Don't judge a book by it's cover right? Same mindset for when you first lay eyes on CalNaturale's bottle. The idea of wine coming from a box or anything besides a bottle has such a terrible connotation with people. In the past, I would probably have looked right past this wine and I'm telling you to stop a sec and smell the roses or in this case the wine. : )
Ok, let's talk about the packaging for a second. This is not a box…. it's called a tetra pak. These cartons use less than half the energy it takes to make a traditional wine bottle and they are made from paper. And plus, these cartons are 1 full liter so you are getting more wine than a standard bottle! So, that's cool right? This packaging is perfect for bringing on a picnic or camping trip! And bonus: it'll give you a good excuse to use that wine decanter that's been sitting on your shelf for years.
Now, the important stuff, what's inside this package. CalNaturale uses only organic grapes coming from Mendocino, California (which is one of the most beautiful places if you've never been!). I know blah, blah, blah… I'm sure you are saying to yourself, "that's all dandy, but how does it taste?" Well, this wine is it's crisp, clean and ultra fruity. It is good on it's own, but I enjoyed it with some pizza and it paired very well.
So the result: give it a try! The idea of enjoying a nice glass of wine and knowing that it's coming from a company that cares so much about the environment can never be a bad thing right?
You can find CalNaturale wines (they also make a chardonnay that I can't wait to try!) at select Whole Foods stores and at some specialty stores at the affordable price of $13 (don't forget you are getting a full liter).
PS the fine folks at Calnaturale did send me this bottle of wine, but the above review is my opinion completely. If you would like to send me something to consider, please email me by clicking the link at the top of the page. : )