A Bon Affair Virtual Wine Tasting

*** I received this wine as a sample. ***

Friday, September 11 was a busy day. Truthfully, that was a good thing, as it didn’t let me dwell on the events of 14 years ago. I started with several early morning conference calls, followed by a meeting with a Congressman. From there, I spent the day in meetings or walking back and forth between the House of Representatives side and the Senate side of the U. S. Capitol on my way to meetings. Usually, I plan things so I’m on one side of the Capitol, but after being on vacation for 9 days, there was too much to squeeze in.

Becca from The Gourmez during our Bon Affair virtual tasting

Becca from The Gourmez during our Bon Affair virtual tasting

With all the craziness, though, I still left in time to make my virtual wine tasting date with Becca, The Gourmez. After working out a few technical difficulties, we spent an hour drinking, talking, and laughing…which is exactly what the Bon Affair Sauvignon Blanc Wine Spritzer is perfect for.

Bon Affair was created by Jayla Siciliano because she was looking for an everyday wine option that fit a healthier lifestyle. When she couldn’t find one with a good taste, she created her own. If this sounds familiar to you, it may be because you watched her secure financing from venture capitalist Mark Cuban on the TV show Shark Tank.

Bon Affair wine spritzers are California wine (the white is Sauvignon Blanc and the red is Syrah) and natural mineral water mixed with electrolytes, grape seed extract, and natural flavors. This blend has half the calories of regular wine (100 calories for 8oz), 3 grams of carbohydrates, and zero sugar.

Bon Affair Sauvignon Blanc Wine Spritzer

Bon Affair Sauvignon Blanc Wine Spritzer

The Bon Affair Sauvignon Blanc (website, amazon) was pale yellow with some small, persistent bubbles. On the nose, there were strawberries, Bubblicious Bubble Gum, and a hint of limes. In the mouth, there was diluted lemon-lime Gatorade and hints of grass. The wine was light-bodied with medium-to-high acidity. (UPDATE: Here is the link to Becca’s review of the Bon Affair)

Is this worth a glass after work? Sure…you won’t be drinking anything out of the ordinary, but you’ll have a decent, reliable glass, and it will be half the calories of your other wine options. Admittedly, at $16 a bottle (without shipping), Bon Affair needs a little more pizzazz…maybe more carbonation, maybe a little more wine flavor. However, if you join the wine club, the price drops to $12 (including shipping), and that feels like a more fitting price. To be clear, I’m not saying you should join the wine club straight out of the gate, just saying that for me the quality-price ratio works better at $12 a bottle.

Bon Affair Sauvignon Blanc Wine Spritzer with raspberries, my favorite way to drink this wine

Bon Affair Sauvignon Blanc Wine Spritzer with raspberries, my favorite way to drink it

Overall, Bon Affair is not the most complicated of wine options and won’t be the wine you’re opening for a special dinner, but it could be a good everday after work relaxing glass. I would also consider it as a refreshing post-workout indulgence for folks that crave beer after a big workout or longer run; a “session” or “lite” beer alternative because it has a similar number of calories and alcohol content; or as a nice mixer in a wine-based drink like a French 75, Sangria, or punch.

(One note: I drank this wine in a champagne glass because that is what was how it was shown on the website, but I actually preferred it when I put it in a regular wine glass. Funny how a glass change can make a difference).

Question of the day: Do you get concerned about calories when you are drinking ? What about the alcohol content? Does either impact whether you have another glass or not?

Suggested Retail Price: $16
Received as a sample.
Overall: 3 Corks

Comments

  1. says

    My first priority when it comes to wine is going to be the flavor. I do love bubblies, though, and the thought of something that’s refreshing without so many calories or alcohol would be a good thing. One of the things I worry about with spritzers is the residual sugar. Your notes about the Bubblicious on the nose and Gatorade suggest this is on the sweet side. Sigh. So often when calories are dropped, sugary flavors are added to make it up. Is this the case here?

    • says

      Anne…they don’t add any sugar at all, and I didn’t find this spritzer to be like the others that have that extra sweetness. That’s part of what surprised me about the Bubbilcious on the nose, but that characteristic didn’t carry over to the flavor at all. As for the Gatorade aspect, I actually will water down my Gatorade because I find that it’s too sweet, so I realize that using that as a tasting note might actually be a turn off for others, for me, it’s actually a positive because it brings out the flavor of the drink without that sugary sweetness. Becca talked about it being like a flavored mineral water, and maybe that would have been a better way to describe it.

  2. says

    Anne, I don’t think the “natural flavors” in the ingredient list involve sugar substitutes–I’m pretty sensitive to those, and I didn’t pick up on any. The spritzer was much more acidic than I expected in a pleasing, mineral way. The sugar was really all in the nose for me and in the wine. I think you’d be surprised!

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