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It must be said, that I am not much of a wine expert. However, there is nothing I enjoy more than a beautifully chilled glass of Rose wine after a hard day at work. I have tried several types, but none have struck a chord quite like the Echo Falls White Zinfandel Rose. Lying back on the sofa, cosy pyjamas on, one sip of this exuberant, fruity and flavoursome wine and all the troubles melt away. The Mission Bell winery use fruit for this particular wine from the warm Lodi district of California, which ensures the fruit is perfectly ripe at the time of production, and this comes across in the tasting.
This wine, made in the USA, can be bought from all major supermarkets and even some smaller shops. Personally, I wait for the offers in the local supermarket and buy several bottles at once to last me until the next offer! At usually £5-7 per bottle, the offer can bring the cost down to £4, which is well worth it for this moment of peace and paradise!!
Indeed, this wine can also be bought in the smaller bottles and the larger boxes, which allows you to sample this delicious wine whatever your amount requirement or price budget.
I do enjoy a refreshing glass of chilled wine at the weekend and my wine of choice is usually a Medium White wine or a refreshing Rose, which I will often purchase alongside my grocery shopping from either Tesco or Asda. I have purchased a Rose wine from the well-known "Echo Falls" brand on a few occasions now, and this review outlines my experiences of the "White Zinfandel" wine.
Packaged in a glass bottle with an attractive design, there is a pretty enough label on the bottle that goes some way to offering a fairly eye-catching but simplistic look. The price for the full-sized bottle of Echo Falls White Zinfandel is generally in the region of £5 - £6, and it is widely available from most larger supermarkets and stores. In recent times, I have opted to purchase a smaller sized bottle of the wine for myself, mainly because my husband is not always keen on drinking wine, preferring beers and lagers. I therefore find the smaller bottles - which are a neat 18.7 cl in size are a convenient purchase for such occasions, allowing for two small glasses of wine to be poured from each one. These small bottles generally cost around £1.40, although they have been available for the sum of only £1.25 in my local Asda supermarket in recent times. (Info correct as @ December 2012). I certainly have no complaints in terms of the wine offering excellent value for money and do think it is reasonable and affordable.
The Echo Falls Zinfandel is a very pale colour - more so than other rose wines that I drink regularly, being a sort of pale pink 'blush' colour than anything with a deeper hue. This is an observation rather than a criticism however, and I do think the wine looks refreshing and attractive enough as it is poured from the bottle.
The wine has a very strong smell, although this is something that I find is often the case with Rose wines. The smell is really quite inviting in my view, being quite reminiscent of a berry-like flavour, but with a strong strawberry aroma running through the scent. This is extremely pleasant and gives the wine a very light, refreshing feel that is quite inviting. The light fruitiness detectable in the wine's aroma gives the impression that it is perfectly suited to the warmer summer months, although not exclusively, as I have enjoyed drinking the tipple recently, in the run up to the Festive Season. This versatility makes the wine feel less 'confined' than others that are really more suited to the warmer summer months, in my view.
The taste of the drink is entirely reminiscent of its beautiful aroma, being completely fruit-filled in its initial appearance. The main fruit detectable is undeniably strawberry but without the familiar acidic edge that many strawberry flavours possess. Instead, this strawberry essence is balanced neatly with another fruit flavour which is something berry-like in its essence, and the two work in harmony beautifully, providing a pleasant, fruity foundation for the red grape content to rest upon. The end result is a fruity culmination of flavours, but without any stark sweetness that would no doubt be overpowering and sickly. Instead, the flavour is delicately sweet which gives it a more 'natural' feel than other wines that are packed full of acidic-tasting fruits. This balance suits my own palate perfectly as I do find it is without the slight bitterness that other rose wines possess.
I find there is a 'crispness' to the wine's flavour but this brings no unnecessary sharpness to the drink which is a definite plus point for me, as this allows the flavour to feel much lighter and more pleasant. I do not particularly like dry wines that have an unpleasant bitterness to them in my opinion, but neither do I particularly enjoy drinking wine that is so sweet it feels sickly and overbearing. Neither of these unpalatable traits are present in the Echo Falls White Zinfandel thankfully, so I can sip from my glass much more easily than with other wines that feel extremely harsh in comparison to this one.
The alcohol content of this particular wine is 11% which I think is slightly higher than average. I find that serving the drink chilled is when it tastes at its best - I even have a friend who drinks the wine with ice cubes but chilled is good enough for me. As with most wine bottles, the glass can be recycled.
In summary, I have nothing negative to report about the Echo Falls White Zinfandel whatsoever, mainly because I find it offers a light, refreshing taste that is perfectly suited to my own palate. The fruit flavours contained in this drink are absolutely delicious, with the most notable being the strawberry flavour that is easily detectable in both the aroma and the flavour of the wine. This makes it absolutely ideal for most palates in my opinion, as the fruit offers a pleasant balance to the wine that other brands are distinctly lacking. The Echo Falls wine comes with my full recommendation, together with full marks in the product rating score as a result of my positive experiences.
I have consumed more than a couple of bottles of wine in my adult lifetime, and I'm not really that fussy when it comes to the type of wine, the colour of wine, or the brand of the wine, but my favourite wine of all is this White Zinfandel from Echo Falls.
Echo Falls is a company that produces wine, and has been in business for over 100 years. It is based in California, and does have quite a long list of wines that it produces nowadays, at a relatively reasonable cost compared to the expensive brands. It mainly competes with the likes of Blossom Hill, and is generally of the same sort of standard in my opinion.
This particular bottle of wine is named White Zinfandel, and it is described by Echo Falls on the bottle as being a fresh and fruity wine which is full of berries.
The packaging is quite attractive, as it comes in a normal looking 70cl clear wine bottle, with a standard looking label at the front and back of the bottle, containing the usual info, and a nice golden screw top lid. Inside the bottle the juicy looking pink liquid can be easily noted, and it looks very inviting indeed.
Upon opening the bottle there is a scent of berries, mainly strawberries, but also a hint of raspberries if you smell it carefully, and this is exactly how it tastes too. It is nice and sweet, and juicy to drink, far more so than a standard rose wine, making it more suitable for people that don't usually like wine.
It is a very fruity drink, and goes down extremely easily, so be careful with it, as it almost just tastes like a fruit juice but it is in fact 11% alc / vol. This means that a bottle of this will contain just under 8 units, and it is surprisingly easy to consume a bottle without realising how quickly you are drinking it, especially with today's large wine glasses!
As I am not fussy about my wine I will happily drink this at anytime of the year, but it is especially nice on a hot summer's day, when served chilled. Lemonade can also be added to make it into a spritz, and it is also enjoyable if you pop a strawberry into the glass too, which gives it even more of a juicy and berry tasting flavour.
Overall this is a very pleasant drink from Echo Falls which ticks all the boxes for me. The screw top bottle is a must for me nowadays, as I find them so much easier than corked bottles, which often end up with bits of cork getting into the wine in my experience.
Echo Falls White Zinfandel is readily available from most off licenses and supermarkets, and generally costs around £5:50 - £6:50 for a bottle, so it is worth shopping around for a bargain, although it is often on offer for 2 bottles for £9 at my local off license (which would be rude not to take the offer up!)
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2012
Echo Falls White Zinfandel - usually around the £4 or £5.50 mark in supermarkets (for 750 ml)
It's 11% ABV
it's currently on offer £12 for 3 at Tescos
(It's £3.99 in Quality save of your local town is lucky enough to have one)
Now I have to admit I'm not a wine buff, and I will only really drink rose as I find whites and reds to be too bitter for me. I tend to stick to one or two labels that I have come to know as being nice and 'sweet'. However I have recently been trying to cut back on the grocery spending, and as such have been trying to economise on the more expensive items in the trolley.
The echo falls rose is (according to Echo Falls' website) going to bring cheeky notes of strawberries, and summer berries to the table. I have to admit I've never noticed these. However it does taste really nice and sweet - it goes down easily and doesn't leave a nasty taste in your mouth.
It's a lovely blush colour, which to me really does make a difference - I sent my boyfriend out for a bottle of rose, and he came back with something that was almost florescent - really not to be recommended. It's a California wine and for me it really hits the spot both price wise as well as in the taste department. This wine is great for a ladies night in, and also comes in smaller bottles (18.7 cl - which are on offer at Asda - 4 for £5) for those work nights when you'd love a glass but don't really want or need to open a larger bottle.
Highly recommended as it really does taste good, and it's a bargain price.
I initially tried this was I was given this wine as a gift and have since found out (when perusing the supermarket shelves in search for a second bottle - that it costs just £1.88 per bottle for a small bottle; that being the 187ml size bottle). I think this price is fantastic given that this is such a great wine and the bottles label gives it a much more expensive appearance in my opinion. It is called white zinfandel but it is actually a pink California wine. It has a very pretty slightly pinkish tone.
On to the testing out; not being a regular wine drinker, as to be honest am not too keen on the taste of the majority of wines and that includes red, white and blush. I tend to find them all pretty much too sharp and bitter. I was somewhat surprised when having cooled this in the fridge and poured it out, how refreshing it was; with a exquisitely gently sweet flavour and thirst quenching. It had such a delicate taste on my palate that I could not help but be an immediate fan. It was cool and crisp with a light sweet taste and tasted so fresh in my mouth I was astounded. Normally I have to sip wine as I find the taste so overpowering. However, with this gorgeous Zinfandel it was like a breath of fresh air tasting this. So much so that I have since become a bit of a fan of wine, however I am much more likely to choose a Californian wine and lean towards the Zinfandel. Since trying this, I have also tried the blush Zinfandel that is also lovely albeit somewhat drier.
Another key point is the dinner party I was holding had a relative who normally cannot drink wine due to the fact they always come out in a rash. That being said, having tried this American wine they had no such rash.
Having looked deeper into this it seems that the American wines ban a certain additive to their wines that other countries allow. It is thanks to drinking this wine we found out that it was particular additive that was causing the rash. The relative has since been able to drink this wine without any problems as well as other USA wines.
I am wondering if it is the level of sunshine on the grapes that gives this wine the edge on other wines I have tasted, it is a very nice crisp and tasty product. It goes well with most meals and meats and I have found it to be particularly refreshing at a summer bbq.
So, all in all this is a great buy. Personally, if someone was coming to a dinner party I would rather then bring me a bottle of this over a more expensive red wine any day.
You can get this in most supermarkets and the price varies from £1.88 (for the small bottle - a single serve wine good if you want to just try it before spending out any more). Or if you really like it you can get a large 3litre box of it for £16.48 currently at Asda. You can also get a normal sized 75cl bottle from £5.72 (if you shop around).
A light, sweet refreshing wine and a super sweet buy. I give this 5 stars *****.
First of all, the wine review disclaimer, I am not a wine buff! I am merely an enthusiastic amateur wine drinker, so please don't take this review as the opinion of an expert, its worth about what you're paying for it!
Echo Falls is probably the wine I buy the most often. Its at the lower end of the price range, so a bit of a cheap and cheerful one. I probably wouldn't serve it if I was having a posh dinner party but its a staple among me and my friends for very casual gatherings where the purpose is basically to get a bit tipsy. For that, there's not much point in paying more than a fiver! Echo Falls is generally around £5 in the big supermarkets and often on special offer somewhere if you shop around.
Its not unpleasant tasting at all though, despite being thrifty. Its probably not for sophisticated palates I suppose, its nice and simple! Its very fruity and easy to drink, its not stodgy or heavy at all, its very light and refreshing and it won't leave you feeling bloated or full no matter how big a glass you pour yourself!
I'd say this is a great wine for sharing with friends at more casual and informal parties or gatherings. Its no frills, basic, its not one that'll have the wine buffs impressed, but for people like me who just want a reasonably pleasant tasting wine buzz its just the job. I think this is demonstrated best by the fact that its usually the wine sold at music festivals in little plastic bottles, use that as a guide when deciding if its right for your plans!
Echo Falls is a brand of wine specialising in the production of reds, whites and roses (add accent where applicable) and occupies the mid-range market in the United Kingdom. They don't produce any sparkling wines to my knowledge. At around £5-7 a bottle, and available in every super-market, off-licence, and most other relevant retailers nation-wide, Echo Falls create every-day wines - not really ones for special occasions. The wine is good quality, and hence goes down a treat - this particular variety, the sweet White Zinfandel, is a popular choice, and here's why...
A type of Rose, White Zinfandel combines the fresh, fruity flavours of the standard Rose variety (also produced by Echo Falls) with a slightly less sharp and more sweet 'general taste'. The sharpness is reduced, but the wine still packs a punch - it still has a very tangy undertone and cool freshness simultaneous and strong. The alcoholic ABV content (of 10.5%) doesn't infringe on the taste too much, it just offers a warm after-glow in your throat - a constant reminder of your personal plunge in drunkenness!
White Zinfandel can leave your mouth quite dry and dehydrated. The main way to combat this unfortunate effect is to mix the wine with lemonade, this carries on the sweet theme, but can (for some people) send it over the top - into something tasting far too sweet. Soda water lessens the sweetness and still acts to hydrate you - with a bitter backdrop - it is also a popular choice of mixer. Enjoy these mixers over ice in a tall glass and you have yourself a pub termed 'spritzer'.
A WORD OF WARNING - don't buy this type of wine from a 'dodgy' looking corner-shop. Most of the bottles you'll buy are counter-fit. This, apparently, is an easy wine to mimic - due to its relatively standard taste and simple packaging / labelling, most people won't suspect a thing. Often though, these counter-fit wines can have harmful / damaging ingredients that don't bode well with your system!
Overall, I like the taste of White Zinfandel, but I do find it distinctly sickly after two or three glasses - I can't drink more than that amount in any one evening. It's easy to drink the stuff as it tastes like pop after a few glasses - you can get very drunk very quick, so be careful! I recommend the White Zinfandel variety for those of you with a sweet tooth, but also recommend the Rose and the white Pinot Grigio for anyone after something dryer. Any product - genuine - produced by Echo Falls I trust and recommend as a result!
PRICE: £4.99 (per 75Cl bottle).
AVAILABILITY: tesco.com (online and in-store) and at all local boozers and stores.
So last night was halloween and after work some of us girls decided to go to Yates bar and pub for a few drinks and nibbles! I wanted to get a pitcher of a cocktail or something fun but our manager was getting the first round so she bought this bottle of Rose - Echo Falls White Zinfandel.
It comes in a glass bottle, with a screw top lid and is best served chilled. It is a transparent, off pink colour and to me looks like fruit juice! The label says it is full of berries and I definitely think this is reflected in the taste as it does taste fruity and refreshing. Another big bonus is that it is really drinkable and doesn't have a sharp after taste and 'kick' which is the aspect I don't normally like with other wines. Not that this is a good thing, but I was able to back a glass of this without wincing so meant I got through this quickly so I could move onto fun cocktails!
Opening the bottle I didn't find the scent too overpowering - in fact I didn't really smell much from this wine unless I proper shoved my nose in the glass. It has a mild scent which is subtly fruity but not mega enticing which is the ownly downside for me with this wine :( It's 11% ABV which isn't dramatically high but I did find that after 2 glasses I was particularly tipsy! I actually ended up falling off my chair and although this was slightly more due to my clumsiness and where the chair was positioned but the alcohol sure didn't help in me efforts to get off the floor and hide my head in embarassment!
Cost wise in Yates they charged us a lovely £9.95 for a 750ml bottle when I know it can be bought for anywhere between £4-£7 in supermarkets. Regardless, the wine was nice tasting and I'd have it again so I would recommend it to anyone wanting a cheap and fruity tasting glass of Rose.
I am only an occasional wine drinker and find I can only usually manage a glass, two at most before it starts making feels sickly. One of my favourite drinks in the summer is a nice rose wine spritzer and Echo Falls is a well known and popular brand that is affordable whilst still being drinkable. A 750ml bottle of wine can be bought in a supermarket for around £5, whereas in a pub or restaurant a 175ml glass is more like £3 (definitely one to drink at home!). The White Zinfandel grape is grown and produced in the central valley of California one of the world's warmest wine growing regions.
The thing I like about rose wine and Echo Falls White Zinfandel in particular is that the wine is a light wine, it isn't too heavy and full-bodied like red wine, nor is it too dry like white wine. This rose tends to be quite drinkable and doesn't hit the back of your throat like other wines. As I said, I'm only an occasional wine drinker and often find wines can be an acquired taste whereas with this rose I find that it is quite easy to drink. The flavours in the wine are fruity with hints of strawberry coming through which is probably another reason that I like it. It definitely isn't a sweet wine or dessert wine but it is sweeter than a dry white wine would be. When mixed with a drop of lemonade, it makes a very nice sweet and refreshing drink in the summer in beer gardens or at BBQs. I really only drink it in this way and tend to only drink it in the summer.
For the quality of the wine and the flavour of the wine I think that the Echo Falls White Zinfandel is great value at £5 per bottle. In my naiive wine drinking world, there is little difference in taste between this White Zinfandel and those produced by Gallo Family or Blossom Hill although I suspect proper wineys would disagree with that. Overall, highly recommended from me - a good one to try if you aren't a huge wine drinker.
I don't often drink wine but every now and then I like a wine spritzer with lemonade , just to relax and unwind and be sociable with my friends when they visit they all drink wine and I'm usually the one sat having a cup of tea while we all chat and it's kind of become a challange to my friends to keep bringing differrent bottles of wine to try until they find one I like.
I do actually like this one Echo Falls White Zinfandel with lemonade as it tastes light and fruity and isn't too strong if you add lemonade to it.
The bottle is £4.99 maybe a little less when on offer and can be bought at all supermarkets and off licences as it' is a popular drink.
It's a rose wine from California from the Lodi region which is a grape growing region for wines.
Taste wise it's really nice and as a non wine drinker I'm quiet taken with this as it doesn't taste as strong as a red wine which I have found I definately don't like even when they are mixed with lemonade.
This is good for an evening with friends or to enjoy with a curry or a light meal or snacks at evening when watching the television, i have bought a few bottles afteer trying this as I do like it and think this is one of the wines I will have for drinks at christmas .
I'd be happy to recommend you try it if you already haven't.
I am not a massive drinker, but occasionally I enjoy a nice glass of Rose as it seems to be the only alcohol that I actually like the taste of! For my birthday last year (as it was my 18th) my sister brought me a bottle of this Echo Falls White Zinfandel as its her favourite so she thought I would enjoy it. I have to admit, since that day a year and a half (plus one day) a go, I have loved it and brought it for every night out!
Echo Falls is based in California which did shock me as for some reason I thought it was French. They have been wine making for over 100 years and now have many in their range of wines - all very cheap!
=== Packaging ===
Like most wines, it comes in the typical transparent glass bottle. The name is printed on the front along with the brand, same on the gold sticker around the lid. The bottle is very in keeping with the pink colour of the wine by using pink and gold to colour the labels. I like the fact that the bottle is a screw top so you don't need to fiddle about with a cork. The bottle states clearly the units and percentage of alcohol along with nutritional information.
You need to drink the wine within three days of opening as alcohol goes off quickly and can become poisonous. Best served chilled and apparently with strawberries?
=== Tasting time... ===
After leaving the bottle in the fridge for a few hours-days, I open it and enjoy. Echo Falls claim that it is fresh and fruity - full of berries. When you open the bottle the alcohol scent fills the air along with a lovely fruity berry smell. If you smell it closely you will be able to pick up on the strawberries and raspberries over the others.
Upon sipping the drink, you can tell it is quite sweet which is when it is at its best. I don't really like dry rose. The drink is very much like fruit juice but with the added kick of alcohol. I can't pin point the taste but to me it is very much like Gallo's rose.
Served chilled or with a spritz of lemonade. I usually have a couple of ice cubes in mine to keep it cold for longer on a warm day. I would not mix it with any fruit juices or other alcohol as its bad to mix drinks and doesn't taste nice with other things.
Can you taste the alcohol? I would say yes. Obviously being wine you expect a little kick to it, and it definitely does have this. The taste however isn't strong enough to give you the attractive 'shot face' (also known as the disgusted face pulled when doing a shot or tasting strong alcohol).
=== Alcoholic content ===
At 11%, this is a medium alcohol content compared to other drinks around such as Smirnoff Ice and Vodka. Although, 11% is high and alcohol should not be abused. I cannot comment on whether or not this wine would affect you quickly or not, as everyone handles their alcohol differently. Personally, it hits me after two large glasses and I begin to get tipsy. But someone else may not be affected for longer, or quicker than myself.
=== Occasion ===
The wine is not like champagne where it is more for a special occasion. I would say it could be for whenever. I have drunk this for a night out, dinner with friends or family, weddings and many others. Its a lovely drink which is light and fruity.
=== Price and availability ===
In honesty, I have picked this up from my local bar a few times for £6.95 which is very reasonable but obviously more expensive as they need a profit. When brought from the supermarket (Tesco) it is retailed at £5.49 which is an average price for a bottle of rose, although it isn't bank breaking which is good. The price does vary depending on where you buy it from and savings are always on.
In my opinion, this is a very easy drink which is perfect for any occasion. Its fruity content just triples my love.
Just to point out that this review is based on a wine novice. I am no expert with wines, but I do however like to indulge in a glass (or bottle) on the odd occasion, particularly after a hard week of being a student... Echo Falls seems like the perfect brand for me, as this White Zinfandel of theirs only retails at around £5.50 and is widely stocked throughout supermarkets and alcohol stores, which is the perfect price for me being a student as it is not too expensive.
Due to it not being so expensive, I was not expecting big things from it. I do tend to find that cheaper wines tend to have a vinegar like taste to them, and this is what I was dreading most. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the taste of this rose wine from Echo Falls. I will warn you that it is very sweet, and contains a combination of fruits, particularly focussing on that of berries, which therefore makes this a very light, sweet drink to have throughout the summer months if you are just relaxing in the garden or having a barbecue. Despite the fact that I am a lover of wine, I really do not like the strong, rich tasting wines, and I do acquire these super sweet tasting ones, however I will vouch for the fact that this may be far too sweet for many people, and for this reason I would not recommend it if you are one of those people.
It has a lovely colour to it, a mixture between a blush pink and almost colourless, and I would say that I am very impressed with this wine. Do watch out though, as after a couple you may get drunk... that is if you handle your drink as poorly as I do!
Within the bottle, you receive 75cl, and the alcohol itself is 11% which in itself isn't a particularly high percentage for wine, but is still enough to send you a bit merry. The whole bottle contains 8.3 units of alcohol so I would recommend sharing where possible to avoid you getting a little bit drunk.
If you are wishing to purchase a wine specifically for meals, I would not recommend this. This is more suitable for having a catch up with your friends, or spending the night in. If you were wanting it to accompany food, I would recommended it for light dishes such as salads, as this is what it would accompany best as it is such a light and fruity wine.
Overall, as a student I am very happy with this wine as it tastes lovely and is really cheap to buy. I personally couldn't ask for more! Thanks for reading.
With it being Christmas time at work I usually get some bottles of wine as thank you gifts and was very happy to receive a bottle of Echo Falls White Zinfandel. This is my favourite type of wine and I do love Echo Falls. Echo Falls is a brand that is made in the Mission Bell Winery in California and has been doing so for over 100 years. I don't mind a California wine; I have had a lot of Echo Falls varieties and always find they go down very well.
The bottle is quite tall and has a gold lid which has the winery name printed on it. It then has a white and pink label around the middle with the Echo Falls logo on the front. It has a gold metallic swirl in the middle then the light pink section says the name and year of the wine. If you look to the label on the back it gives a little summary about Echo Falls and that it is 11% Vol and 75cl. It is also 8.3 units in the bottle and contains sulphites.
Before giving my own personal opinion of this wine, it is best to state the official description of the wine to see if I agree. The wine is described as a rose which I obviously knew, it is recommended best served with fresh strawberries, light summer salads and oriental style dishes and seems to be said to be more of a summer wine. However, it is freezing here but I still like the wine so I usually just have a glass whenever as I am not big on drinking wine with a meal.
The wine is fresh and juicy summer fruits and on taking off the lid, it has a strong hint of berries, and is very sweet smelling with the slightest hint of grape. It is very fresh smelling and refreshing and the more I smell I can really smell a hint of summer fruits, strawberries, raspberries and it seems like quite a light blend as the alcohol scent is not too overpowering which is promising.
On pouring this wine into my glass, it has a lovely rosy pink colour to it, quite bold with a hint of red to it but looks very appealing. The fruity blend fills the glass and on taking my first sip I'd say I got a strong taste of blackberries but the more it goes down the softer the taste gets. It has a very juicy taste to it like fruit juice with a blend of alcohol. It is not in any way a strong tasting wine and does seem very fresh and being served chilled really adds to the overall flavour.
I think after having more than one glass of this wine, it does start to hit you a little bit even though you don't notice it with the alcohol taste being so muted. It is however 11% so it is bound to start taking effect but even if you want this as a pre-party drink or a nice glass to sit in one evening to relax I'd say this was the perfect wine to do just that. I will get some more in to sit and have drinks with the family as it was so easy to drink and went down very nicely.
You can buy Echo Falls White Zinfandel from anywhere, off licence, supermarkets or smaller shops. I have seen at Tesco it has an RRP of £5.49 but they are doing a 3 for £12 offer and this wine is included so it makes it only £4 which is a bargain if you are stocking up. You can also buy a case of 6 for £31.26 there but if you buy in the offer you will get 6 for £24 which is a huge £7.26 saving. On Asda's website I couldn't find the bottle of this just their usual Rose which is different but they do the box of White Zinfandel which is £14 on rollback for a 300cl box which again isn't so bad. It is the equivalent of 4 bottles in a box and cheaper than buying the Tesco offer but I do prefer a bottle if I'm being honest.
If you do want more information on the Echo Falls wine range then they have an official website http://www.echofallswine.com
As a student, it's my job to indulge myself in a few cheeky tipples once in a while...and as a student, I'm notorious for searching out the best offers and cheapest options available to me. Tesco is currently running a promotion, where many of its bottles of wine have been reduced to £3.00 (I was evidently in heaven on discovering this!) Amongst the reduced wines were a number of Echo Falls bottles, the White Zinfandel being one of them.
Zinfandel is a type of grape from which the wine is made, and hence it isn't necessarily a rose wine (although the colour may suggest this). Most White Zinfandel wines are off-dry to sweet, and are pink in colour. The entire market share of White Zinfandel wine is similar to that of Mateus Rose Wine within Europe.
My friend and I bought a bottle of the Echo Falls White Zinfandel, as I had previously had the Vendange White Zinfandel and had enjoyed it greatly. In comparison to rose wine, the Echo Falls White Zinfandel is pale in colour; it is a mid pink. It is evident from the colour that it is a sweet wine rather than a dry wine, which suggests that it would be easy to drink.
The wine should be refrigerated (or even popped in the freezer for a little while) before serving - much like a white wine or rose wine. The wine can also be served with ice, which is great in the summer for a really refreshing drink.
On trying the wine, you will immediately notice how sweet it is. It is almost a little tangy. The flavour hits the back of your throat immediately and is almost (but not so much) a little hard to handle at first. However, after a few sips (or gulps!), you become used to the flavour and almost forget that it is a wine at all - it is very easy to drink. The wine is fruity and is very sweet on the palate. However, I must admit I think any more than one or two small glasses is enough - the wine can become overbearing and it has the kind of effect where you lose any sense of taste.
I would definitely recommend the wine as a tasty tipple, but would advise that you mix it with a lemonade and ice to have it as more of a long drink that doesn't numb your taste buds. It is a cheap wine, which makes it even better, but I wouldn't recommend that you serve it at a dinner party by any stretch of the imagination.
All in all, you get what you pay for.
I'm a big fan of American wines, especially rose such as Blossom Hill and of course Echo falls. I like to vary my wines and found that the Echo falls range was really impressive going right from the white zindanfel to the californian rose. I wanted a lively drink to match my personality and this was the perfect one for me.
However, the price can be quite expensive at supermarkets at just over £5 a bottle which is really extorniate unless you get 3 for £10 of this bottle which is well worth it for the taste! I got mine from a local off license for just £3.99 so i was more than happy here. They are decent sized bottles at 75cl with an easy screw on lid which is essential! I hate having to get a cork out and trying to shove it back in so a screw on top is perfect for a quick drink before a night out. The bottle design drew me in as it appeared quite modern and fresh.
As soon as you open this delicious wine you are instantly greeted with a strong fruity, sweet smell that makes you want to just drink it all in one! The smell carrys through right from the bottle to tasting it, and hits your tastebuds with a bounce. The wine itself is quite fruity and can be sweeter than other rose wines but not too much to make your face screw up! The berrys are exquisite in the taste and its quite thirst quencing so you won't be able to stop yourself im telling you that now! The texture is great and its not too dry unlike most rose wines, but instead runs down your throat a treat. This wine is very light and refreshing, really wakes you up and is best accompanied in my opinion with a bit of a spice in your food such as a curry. However, for a night out its nothing too strong thats going to give you a headache!
Overall a delicious, tasty wine suitable for probably more summer time but i have it all year round and it keeps me happy! Cheap priced if you can go to a local off license and really is extremely refreshing.
American Red Wine 2005. 75cl. A lively and fruity rose wine from the United States reminiscent of a fresh summer pudding.