Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Kiss Your Glass Goodbye

You’d love to pair your beach time with your favorite wine. But easily-breakable glass bottles are always a major buzz kill.

Say cheers to the newest wave of wine packaging to hit our Islands’ shores. From re-sealable cardboard boxes to easy-to-chill aluminum bottles, these lightweight, shatterproof containers are sure to put you in the best of spirits.


Lei Chic Think Wines
The Buzz: These eco-conscious wines are harvested using fair trade production from organic vines in Portugal. The Think Pink Rosé offers a vibrant blend of strawberries and cherries while the Think White is fresh with notes of citrus and stone fruits.
The Container:
Lightweight recyclable aluminum bottles that chill five times faster than glass and protect against harsh sunlight, which can make wine taste "skunked".
Buy It At: Whole Foods Kahala, 4211 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, 808.738.0820.


Lei ChicBlack Box Wines
The Buzz: This award-winning California series has garnered a ton of respect for its nuanced flavors and premium-quality. Its delicious range includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and an ultra-popular Merlot which boasts a rich palate of plum, black cherries and smooth, smoky vanilla oak notes.
The Container: A 3-liter bag packed in a cardboard box with re-closeable cap.
Buy It At: Tamura’s Fine Wine and Liquors, 3496 Waialae Ave., Honolulu. 808.735.7100.



Lei Chic Bandit
The Buzz: This tasty line includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and an oh-so-refreshing Pinot Grigio that’s light and crisp with a balanced sweet and tart flavors.
The Container: Innovative, recyclable 1-liter Tetra Paks with re-closeable caps.
Buy It At: Tamura’s Fine Wine and Liquors.



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Mommessin Wine
The Buzz:
This French-made Beaujolais red is light-bodied, fruity and easy to drink.
The Container: A chic little recyclable aluminum bottle complete with a temperature-activated color dot on the label that tells you when the wine is perfectly chilled.
Buy It At: Swam Wine, 98-1277 Kaahumanu St., Aiea. 808.487.7926.


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Fish Eye Wines

The Buzz: This enjoyable California wine line includes a crisp, clean Pinot Grigio and a soft, berry-rich Shiraz.
The Container: A 3-liter collapsible bag tucked into a handy cardboard box with a re-closeable cap that keeps the wine fresh for up to six weeks.
Buy It At: Various Safeway Supermarkets.

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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