Giol Bio-Cocktail Sparkling Merlot

Sort of like an organic, sparkling sangria, this is far from your average red wine,
Posted 15th August 2011        

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Sort of like an organic, sparkling sangria, this is far from your average red wine, and – as its name suggests – almost more like a cocktail.

It hails from that spiritual home of sparkling reds, Italy, and is a light and refreshing drink at just 5% alcohol, which barely registers on the palate at all.

The ingredients, as far as I can make out (my Italian isn’t great) are Merlot grapes, water, fruit juices, concentrated fruit juices and carbon dioxide. Everything is organic, so there are no pesticides, and if you could drink enough to get drunk (you’d need at least a bottle I imagine) you probably wouldn’t feel the effects as much the next morning, if those rumours are to be believed.

Something to do with livers and pesticides, isn’t it?

Liver and pesticide are both far from the mind, fortunately, when sampling this wine: it has a strong aroma of blackcurrant, almost more akin to a nice refreshing glass of squash inbetween sets at lawn tennis than what one would usually associate with any wine, let alone Merlot.

The Merlot is there in essence in the taste though, with a dominant theme of sour cherries and blackcurrant, washed down with a dazzling sparlkiness that’ll quench your thirst and yet paradoxically have you refilling your glass over and over. It’s a bottle to be made short work of.

Sparkling reds are becoming less of a novelty and more of a viable drinking choice nowadays, and Giol’s Bio-Cocktail is as good a place as any to start you off – it would make a splendid apértif, picnic wine or quirky toasting tipple at a wedding, christening or AGM. Indeed, it’s difficult to think of any life events off the top of my head that wouldn’t benefit from being accompanied by a glass of this stuff – especially if they take place in summer.

I bought this bottle from my local independent, The Village Vine for about £6 – it’s not on their online shop just yet, but you can pop in and get a bottle cold from their fridge if you fancy it.


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Alexander grew up on Anglesey, almost as far away from civilization as he’d have liked. He studied English at university and subsequently moved to Prague to teach it to Czech people for just long enough that he could say he’d done that. He then returned to the UK to do an MA in Professional Writing, and later moved to London by accident and worked in the music industry for a while. His interest in wine has been developing throughout. He took the WSET Intermediate exam, for which he was rewarded with a certificate and a pin badge, but he probably won't bother doing any more. He now lives in Pembrokeshire with his wife and daughter. He writes, and drinks, for a living. You can follow him on Twitter if that's how you choose to spend your time. Photograph by Léonie Keeble