Product: Usual Mixed Rosé & Sparkling Wines by the Glass
12-pack case of 6.3 oz single-serve bottles with two different rosé wines, and two different sparkling wines
2021 Usual Rosé, San Luis Obispo County, 187ml
Tasting Notes: A crisp, easy-drinking Rosé with notes of red peach, wisteria, and watermelon rind. Expertly made in small batches from sustainably farmed grapes with no sugar and minimal intervention—the real way. The Rosé is dry, not sugary, with that crisp freshness to cool down a hot day or lighten up the mood. Enjoy chilled, sans shoes for best results.
Varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Viognier
Appellation: San Luis Obispo County
Residual Sugar: 0g
Bottle Size: 6.3 oz
Usual Brut Rosé, Mendocino County, 187ml
Tasting Notes: A sparkling and lively take on our classic rosé with notes of red peach, raspberry, and orange blossom. Chosen for its bright and fruity profile, this small lot of Mendocino rosé is ideal for adding bubbles and nothing else. Made from sustainably farmed grapes with no sugar and minimal intervention.
Varietals: Zinfandel, Barbera, Sangiovese
Appellation: Mendocino County
Residual Sugar: 0g
Bottle Size: 6.3 oz
Usual Brut, North Coast, 187ml
Tasting Notes: A dry and effervescent sparkling wine with notes of lemon, elderflower, and bergamot. Expertly made in small batches from sustainably farmed grapes with no sugar and minimal intervention — the real way. A refreshing bubbly for special occasions or any occasion. Usual Brut is light, effervescent, and satisfyingly crisp. For optimal results, serve chilled and sip straight from the bottle.
Appellation: North Coast
Residual Sugar: 0g
Bottle Size: 6.3 oz
Usual Reserve Brut, Pauli Ranch, Mendocino County, 187ml
Tasting Notes: Enjoy our first aged sparkling wine. Using an extended Charmat method to capture natural carbonation for a finer bubble and silkier mouthfeel, Brut Reserve is a truly elevated experience. Bright, yet bold, with no added sugar and an entire year of flavor development and texture. Tart lemon flavors mature into bright lemon cake notes with hints of buttery brioche crust. Fresh pineapple notes evolve into roasted pineapple with touches of caramelization. A real treat for special occasions at every occasion.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Pauli Ranch, Mendocino County
Bottle Size: 6.3 oz
2x 2021 Usual Rosé, San Luis Obispo County, 187ml (6.3 oz)
4x Usual Brut Rosé, Mendocino County, 187ml (6.3 oz)
2x Usual Brut, North Coast, 187ml (6.3 oz)
4x Usual Reserve Brut, Pauli Ranch, Mendocino County,187ml (6.3 oz)
Enjoy a mixed pack of the wines that started it all - Red, Rosé, and Brut. Expertly made in small batches from sustainably farmed grapes with no sugar and minimal intervention - the real way. Perfect for sampling, sharing, or pairing with every mood and meal.
We curate sustainably farmed grape varieties from different regions to show off all the delicious nuances California’s microclimates have to offer - warm and coastal for the Rosé, and cool, misty mountains for the Red. The premise is nothing new: source the tastiest grapes, treat them right, and let them shine.
Wine great enough to drink every day needs a perfect by-the-glass bottle. At 6.3 oz., each bottle gives you a fresh, full glass (and candidly, a bit more). The wine itself is seasonably made in small batches, not in vats mixed with sugar and chemicals. You know what they say about good things…
This means that the cork of the bottle has been infected with a bacteria called Trichloroanisole (‘TCA’ for short). A ‘corked’ wine will smell and taste like musty cardboard, wet dog, or a moldy basement.
Also, since government taxes on each year, wineries don’t like to lay down their wines for 10 years like they used to (for most reds). So many have wines that are “Drink Now”, and Screw Caps are cheaper than corks.
@MarkDaSpark@somf69 Also, for what it’s worth, I have bought many brands of single-serve sparkling wine at various price points. All of them have either come in a can or a screw-top bottle. I am pretty sure I have never seen a legit cork in a single-serve bottle.
@Cerridwyn I’m not that into wine so I don’t buy expensive wine, so the bottle often influences the selection. I love unique bottles, and I can melt pretty glass into other things. Too bad my state practices its anti-government overreach as not allowing its citizens to engage in free commerce with the rest of the nation, else I’d love a set of these.
So, the same amount of wine found in four 750 ml bottles. Since I’m not a wine connoisseur, I have no idea whether this is a good deal or not. But then again, it is my impression that a wine connoisseur would want more information. Or maybe they wouldn’t. I don’t know. And I don’t think that bothers me.
@werehatrack I am a wine connoisseur. I can say with a certain degree of authoriTAH that this is not the kind of wine a connoisseur would need that much information about. This is the kind of wine a connoisseur would have on hand for guests who don’t know anything about wine but guess they’ll have some, guests who prefer their wine on the rocks, or wives who like to make some kind of mimosa or another, but not a whole 750 mL bottle worth right now… I think I’m in for a case.
@shahnm Most of the wine here is consumed by being incorporated into recipes for food. Every once in a while, I pick up one of the fruity flavors at Aldi. Because I am a wine heathen, and don’t know from good. (Except that I have some fondness for a late harvest cab sauv.)
@gio D’oh! Mental conversion fails again. I blame the US infatuation with the obsolete Imperial measurement system. That, and the fact that I didn’t scroll all the way to the bottom where the figures were
so that would make these $16.67/btl, and seemingly a bit $$ for what these seem to be, but ymmv; but I don’t know what these generally sell for. fwiw. However all the numbers look solid.
@gio@rjquillin@werehatrack these retail and sell for more than double Meh’s price, even if you find and add a 10% off discount code.
They have a lot of great reviews.
So just over $4 for a large glass of good wine is a deal.
Most decent wines are over $16 a bottle, if not a lot more.
@lonocat@rjquillin@werehatrack I don’t trust internet hype, so I’m still waiting to hear from Mehtizens who have previously tried this company’s offerings. That said, I usually drink still wines, so doubt I’d buy this deal unless community reviews are stellar.
@gio@rjquillin@werehatrack There’s always a substantial premium for single-serve bottles. IIRC, last I checked, a 750ml bottle of Cook’s is about $7-8, but the 4-pack of 187ml bottles is now over $12.
You pay a lot extra to be able to drink a single glass of freshly-opened sparkling wine.
For comparison, Costco often has 12-pack*187ml of Italian Prosecco for $30. Brands have varied. Generally not bad quality, similar to what would be a $8-12 Prosecco. So at equivalent $10/750ml that is not bad. This offer is priced quite a bit higher, though… my main reason for hesitation.
@gio@pmarin@rjquillin@werehatrack I would hope it’s better than Cook’s, too. I just picked it because it’s one of the only brands I know that sells both full-size and mini bottles locally.
I did not know that about Costco. Thanks for the tip!
@OnionSoup@werehatrack I feel your pain. I long ago came to realize that you can’t really edumaficate the wine-icers to stop doing that. Best thing is to just let it be. Let them do them. Keep a stock of “wine” around that won’t give you heartache when they desecrate it. If it comes in an interesting bottle, all the better. They’ll think you’re treating them to the fancy stuff to top their ice with…
@catcakie@kawichris650 Don’t live in California, then. Everything is known by the the state of California it cause cancer and deflate your tires. Or something like that.
Also, being alive is bad for health. I fully agree that we should do what we can to avoid extra damage to our bodies, but it’s not feasible to avoid all possible badness. (To be clear, I agree with your avoidance of alcohol for health reasons.)
@catcakie@CraigDanger Back in the eras before water treatment and distribution systems were installed in major cities, it was often demonstrably safer to drink mildly alcoholic beverages than it was to drink the water that came out of public wells. From this, the common and widespread European habit of preferring wine over water, or beer where that was preferred, became embedded in social custom. It doesn’t mean that wine and beer were good for you, it just means that there was a time when they were better for you from a safety standpoint than the water that you could easily get. And if your water source was a surface pond, stream, lake, or whatever, then the wine or small beer was always going to be a better bet.
@catcakie@CraigDanger@werehatrack For whatever it’s worth, I looked up the WHO statement from 2023, and their definition of moderate consumption, which was the lowest consumption level they discussed, was about 1.5L of wine a week.
I would consider that a lot, personally.
@catcakie@CraigDanger@werehatrack Probably still better for you than the water in the deep south city I live in. It was coming out brown for 4 or 5 hours the other day. Water pressure still isn’t normal. And last year we had no water at all for around 6 weeks (scattered over various months including mid day christmas eve through new years) and in total about 4 or so months of boil water notices.
@neuroticsilence Same. Sometimes I really want some bubbles, but I’m always the only one so I end up skipping it rather than opening a whole bottle. I’m a fan of single-serve wine in general these days. For a while I found myself drinking more (even ove the course of a few days) than I otherwise would have just because of the size of wine bottles.
@PocketBrain Yeah. I had to quit Casemates because 75% of my deliveries were marked as “undeliverable” even though I was at home. UPS won’t deliver anything heavy or requiring a signature to my house and it’s an extra $10 if I want to pick it up myself from a UPS location.
I love trying new sparkling wines, and the zero dosage (no sugar added) is exactly my type as the sugar often covers up a number of other interesting flavors in the wine.
The price isn’t bad; $50 for 2.25L or the equivalent of $17/full bottle, $8/half or $4/single-glass bottle. I don’t drink alone so then you’re at two glasses, and at that point just get a half-bottle, 375ml. You can get solid quality champagne at $27 a half-bottle all day long (Piper-Heidsieck) and half-bottles of cheaper options like Moet for $23. Or good Sauternes for the same… Plenty of excellent options in the $20-25 range for a half, aka the MSRP of this stuff. This is not those - not close - don’t buy it at retail - but Meh has it for $8/bottle.
At $8/half, this is nearer to La Marca ($9/half), a decent bottle of mead ($14/half), Gruet ($12/half)… will it be better than those? That’s what I’m struggling with. If tomorrow I saw a great sale on Gruet halves for eight bucks per I wouldn’t snatch up a case. Hmm.
Not that it’s relevant, but in 1984 I had a strong feeling that our college football team would break an eight game losing streak to that red one, so I stuck a 187ml of something like Moët brut nv in the waistband of my band uniform to smuggle it into the stadium.
With about a minute and a half to go the game was in the bag, so I pulled out the bottle and started to loosen the muselet.
Because the bottle was warm and shaken the cork immediately started to come out. I gripped the bottle tightly and pushed down with my palm to keep the cork in. It was a struggle.
A minute and a half doesn’t seem long, but this was a football game, so it seemed as if I was fighting that cork for hours.
Finally the game ended and I was able to execute a controlled extraction of the cork. There was even some champagne left. I drank it and then got my piece of the hedge.