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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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  1. 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.
    ...
    http://www.liquorama.net/stacked-wine...

    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.

    http://www.liquorama.net/stacked-wine...

    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.

    http://www.liquorama.net/stacked-wine...

    ROFLMAO!
    Sorry, Midlife, can't stop laughing.

    2 Replies
    1. re: RicRios

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

      1. re: RicRios

        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.

      2. "sealed sups"

        What does this describe?

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        1. re: FrankJBN

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

          1. re: Midlife

            Aah.

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

            1. re: FrankJBN

              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).

              1. re: goldangl95

                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.

                1. re: Midlife

                  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.

                  1. re: FrankJBN

                    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'.

                    1. re: Midlife

                      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).

                      1. re: FrankJBN

                        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

              Midlife,

              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.

              Hunt

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

              1. re: Bill Hunt

                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.

                 
                1. re: Midlife

                  Midlife,

                  To date, I have not seen those.

                  Hunt

          2. 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!

            http://www.brueryprovisions.com/
            http://www.orangestreetfair.org/

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            1. re: STACKEDwines

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

              1. re: Midlife

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

                1. re: STACKEDwines

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

              2. re: STACKEDwines

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

                1. re: kagemusha49

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

                  1. re: STACKEDwines

                    Ain't so good too.

                    1. re: STACKEDwines

                      STACKEDwines,

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

                      1. re: Midlife

                        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.

                        Thanks,

                        Hunt

                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                          So far only in SoCal.

                          http://stackedwines.com/stores

                          1. re: Midlife

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

                            Thanks,

                            Hunt

                            1. re: Bill Hunt

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

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

                  http://www.chow.com/videos/show/super...

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                  1. re: pamf

                    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?

                    1. re: ChefJune

                      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.

                      1. re: Midlife

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

                        1. re: Midlife

                          Midlife,

                          your mention of TJ's selling 20 million cases of 2 Buck Chuck reminded me of a T-shirt I saw the other day:
                          http://www.zazzle.com/eat_shit_a_bill...

                          1. re: RicRios

                            Harsh! ;o]

                      2. re: pamf

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

                        Hunt