Drinking the Sofia
I have always enjoyed the mini champagne bottles like Pop and the smaller versions of Moet and Piper Heidsieck so I was intrigued when the Sofia minis finally popped up in my local grocery. I saw them make the news rounds last summer but wasn't sufficiently motivated to check them out until now. The wine comes in four fuschia cans and costs around $20. The packaging is flat-out adorable with its hexagonal box and small cans that are printed with various bubbly adjectives. The expandable straw isn't the easiest thing to open but it's a cute if unnecessary gimmick. Of course the important thing is the taste. The Sofia mini is a Blanc de Blancs (a mix of pinot blanc, sauvignon blanc and mucat) and it's girly-sweet with a very fruity apple-and-pear taste. It's about an inch from being a wine cooler. I was ready to hate it but if you take on its own terms as a sparkling beverage rather than as a champagne, it's not too bad. I can see bringing these to a picnic or beach bonfire but they aren't quite grown-up enough for more serious wine occasions.