I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Dana Spaulding the Founder of Wander + Ivy. Wander + Ivy are classy single-serving wine bottles.
Dana made the transition from the financial service industry to the wine industry after feeling that she was wasting wine. She would sit down at the end of the day and have a glass of wine while her husband would have a whiskey. She hated throwing out the wine after a few days. She searched for high-quality single-serving wine and couldn’t find any that was in line with what she was looking for.
In the Spring of 2017, she took the leap and started Wander + Ivy. The bottles are very classy as are the label design. The labels feature animals that represent the region. On the front, they are serious animals and on the back, they are playful after they have drank their wine. The wines are sourced from different regions of the world; Italy, France, Spain, and California.
Wander + Ivy gives back 1% of sales to charitable organizations that provide healthy and organic food to those in need.
All the wines I tasted were nice but these three stood out.
Wander + Ivy Chardonnay 2020 California – it’s a nice oaked Chardonnay. With that being said, the oak isn’t overpowering. The wine shows nuisances of pear, vanilla and green melon.
Wander + Ivy Rose 2020 Languedoc, France – a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. Aromas of strawberry fields fill the glass. The palate shows minerality, orange peel, Macintosh apple and raspberries. It’s a very easy drinking wine.
Wander + Ivy Red Wine Blend Valencia, Spain 2019 – a blend of 55% Bobal and 45% Merlot. The Merlot really shines through on this wine with the Bobal saying, “I’m here too.” Lots of red and black fruit with hints of cassis, vanilla and mocha.
Watch the Webinar – one note..this is take two with this episode. We began taping a few weeks back and had issues. During this taping, as Dana will say did not turn on her video because she recently had a baby and we had to film around baby time. That is an overlay picture from the first try.
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