New Year, new me! Right? WRONG! You know that you are going to to do the same thing you do every year. You make a resolution to get healthier and will vow to “never drink again” the day after you party. Two weeks later, you’ll be back to your old ways. So, just own up to it and find an alternative to failing. Today, I introduce to you a couple of wines from FitVine. (Make sure to check out the end of the post for a little New Year’s surprise!)
FitVine is a new producer in my book. I haven’t really heard about them until earlier this year when someone shared a link to their site on Facebook. After looking into them, I figured that they were worth a shot for a review. I reached to get more information and one of their co-founders, Mark Warren, replied back with a ton of information regarding their wines.
“All our wines have no additives, as the US government now allows 76 different additives, no chemicals and all the grapes are non-gmo and pesticide free (not certified organic yet). We do an extended fermentation of the wine and double filter it with top of the line filtering. The wines are gluten free and vegan friendly. They have no residual sugar bringing calories and carbs down by approximately 1/3 and only about 1/3 the sulfites. Most wines are at 75ppm-150ppm (parts per million), our wines are at 35ppm. We did all this without lowering the alcohol and affecting taste- both whites are at 13.4% and red at 13.9%. Our goal in creating FitVine, was to bring great tasting clean wines to the active lifestyle.”
After reading his response, I was very interested in knowing if they tasted like some of the other “low cal” brands I’ve tried in the past. Well, time to get my lazy ass to work on this review. I’ll starting with the Chardonnay. Note: If you would prefer to watch a video of the review instead, then click here to watch the review on the Wine on the Dime YouTube channel.
Price: $16 (…or is it?…)
To ensure that I didn’t hurt myself in this review. I did a solid warm-up before opening the bottle. This consisted of stretching to reach my Govino glasses in the cabinets, big yawns, and walking to and from my desk a couple of times to ensure that the blood was flowing…and because I kept forgetting things I needed to do the review.
I poured a sample and held it up to the light. It looked like a typical chardonnay. It wasn’t some girly man looking wine with a weak shade. It had a solid yellow color and great clarity. The fact that there wasn’t a surprise in the color resulted in push-up of joy! (Yes…singular.)
I held the glass up to my nose to check out the aroma. I then repeated this about motion about 7,250 more times to have lifting this two ounce glass match what I normally do on “arm day”…and by what I normally do, I mean what I used to do when I worked out. During this set, I did pick out that there were some lemon notes and a little bit of pear.
I moved on to the taste test and started some squats. *squat* *sip* *squat* *sip*
The Chardonnay had obvious citrus (lemon) notes, with medium acid and a short finish that let the pear peak out a little. After a few sips, I didn’t pick out anything new but the squats gave a good burn that I would feel for days. GAINS!!!
Rating: Enjoy Again
With burning muscles and sweat dripping off my brow, I decided to that it was time to move on to the Pinot Noir.
FitVine Pinot Noir
Price: $20 (…or is it?…)
After all the hard work in the last tasting, I decided to do a little cooldown on this sample. I entered warrior pose and held out the sample of the Pinot. As the light from the room hit the glass, I saw that it had a light red color and possessed a semi-transparent quality to it. I held the pose a little longer so I could admire the clarity.
To test the smell, I decided to put the glass on the ground and enter child’s pose. My deep, rhythmic breaths pulled in the earthy, musty notes of the wine. After many minutes, I still had a hard time picking out the fruit notes, but I’m sure those would come out in the tasting.
Entering into to tree pose, I tasted the sample in my glass. It was clean with medium acid, and a short-medium finish. Though it was still difficult to pick out a flavor, I do speculate that there is black cherry present in the wine. Of course, I could have thought that was there since I was light headed from all the human origami I had just put myself through…
Rating: Try Again
Overall, I’m pretty impressed with FitVine. You normally don’t put descriptors like “high quality” and “diet food” together, but it worked out in this case. (pun intended)