Vinoa – a new way to buy wine:
Just when you think that every possible way of buying wine had been explored, along comes Vinoa. Perfect for a small household or for people like me who enjoy matching their wines to what they are eating, Vinoa offers fine wine in glass sized quantities. Unlike the small bottles you can buy at the supermarket, the Vinoa wine box contains six small bottles of genuinely fine wines. Variety and quality are assured, and the six different wines provide an opportunity to sample a glass without the commitment of buying a full bottle. Though, if you particularly like something, you can buy full sized bottles online at a very reasonable price too.
The wine cards with full details of the region of origin for each wine,descriptions of taste (acidity, sweetness, tannin, intensity, oak), dish recommendations and aromas are both informative and a conversation piece (“were there hints of muscovado?”). Delivered to your door, think of it as the opposite of the ubiquitous wine box, containing inexpensive plonk and favoured by students.
On a warm evening in early Autumn, I enjoyed a glass of chilled Gavi. Refreshing and light, with a suggestion of lemon, this Italian classic was a perfect aperitif whilst the barbeque was smoking. My choice on another occasion was Chateau D’Ollieres, a light, spicy rose with hints of lemon and, I thought, blackcurrant. Lovely – I’ll buy a few bottles of this one. You really can’t go wrong with any of the wines in this box; you’ll find something to suit your mood and menu.
Delicious wines, beautifully presented, in conveniently-sized bottles containing enough for one largish glass (187 ml), a mixed Vinoa wine box is the ideal present for you or a friend. And, if you want single glass servings of particular wines, you can put together your own selection. The prices are about half those you’d pay for wine by the glass in a restaurant – and the range runs from £2.45 for a large glass of Chilean Carmenere Valle Hermoso to £12.10 for Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gains, Tupinier Bautista 2011
I love the concept. It’s the sort of thing that works for me in the same way that I prefer to buy high-quality chocolate in small quantities rather than supermarket favourites in family sized bars. I know my own weaknesses and if I open a bottle of wine, I will drink it. This gives me the chance to enjoy a glass of excellent wine at home, without the temptation to overindulge
My selection comprised
Limoux Toques et Clochers Chardonnay (France)
Gavi Il Forte DOCG (Italy)
Chateaux D’Ollieres (France)
Rioja Reserva Bodegas Ondarre (Spain)
The General Boer And Brit (South Africa)
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Perez Cruz (Chile)
It would make a great gift for any wine lover – or, a treat for yourself! There are a couple of pre-selected boxes priced at just over £32, or you can mix and match your own selection from a list of around 30 wines.
Find out more on the Vinoa website