- Slide 1
2005 Apex Merlot Columbia Valley A beautiful dark ruby color in the glass, this Merlot radiates the varietal fruit that has made this grape a Washington standout. The bright cherry is highlighted by oak spice filling the nose, while mouth- filling flavors coat the palate. Round, supple tannins make this wine instantly consumable.
- Slide 2
2006 Heron Merlot California To balance the lush, ripe California fruit with just the right amount of oak, they fermented and aged this wine in a combination of stainless steel and new and used French barrels. This allowed the true character of both the vineyards and varietal to shine through. Look for red and black cherries, dark plum, a touch of vanilla, and soft tannins.
- Slide 3
2006 Rombauer Merlot Napa Valley Deliciously rich and concentrated. It has layers of black cherry, plum, clove, and cinnamon in both the aroma and flavor. The wine has a long finish of cherry and plum with a light vanilla note from oak aging. Supple tannins add to the wine's character.
- Slide 4
2006 Terra Blanca Merlot Dusty tones of black cherry and toasted oak intermingle on the nose. Velvety layers of ripe blueberry and blackberry are framed by earthy layers of soft tannins. Dried cherries and light smoke notes melt with soft clove on the extensive balanced finish
- Slide 5
2007 Castle Rock Merlot Napa This elegant wine has a deep ruby color and velvety textures. The complex flavors of blackberries, cocoa, spice, with wood notes of sweet French oak along with hints of cedar unite to form a long, smooth, harmonious finish.
- Slide 6
2007 Fidelitas Merlot Columbia Valley Aromas of red cherry, strawberry, bramble and dried herbs fill the glass, while the palate is more intense and concentrated with darker cherry and currant tones surrounded by cocoa, allspice and cedar. The palate is lush and pretty with fine grained tannins, and great aging potential. Drink now through 2017.
- Slide 7
2007 Sagelands Merlot Columbia Valley Bright garnet-color Merlot displays a vibrant nose of ripe Bing cherry and mixed berries with notes of violet and cocoa. Sagelands Vineyard is one of only a handful of Washington State wineries that blends the five classic red Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
- Slide 8
2007 Stag's Leap Merlot Napa Valley This wine’s richness and depth of flavor is announced in a bouquet of cherries and blackberry pie interwoven with violets and allspice. In the mouth the layers of flavor unfold both vertically and horizontally, with overtones of toffee and spice playing off the main notes of cherries and cassis as fine tannins carry the flavor array through the velvety finish.
- Slide 9
2007 Wild Horse Merlot Another exceptional year for Merlot. The wine is reminiscent of the 2001 vintage, with bright, intense aromas of red plum and Bing cherry. On the palate, flavors are dominated by cherry, mocha, and cedar, while the firm mid-palate structure will soften as the year progresses.
- Slide 10
2007 Wineglass Cellars Merlot A nose of raspberries and pepper, big spicy cherry middle, with hints of licorice and a long, creamy finish. Balanced and exquisite. The long tradition continues. Silver Medal Washington State Wine Competition.
- Slide 11
2007 Woodward Canyon Merlot Deep red color, ripe bing cherry, and subtle chocolate mocha flavors. Vanilla spice and cream notes from new barrels is noticeable, but not over the top, and the finish is long and generous. With proper cellaring this wine should be enjoyable for six to eight years.
- Slide 12
2008 Charles Krug Merlot Napa Valley This wine is aged for 17 months in small French oak barrels and expresses wild berry and blueberry aromas, with a touch of roasted pecans. An artful blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot compose this balanced wine giving it a chewy texture and an intense yet lengthy finish. Enjoy this wine with dishes such as beef ribs and grilled salmon.
- Slide 13
2008 Sebastiani Merlot Sonoma Valley The aromas consist of blueberry and black cherry fruit with elements of vanilla and char from the barrels. Vanilla and mocha flavors coupled with “bigger” jammier fruit are framed by solid tannins and acidity.
- Slide 14
2009 Barnard Griffin Merlot This Merlot is very deep and rich. The aromas of black current and blackberries are predominant with a hint of toasted oak. This Merlot is big and massive in the glass. This wine drinks great now and has some punch worthy of 8-10 years aging.
- Slide 15
2009 Bonterra Merlot Organic Bonterra Merlot Organic 2009 offers a dry, vaguely woodsy spice. Its narrow finish is said to be accented with a touch of greenness.
- Slide 16
2009 Nelms Road Merlot Flavors of ripe cherries and other red fruits marry nicely with spice and vanilla from French and American barrels.
- Slide 17
2009 Three Rivers Merlot Columbia Valley A beautifully balanced wine. Cocoa, black cherry and vanilla are among the many characteristics that typify this Merlot. This complex wine is very approachable now but will continue to develop with age. The fruit is sourced from six different vineyards from throughout the Columbia Valley.
Presenting Copa Di Vino
Copa Di Vino is based in the Columbia River Gorge in The Dalles, OR. The company produces a convenient portable product in a new and exciting way. The product is
wine in a glass
. A selection of high quality wines are sold in glasses with a sealed top that is peeled away when you want to drink the wine.
While celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary in France, founder and owner James Martin and his wife Molli who own two other wineries were traveling aboard a high-speed train when they first saw the wine bottle in a glass product. The couple were captivated by the ingenuity of the idea as it created a simple way to access a glass of wine on the move, at a function in a convenient spill proof package.
On their return to the USA, James could not stop thinking about the product he had seen and started thinking that single servings of beer had been available for the longest time, in bottles and in cans. Therefore, there was no reason why a single serving of wine should not be as popular and successful. He saw a huge market opportunity and realized the product would be perfect for outdoor stadium venues, picnics and barbeques.
Copa Di Vino Innovation
James thought of nothing else for the best part of a year and then decided to go ahead and develop the technology.
However, he quickly learned that bottling
wine in the glass
was not as easy as it seemed. Eventually he turned to the inventor of container he had originally seen in France, Pascal Carvin. Rather than reinventing the wheel, the two formed a partnership – Pascal would provide the technology and James would provide the determination and drive to make the launch a success.
Copa Di Vino Collaboration
Two years later, James and Pascal proudly launched
Copa Di Vino
, which means “
wine by the glass
”. They quickly became the World Champion Best Wine Bottle and the first winery ever to win the prestigious DuPont Award for Excellence in Innovation.
James’ involvement with wine stems from being the founder and owner of Quenett and Silver Salmon two boutique wineries that craft fine select varietals from vineyards along the shores of the Columbia River in Oregon.
James is also currently restoring the historic Sunshine Mill in The Dalles, a 130-year-old property which serves as headquarters for all wineries incorporating a tasting room and manufacturing facility for Copa di Vino.
Copa Di Vino Product Details
The website is very concise and clear about
Copa di Vino
and gives you all the facts you need to know. However, it is not until you get into the nitty gritty of the product details that you are informed that the plastic used for the Copa di Vino container is 100% recyclable PET plastic. This green selling point could have let the website user know sooner in these environmentally conscious days.
Copa Di Vino
wine by the glass
is a brilliantly simple idea. Wine lovers can now delicious, premium quality wine that has been bottled directly into an attractive, eco-friendly, single-serving container. Just peel back the lid to drink and enjoy.
Copa Di Vino has the look and feel of glass, but is made of 100% recyclable PET plastic. This makes it perfect for all occasions where carrying a bottle of wine, a corkscrew, and an extra glass is not convenient – like stadiums, golf courses, camping, the beach, or picnics. Copa Di Vino is just as comfortable at home – Copa allows you to enjoy a glass of fresh wine without having to open an entire bottle.
Copa Di Vino is available in assorted varietals, icluding Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel, and Riesling. The 6.3-ounce glasses are sold as singles, and by cases of 12.
The range of varietals available as Copa di Vino are:
A sense of restraint is shown here in a wonderful way. The Cabernet Sauvignon focuses on WA fruit flavours without being overripe and heavy like so many nondescript wines today. It reveals aromas and flavours of slightly dusty, red cherry and berry up front followed by a more powerful black cherry undercurrent.
This wine has a nose of golden delicious apple and oak notes. It is a medium weight palate with apple and smooth tropical flavours.
Columbia Valley Merlot is known for its high quality and distinct sense of place. Copa Di Vino’s Merlot delivers this with its dark fruit and terroir-driven nose leading into a balanced pallet of black plum and berry flavours.
Clean and focused with dominate apple and pear flavours. Refreshing on a hot day!
WA Riesling shines here! Loaded with richly sweet fruit up front, followed by brisk acidity that balances the weight of the wine. Flavours persist long after wine is swallowed.
Copa’s package lends itself perfectly to sipping this style of wine just about anywhere! Beautiful pink colour and sweet strawberry flavours dominate.
The variety of different wine types means there is a drink for everyone to suit their preferences and if you are buying for an outdoor event, you can guarantee satisfaction for all wine drinkers.
In 2011 Copa di Vino was presented on
(March 20th and April 22nd) and the Shark’s were enormously enthusiastic about the packaging method of the wine but were not interested in the total package. They saw potential in the packaging and not the wine so Copa di Vino left the
with no investment.
The website invites you to “be a Shark” by seeing and hearing behind the scenes information from the show so you can be the judge of whether Copa di Vino were right to leave without the offers.
The company gives a friendly feel; the website is inviting and encourages you to take a real interest in the development. You get the impression they value their website visitors, which in turn makes you want them to succeed. The product is honest, clever, and innovative and should go from strength to strength.