An eclectic array of wine treats

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Producer/Host, “Time Out With Phillip Silverstone”

lost count of the number of times I’ve mentioned that I have eclectic taste. I mean, come on, let’s face it. Any bloke who eats baked beans on toast washed down with a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon has either eclectic taste or is one sandwich short of a picnic. Right? Right! And today’s column, ladies and gentlemen, is the perfect example of the kind of palate located between a set of ears that can listen to Mahler’s “Adagietto” from his Symphony No. 5 and then turn the volume of the iPad to maximum so I can listen to “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj.
So when I came across Lollyphile, I hung around the website for a while. Firstly, I am a man, albeit of a certain age. But blood still pumps through my veins and any website displaying some seriously attractive women sucking wine flavored lollypops are going to capture my attention for a short while … like an hour. I was so enamored of the product that I wrote to the Lollyphile company and asked for some samples of their wares. They agreed, but refused to send along the young ladies to personally deliver them, which was understandable and probably prevented a heated dinner discussion with Mrs. Silverstone while the unexpected guests enjoyed our repast. But I digress.
Lollyphile is, according to the website, “A San Francisco born & Austin raised candy company with a sweet tooth and a short attention span. We’re having fun experimenting with new flavors and watching the reactions of our friends when they try out our creations for the first time. We started waaaaaay back around Halloween of 2007 when we found ourselves with a lot of absinthe and no candy. One thing led to another, and we ended up getting picked up by a few candy boutiques and building a website, which got way more business than we’d ever expected it would.” The company says that candy can be as much a gastronomical adventure as a fancy dinner and I have to agree with them. A day without candy is like a day without … er … candy as far as I’m concerned. I sampled the Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet flavors and, to be honest, they didn’t taste anything like candied wine. But, they did taste absolutely delicious full of fruit flavors that I have never found in traditional lollipops. And working at my computer into the wee hours, these fruity orbs tasted fresh and lasted as long as the Energizer Bunny. They also have beer flavored varieties. Definitely a fun suck but I’m not sold on the wineyness of them. They are, however, the best tasting hard candy I’ve enjoyed since the world was young. Information: http://www.lollyphile.com
OK, now to eclectic wine experience number 2.

Phillip Silverstone with actors Michael Learned ("The Waltons") and Daniel Davis ("The Nanny"), guests on his  TuneIn Radio show. They are appearing at Peoples Light & Theatre in "Love Letters."  Photo courtesy of Phillip Silverstone.

Phillip Silverstone with actors Michael Learned (“The Waltons”) and Daniel Davis (“The Nanny”), guests on his TuneIn Radio show. They are appearing at Peoples Light & Theatre in “Love Letters.” Photo courtesy of Phillip Silverstone.

“After noticing the complete absence of wine offerings at football and baseball stadiums and other public venues, J Henry Scott, CEO of Zipz, set out to fundamentally transform the single serve wine category. Knowing that an increasing number of people prefer wine and appreciate premium quality, he knew he could develop a better portable wine solution. He was convinced if he could present premium wines in recyclable, BPA-free, high quality plastic stemware that had the look and feel of glass, he’d have a winner. The Zipz team took that vision one step further by creating a patented single-serve wine design that ensures the wine stays fresh and the packaging clean until being opened.”

Zipz wrote that, and since I couldn’t improve on it, I cheated a bit and shared their quote. Zipz is a great novelty since you unzip the plastic glass filled with either Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. I have to admit that for picnics or BYOBs or anywhere else where a glass or two is your perfect amount of tipple, Zipz is a very nifty idea. The wine is not the finest quality that’s ever passed my lips, far from it, but chilled (including the reds) and unzipped with pasta or fast food, it is more than acceptable. It’s the type of wine one might expect to be served in a carafe in a “family style” restaurant and there are plenty of consumers (including me) who enjoy an easy quaff from time to time. For information: http://www.zipzwine.com
Happy sucking and quaffing. Cheers!

Phillip Silverstone’s column appears each week in this newspaper. “Time Out With Phillip Silverstone” is a weekly two-hour podcast heard exclusively on TuneIn radio anytime and anywhere worldwide either on the free TuneIn app for all smart phones and tablets (Search: Phillip Silverstone) or online on Tunein at: http://bit.ly/1gY2Ht4. “Follow” the show for weekly updates. You can also LIKE Phillip on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Phillipsilverstone and follow him on Twitter: @wining

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