Product Review: Vino Mio Foldable Wine Bottle

The first time I saw the Vino Mio Foldable Wine Bottle I nearly relegated it into the things that make you go hmmmm... category. I wasn't sure how useful it would be, but a few days later I had an epiphany—it's the perfect gift for a wine lover with a sense of humor. If you take a close look at the label it will give you a chuckle—possibly quality wine—which describes the current contents of my bottles to a T. It is possible I have them filled with a quality wine, but most likely I've cracked open a $6 bottle of La Vielle Ferme rosé, which is cheap, fruity, and always a crowd pleaser—much like me (just kidding!)

But seriously, I think these bottles are absolutely brilliant. They're perfect to take any place that doesn't allow glass, where you might run into people who shouldn't be around glass (which is pretty much everyone I know) or when you want to lighten your load a little (those glass bottles can be pretty heavy, especially if you've filled your knapsack or boat bag with them for a day of debauchery in the great outdoors.)

So, are you wondering how well they work? Surprisingly well, although I highly recommend using to funnel to fill them. My hands aren't the most steady, so I waisted a fair amount of wine trying to fill them the first time around. Once you've consumed the entire contents (presumably with a friend) they're easy to clean. Just rinse them out with water, turn them upside down in your dish drainer, and allow them to dry completely before putting the cap back on. 

Would I buy them again? Absolutely! I'll be splitting this pair up between two of my wine loving friends, but I'd definitely purchase more—they make excellent and inexpensive gifts for the wine lover in your life.

Product Review: Vino Mio Foldable Wine Bottle

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Product Description

  • CONVENIENT | LEAK-PROOF | EASY TO CLEAN - Our first rate foldable wine bottle is collapsible, reusable, and portable. The perfect addition to any fun gathering! Take pleasure in your favourite drink anywhere glass is not permitted or without worrying about breaking bottles.
     
  • TWIN PACK: 2 ELEGANT & FUN DESIGNS IN 1 PACK - Our designs are excellent conversation starters and a pleasure to display at home or elsewhere. Perfect for those with both a sense of a humor and love of portable alcohol. Also, our affordable wine bag is absolutely great as a gift for many special occasions.
     
  • HOLDS A FULL 750ML BOTTLE OF WINE - Leak proof and shatterproof, our wine bottle can hold up to 750ml bottle. It fills the bottle almost to the top with a little room to spare.
     
  • EASY POUR | EASY FILL | EASY STORAGE - Our bendable wine bottle needs no funnel. It has an easy to fill wide mouth and is easy to pour preventing spills and other accidents. Just simply fold it up once done for easy storage.
     
  • PERFECT FOR: Concerts and festivals, backyard barbecues, beach outings, picnics, tailgating, and fishing. Say goodbye to heavyweight glass bottles that weigh you down! PLUS! Hassle-Free 100% LIFETIME MONEYBACK GUARANTEE if you are not fully satisfied.

Disclosure


In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that this sample was provided to me free of charge by The Cassani Company. As always, all opinions are my own.

White Chocolate Ice Cream with Amarena Cherries #Sponsored by Chocoley

I know that I should be gearing up for all things pumpkin, but I thought that since the weather is still fairly warm I'd give you once last taste of summer— in ice cream form, of course! Thanks to my sponsorship with Chocoley I spent the summer living the dream, or at least a chocoholic's dream. They sent me a whole box of goodies to help make our summer ice cream series possible. If you enjoy this recipe, then you may want to check out the rest of the series which included Magic ShellChocolate Dipped Cones, and Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

For the final recipe I wanted to do something special, so I chose pair two of my favorite ingredients together—white chocolate and Amarena cherries. If you aren't familiar with this variety of this cherry that's because they come from Italy. They're a sour black cherry that you'll often find folded into gelato or spooned over panna cotta. Since they are imported you'll need to take a trip to a specialty store or order them online (see our notes below for sources.)

If you've never had the pleasure of biting into an Amarena cherry, then you've definitely been missing out. They're nothing like the super-sweet maraschino cherries you'll often find topping ice cream. These gems are tender and full of flavor, sweetened by the thick sugar syrup they come preserved in. If you love cherries, but haven't had an opportunity to try these, then why not cement your love of cherries with a batch of White Chocolate Amarena Cherry Ice Cream. It's so good it will leave you screaming for more.

White Chocolate Ice Cream with Amarena Cherries

White Chocolate Ice Cream with Amarena Cherries
makes slightly more than 1 quart

Ingredients

6 eggs yolks
2 cups whole milk
1¼ cups heavy whipping cream
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon lemon zest
1 vanilla bean
2 ounces Chocoley White Chocolate - Indulgence Ultra Couverture Dipping & Enrobing Chocolate
¾ cup Amarena cherries, cut in half (or more to taste)

Directions
 

 

  • Before beginning separate your egg yolks, whisk until smooth, and set aside. In a saucepan, set over medium-low heat, warm milk and whipping cream. Add sugar and lemon zest, stirring frequently until the temperature reaches roughly 105˚F and sugar is completely dissolved. 
  • Trim the tips off the vanilla bean, slice down the center, and scrape the seeds into the saucepan. Add chocolate and egg yolks, then warm until the temperature reaches 160˚F. While the custard is heating, stir frequently, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the pan.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat, run everything through a fine-mesh strainer to catch any stray bits of egg white, and allow the custard to cool to room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator.
  • Allow mixture to chill, covered, for at least 4 hours, or overnight before transferring to the ice cream maker. Churn according to manufacturer's instructions. You'll want to add the cherries just before transferring to the freezer, otherwise your ice cream will turn pink.

Notes

Having trouble locating Amarena Cherries? I found mine on Amazon

Don't toss out the cherry syrup, keep it in the refrigerator and use it to sweeten oatmeal, smoothies, or as an ice cream topping.

Not sure what to do with the leftover egg whites? Don't worry, we have you covered! You can use them in a batch of Honey Walnut Granola

Disclosure

 

Chocoley provided chocolate to help facilitate this project. All other supplies were purchased on my own.

This post contains my Chocoley referral links and Amazon affiliate links. I try to keep advertising unobtrusive and to a minimum in order to provide you with the best experience possible. The purchases made through these links help cover my expenses in running this blog so I can continue to provide you with quality content.

Antipasto

Since our family lives so far away I don't get the opportunity to entertain much during the holidays, but when I do you can almost guarantee that the meal is not going to be on time. For some inexplicable reason I can't seem to get my timing down and my guests are often left waiting. Personally I chalk it up to the fact that up until recently I'd never cooked for a large group of people. I always went to my grandparents house for the holidays, but now winter often prevents us from traveling home and we have friends over instead. They all know that I have a pretty well established pattern of not getting our meal on the table in a timely manner (we won't mention the time Christmas dinner was over two hours late.)

These days I make sure to have an assortment of yummy nibbles for everyone to enjoy while I try and pull our meal together on time. I like to set out antipasto since it requires a minimal amount of work and doesn't take my focus off the main meal. I make sure to include a few old favorites and a few new items so even the less adventurous eaters among my guests can find something to keep them satisfied. The possibilities are endless and I always love it when someone tells me they've discovered something new and exciting. If you plan on doing any entertaining this holiday season or need something easy to bring along to a party, consider making an antipasto platter, your guests won't be disappointed.

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Antipasto
serves 6 - 8

Ingredients

4 ounces Capocollo
4 ounces genoa salami
Assortment of Mezzetta® olives, drained
Assortment of soft cheeses, any variety
Fresh baguette, sliced

Directions

  • Arrange salami, olives, and cheeses on a platter and serve with sliced baguette.

Notes

The antipasto platter can be made in advance, then covered and refrigerated until you're ready to serve. If you're using soft cheese be sure to let them come to room temperature before serving so they are easy to spread.

For this platter I used Castelvetrano (not pictured,) Spanish Queen, and Garlic Stuffed olives. The cheeses were Rougette Bavarian Red, Port du Salut, and Roquefort. Feel free to try these if you can find them or substitute your favorites.

Disclosure

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that House Party and Mezzetta have provided me with free or discounted products that I've used to create this recipe. As always, all opinions are my own.