By Valerie Jarvie, Contributor
[Ed. note: We’re happy to add wine — or rather, sWine — to our coverage area. Big thanks to our super-knowledgeable contributor, Valerie Jarvie!]
Mild weather already reminds us picnic season is just around the corner. Just in time, is a portable new sipper on the market — actually two! Backpack Wine sent me samples of an innovatively packaged new wine product available in the Dallas — wine in white and rosé blends that come in four-packs of 250-milliliter cans, a lightweight and eco-friendly alternative to heavy glass, perfect for picnics, glamping and pool parties.
Made from grapes sourced from Washington State’s Wahluke Slope, Backpack Wine come in two varieties. Snappy White, a blend of Riesling and a bit of Pinot Blanc, is crisp, light and just a bit sweet, with green apple and Asian pear nuances. It’s tasty chilled and sipped straight, on the rocks or mixed with soda, and a good choice with salads, summer fruits, and spicy Asian, Indian and Cajun foods.
Cheeky Rose, made with Pinot Blanc and Sangiovese grapes, is classic, versatile picnic-friendly wine, with peach and strawberry notes. Straddling white and red wine, it pairs well with barbecue, charcuterie (especially our fave – pork,) salmon and shrimp. Backpack suggests trying their version to complement Italian, Mexican and Spanish food.
Each 250 milliliter can equates to approximately 8 ½ ounces, a generous single serving or shareable for two. Alcohol content is 11.5%. No glass breakage. No cork or even glassware needed, and it comes in slim, recyclable cans that won’t weigh down a purse , backpack or picnic cooler.
Suggested MSRP for a four-pack is $19.99, available locally at Royal Blue Grocery in Highland Park Village, area Sigel’s Fine Wine & Great Spirits locations and Oasis Liquor in Richardson.