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Anyone tried Stacked wine?

Midlife Aug 27, 2012 04:24 PM

This is a relatively new product on the market and comes in individual 187ml sealed sups, stacked (hence the name) 4 high. And NO it's not the product that was featured on Shark Tank. I suppose I could invest $14.99 for a pack, but there are 3 varieties so, that'd be $45 for a trial of each.

So............. if anyone here has tried Stacked.................. what did yo think of it? If you can. what other wine would you compare it to in terms of quality? Even with a lot thrown in for the special packaging, it 'should' be a reasonable $10/bottle wine. Or at least one would hope so.

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    RicRios RE: Midlife Aug 27, 2012 06:54 PM

    Stacked Wines Pinot Grigio NV:
    Wine Tasting Notes
    Exhibits terrific fruit aromas balanced with an elegant sweet violet floral note. On the palate, soft fruit like white peaches, green apple and, funny enough, fresh grapes shine. The wine wraps up crisply and cleanly but leaves a refreshing soft minerality on the finish. The wonderful soft fruit of the Pinot Grigio is sure to please.

    Stacked Wines California Merlot NV
    Wine Tasting Notes
    Exhibits tasty fruit flavors like red plum, red raspberry and cherry. Not to be overshadowed by the beautiful fruit, the Merlot has a light toasted oak that brings a soft cedar and tobacco note that adds a surprising layer of sophistication. It has a mellow tannic structure and medium body that provides just enough power to grip the senses balanced with enough restraint to make it very easy to drink.


    Stacked Wines California Chardonnay NV
    Wine Tasting Notes
    Refreshing and clean with bright ripe citrus like Meyer lemon and Key lime. With tropical fruits like ripe kiwi and green mango, this Chardonnay is going to excite the taste buds. It showcases the bright fruit and is balanced with a light touch of oak and a soft creamy mouth feel. Flavorful without being overpowering.


    Sorry, Midlife, can't stop laughing.

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    1. re: RicRios
      goldangl95 RE: RicRios Aug 27, 2012 07:06 PM

      Pinot Grigio described as "soft" ...that's a new one

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        Midlife RE: RicRios Aug 28, 2012 12:03 AM

        So................... the answer is "no"? Liquorama is a SoCal retailer that is apparently handling online sales for Stacked. Those notes read like shelkf-talkers, which is probably exactly what they are.

        I DID read a blog review that said the Chardonnay was "delicious". The concept is unique and has a place in certain levels of retail. If the wine is worth the price, it doesn't have to be amazing.

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        FrankJBN RE: Midlife Aug 28, 2012 08:22 AM

        "sealed sups"

        What does this describe?

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          Midlife RE: FrankJBN Aug 28, 2012 08:58 AM

          It describes a typo. Should be "sealed cups".

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            FrankJBN RE: Midlife Aug 28, 2012 09:11 AM


            In that case, sounds a bit shabby. Something for which I would not pay $15.

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              goldangl95 RE: FrankJBN Aug 28, 2012 10:14 AM

              Agreed. They are basically competing with the wine cooler/fun fruity drinks in bottles market - and yet the packaging is not competitive nor intriguing for that. It's a "cute" idea but I doubt it will sell very well (now revamping box wine to make a sleeker, trendier product? I think that has real potential).

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                Midlife RE: goldangl95 Sep 4, 2012 11:29 AM

                It's ideal packaging for a tourist area where people want a glass of wine to 'take out' but the law doesn't allow open containers. I've now tasted the Chardonnay but the container was a 'leaker' so I don't think I can comment yet on the taste.

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                  FrankJBN RE: Midlife Sep 4, 2012 11:41 AM

                  Once you open it, it becomes an illegal open container, so I don't see how this would be ideal in that situation.

                  That you had a "leaker" is of prime importance as this is a product of a packaging company not a wine company.

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                    Midlife RE: FrankJBN Sep 4, 2012 12:06 PM

                    No real intention to argue here (I don't really have a horse in this race), but.....................
                    - there are restaurants where I work (a wine shop on the ocean) that don't have alcohol licenses. People can buy these wines and open them THERE. No open container violation.
                    - AFIK California's open container law does not apply to restaurants. ...... if the wine is not opened until it is on restaurant property.
                    - "this is a product of a packaging company not a wine company." - Have you never had a bottle of 'real' wine that was a leaker? Not sure why you would so easily think poorly of a product that offers a new packaging idea for a 'beverage' that also comes in boxes with a plastic bag inside.......... not that I think the wine is likely to be earth-moving. In a world where Trader Joe's sells close to 20 million cases of Two-Buck-Chuck a year, this stuff might be decent. Just sayin'.

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                      FrankJBN RE: Midlife Sep 4, 2012 12:34 PM

                      Don't have a horse in this race? Funny, I thought I was disagreeing a with a statement you made. By making a public pronouncement, you, in effect, said "Let's race."

                      "for a tourist area where people want a glass of wine to 'take out' but the law doesn't allow open containers"

                      "take out" Just to be clear, you did not broach the subject of wine in restaurants and wine shops until I pointed out the faulty premise of your earlier post.

                      "Have you never had a bottle of 'real' wine that was a leaker?" No. Nor have I purchased wine in a bottle that was touted as brilliant and innovative in the field of bottled wine.

                      The reason that the fact that the packaging leaked is more important when the packaging is produced by a company that is producing the packaging not the product that is packaged should be obvious.

                      Innovative packaging should work, especially if the product is secondary to the packaging in marketing. The concept here is all about the packaging, not the product(wine).

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                        Midlife RE: FrankJBN Sep 4, 2012 02:14 PM

                        Whatever! Not in the mood to follow this over a subject not really worth it. Somehow this has gotten out of hand. I could, however, ask who $#%!-ed in your Wheaties this morning. ;o]

            2. re: Midlife
              Bill Hunt RE: Midlife Sep 14, 2012 09:00 PM


              Do they come with little plastic straws, like the Sophia, and similar?

              Personally, I think that wine packaging is the new Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, etc., of a few decades ago, but maybe I am wrong.


              PS - I have not encountered these "stacked wines," so might well be wrong.

              1. re: Bill Hunt
                Midlife RE: Bill Hunt Sep 15, 2012 10:03 AM

                Bill, the wine comes in a sealed globe-shaped "glass" made of plastic, with a seal similar to those on yogurt or similar containers. Each one is 187ml, about the size of a typical Italian wine glass.

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                  Bill Hunt RE: Midlife Sep 15, 2012 06:53 PM


                  To date, I have not seen those.


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            STACKEDwines RE: Midlife Aug 28, 2012 01:13 PM

            While our packaging often steals the spotlight, our wine stands on its own. We are proud of the wines that we offer and believe our wines compete with any similarly priced wines. In fact, we recently won a Bronze medal at the LA Wine & Spirits competition for our Chardonnay.

            We'll be doing a demo at The Bruery Provisions this weekend (9/1-9/2) from 1pm-4pm during the Orange Street Fair. Anyone that is located in Orange County, please feel free to stop by and ask for a sample!


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              Midlife RE: STACKEDwines Aug 28, 2012 01:28 PM

              Thanks. The Bruery doing wine? That's interesting all by itself. I hope I'll be able to swing by.

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                STACKEDwines RE: Midlife Aug 28, 2012 02:10 PM

                Yes, The Bruery actually sells quite a few wines at their Orange store! Hope you're able to make it.

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                  Midlife RE: STACKEDwines Aug 28, 2012 03:44 PM

                  I'm only familiar with the Placentia location. Glad you posted again.

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                kagemusha49 RE: STACKEDwines Aug 28, 2012 01:55 PM

                Isn't winning a bronze for Chardonnay kinda like getting Miss Congeniality or a prize for attendance?

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                  STACKEDwines RE: kagemusha49 Aug 28, 2012 02:18 PM

                  There were 14 entries in the Chardonnay category, so Bronze isn't so bad.

                  1. re: STACKEDwines
                    kagemusha49 RE: STACKEDwines Aug 28, 2012 09:38 PM

                    Ain't so good too.

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                      Midlife RE: STACKEDwines Aug 29, 2012 12:16 AM


                      Welcome to the fun world of Chowhound. Thick skins are helpful. Not on grapes necessarily, but helpful.

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                        Bill Hunt RE: Midlife Sep 14, 2012 09:06 PM

                        When you mentioned "thick skins," I envisioned Muscadine, or Catawpa... [Grin]

                        Glad that you clarified.

                        Now, I have a serious question: as I have not seen this wine in AZ (sounds like CA-only), are there any downtown San Francisco retailers? Heck, for a few $'s, I'll pick some up, just to taste for myself. I seldom have an auto, unless heading out to "wine country," so SOMA, or Union Square territory would be useful.



                        1. re: Bill Hunt
                          Midlife RE: Bill Hunt Sep 15, 2012 09:57 AM

                          So far only in SoCal.


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                            Bill Hunt RE: Midlife Sep 15, 2012 07:08 PM

                            OK, guess that I need to wait a bit, before I give it a try.



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                              zin1953 RE: Bill Hunt Oct 9, 2012 03:33 PM

                              I haven't seen any, but -- then again -- I am most certainly NOT their target audience . . .

                2. pamf RE: Midlife Oct 9, 2012 02:04 PM

                  Chow's Supertaster tried it so we don't have to:


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                    ChefJune RE: pamf Oct 10, 2012 11:15 AM

                    heheheh. nice to see how the whole thing looks. interesting they filled those glasses to the brim. That's never going to give the best taste to a wine, even a mediocre one. Probably should pour out about half into another glass and try again. I know, that defeats the purpose of the packaging, but.... if they made the glasses larger than the 4 ounces they're putting into each, once opened, the drinker would be able to let it breathe before drinking.

                    Or, maybe it's so bad nothing would help?

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                      Midlife RE: ChefJune Oct 10, 2012 11:40 AM

                      In fairness, ANY glass of wine would spill (if not break) if you dropped it. The point of this wine seems to be much more about convenience than anything else. Granted....... you can't swirl it to open up the aromas and flavors, but I'm not at all sure that would make the wine itself any more interesting.

                      I've tried two of the 4 'flavors' and found them on par with 'supermarket' wines in the upper single digit prices. So............. IMHO........ half the price is for the packaging.

                      And, again....................... whenever I find myself questioning the quality of a wine such as this one I have to remind myself that it's about what the consumer is happy with, not what I'd drink. We live in a world where TJ's sells something like 20 million cases a year of Charles Shaw, so MY preferences are only relative.

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                        ChefJune RE: Midlife Oct 10, 2012 01:06 PM

                        I wasn't saying anything about the quality of the wine... I'm just guessing. ;)

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                          RicRios RE: Midlife Oct 10, 2012 01:43 PM


                          your mention of TJ's selling 20 million cases of 2 Buck Chuck reminded me of a T-shirt I saw the other day:

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                            Midlife RE: RicRios Oct 10, 2012 05:15 PM

                            Harsh! ;o]

                      2. re: pamf
                        Bill Hunt RE: pamf Oct 10, 2012 08:06 PM

                        OK, glad that I am not required to taste Stacked Wines then.


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