Right before BlogHer, I was introduced to CalNaturale wine, which is made from certified organic grapes grown right here in California. I had not tried an organic wine previously (even though I’m an avid wine drinker – it’s pretty much the only alcoholic beverage I drink anymore).
I was really excited to give CalNaturale a try, especially since we made the decision to go all organic, and I know that grapes tend to carry a heavier pesticide load. CalNaturale is available in both Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, and I had the opportunity to try both thanks to generosity of CalNaturale.
I typically drink red wine, so I tried the Cabernet Sauvignon first. It is really good! I can be a little picky about red wine, and the CalNaturale cab did not disappoint! Both Brian and I really enjoyed it. I I only wish it was available in the grocery store in our town. Maybe someday.
The Chardonnay is also nice for a lower price point wine. You can tell it’s still a little young, but it’s good nonetheless. It's a lighter Chardonnay and good ice cold on a hot day. I definitely wouldn’t turn down a glass!
One unique thing about CalNaturale wine, besides the fact that it’s organic, is that it comes in Tetra Pak cartons, and is available in 500 mL and 1 Liter packages (standard wine bottles are 750 mL).
If you aren’t familiar with Tetra Pak cartons, they are made primarily from paper, so they’re recyclable, and require less than half the energy consumed when producing traditional glass bottles. I like Tetra Paks because you can toss them in a picnic lunch and take them places you can’t traditionally take wine packaged in glass. Plus you don’t need a bottle opener.
I do have a little trouble getting the last little bit of fluid out of Tetra Paks, but I’ll trade environmentally friendly packaging for a few drops of wine ☺
CalNaturale organic wines are priced very reasonably at $6.99 for the 500 mL size and $12.99 for the 1 Liter size. You can find a map of CalNaturale Wine retailers here.
If you’ve tried CalNaturale Organic Wine, let me know what you think in the comments below!
I was not compensated for this review, and the opinions expressed are purely my own. Thank you to CalNaturale for providing me with samples to review and to hand out at BlogHer this year!