that comes in its own plastic cup.  The idea is that it allows you to drink wine on the go without having to deal with the complications of a bottle.

“That sounds cool,” I told him.  “How does it taste?”

“I don’t know,” he replied, “but I ordered a couple of cases for the BBQ tomorrow, and I want you to review it.”

Never one to turn down a wine sample, I was more than happy to oblige.  As soon as we got to the party, I tracked down the cooler, and picked out my samples…


Copa Di Vino NV American Riesling and Copa Di Vino NV Columbia Valley Merlot.


First I want to talk to you about the packaging…

Each (Plastic) Cup of Wine is 187.5 ml.  A standard bottle of wine is 750 ml.  You can do the math, or just trust me when I tell you that each plastic cup is a quarter of a bottle (a pretty healthy pour).

Online, you can buy a case (12 Cups of Wine) for $36.  That breaks down to $3 a cup… or $12 a bottle.

As far as the packaging goes, Copa Di Vino reminded me a lot of a cup of yogurt.  Remove the plastic lid, peel back the aluminum seal, and it’s go time!


Let’s get into the wine!

Copa Di Vino NV American Riesling:

Nose: In retrospect, I should have poured my Cup of Wine into a glass.  Without having much of a lip to guide the aromas to my schnoz, it was tough to analyze.  The nose to me was extremely tight, with hints of lemon mineral water.

Palate: The palate lacked any sort of complexity to it.  Really, it was kind of like water, with a squeeze of lemon and a drop of latte foam.  I do give the Riesling props for not being sweet.  I would have expected it to be overly sugarfied to appeal to the masses.

Score: Not a whole lot going on here, but I will give it extra points for being a cold white wine on a hot day in Phoenix.  76

Copa Di Vino NV Columbia Valley Merlot:

Nose: A faint hint of buttered blackberry.  Aside from the blackberry, the nose is almost Chardonnay-like.

Taste: There’s that butter again.  Look… I know that all red wine goes through malolactic fermentation, but usually (since there are so many other things going on) they’re not so in-your-face with the butter.  There is still this blackberry fruit going on, but it’s unripe blackberry.  There is a touch of black olive on the end.

Score: This isn’t a horrible Merlot, but that butter is throwing me way off. 79

I went to the Copa Di Vino website to try to get a glimpse into their winemaking philosophy, and I found this video…

I guess the product speaks for itself.

Apparently, the investors on Shark Tank passed on the Copa Di Vino.  Based on the price, and the quality of the juice, you should too.

I guess that’s what you get when you spend more time dreaming up the cup you’re serving your wine in than you do the wine you’re serving in the cup.

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