Monday, June 1, 2015

it'so [undated] Merlot: Wine cleverly disguised as a tissue box for undercover drinking. $10/1.5 Liter

See? Looks just like a tissue box.
The Treasure Island Flea halfway between San Francisco and Oakland is pretty much one of the best things a person can do in the Bay Area.

Russ and I have a pretty awesome line of handmade soap, lotion, and cologne (if I do say so myself), so we decided to give the TI Flea a try.

After buying $7 glasses of wine for the first day, we decided to be economical and BOOB (HAHAHA! I SAID "BOOB").

We also needed sunscreen and assorted other sundries, so instead of going to our usual BevMo or Trader Joe's, we went to Walgreens.

Walgreens is not known for their great wine selection. It's a half an aisle of overpriced wino wine. No one buys wine at Walgreens unless they REALLY need it.

I mean, it's a f'ing pharmacy and they're selling poison. You can't expect them to shell out for the fancy poison.

That's where we found this tissue box of Merlot.

I can't find any other information about this wine online. They don't appear to have any website. There isn't even a date on the box. If it didn't say "MERLOT" on the box, I would not think it was wine at all.

It was sitting among some other brightly colored tissue boxes labeled "Cabernet Sauvignon," "Chardonnay," and "Pinot Noir," so the fact that a whole line of wine doesn't have so much as a single-page website is a little suspicious.

Through the course of the day, we were doing business. Check out this MEGADORABLE photo of me in my cute outfit (right). I did that mural all by myself! We had the wine in our standard metal enamelware mugs so it didn't look like we were just having wine all day (see how slick we are?)... but this resulted in the wine getting hot in the sun periodically.

This review is of periodically warm boxed wine. Let's not expect much.

I gotta say, it wasn't as bad as I expected. It smelled yeasty. It was tangy. But overall, it was drinkable. The color was good (see that nice light in the photo?). It wasn't bitter.

Would I buy it again? No. Will I finish the box? Yes.