In Good Taste is looking to reform the wine industry by offering “small batch” wine in small wine bottles that are, well, quite cute looking. Interestingly enough, the bottles are not sealed with a regular wine cork, rather it’s a glass stopper, which is then secured by a piece of plastic. That’s great for convenience — but in order to remove the plastic, one needs to use a knife, or another sharp item, putting your fingers and perfectly manicured nails at great risk.
We tried the Summer Sips Collection, consisting of four different white wines. Thoughts follow.
2019 La Pluma Sauvignon Blanc Central Coast California – On the nose the honeysuckle, melon, and stone fruit comes through, and on the palate, grapefruit and lemon are present, along with a little bitterness. The acid and body are medium but overall this Sauvignon Blanc lacks personality.
2020 Cascade Wine Riesling Columbia Valley Washington State – Here the wine smells like peach, lime, lemon, and honey, but on the palate the flavors are underwhelming, and don’t really showcase the aromatic potential of Riesling, nor what Washington State can produce. The acid is higher here, and the body is medium.
2020 Fortune Favors Chardonnay Central Coast California – This shows riper fruits from lemon and melon, with hints of pineapple and vanilla which are present on both the nose and palate. However, the wine is off-balance, its fruit flavors showing a mealy component.
NV La Pluma Côtes du Rhône White Wine Blend France – This is perhaps the best in show, and this wine brings tropical fruits like mango and ripe lemon on both the nose and palate, with a medium body, acidity, and alcohol in balance.
In Good Taste is effective at letting you experience wines from various grapes and regions. However, if you truly want to learn about wine and grapes, there are far better ways of doing so. Additionally, in calculating the cost for the 4-pack, remember you are basically paying $29 for one bottle of wine, which in this case, would not really be worth the money. On the plus side, the bottles are indeed cute and can be used for household ornaments after consumption, should you be in need of such.
Overall Rating: B / $29 per 4-pack of 187 ml bottles / ingoodtaste.com