Good Wines Now Come In Smaller Packages

Many of the country's favorite wines are available in smaller, portion-controlled, 187- mL sizes that often come in convenient packs of four. Among the regular bottles on the shelves, you may find these charming minis. Here are some reasons to consider them:

Waste Not: Over 6.1 million bottles of wine are sold daily in the United States, many of which typically go unfinished. Despite the best attempts, recorking and refrigerating don't always properly preserve the leftover wine. Luckily, 187-mL bottles are a great alternative to seeing your favorite red or white make its way down the kitchen drain. At about a glass per bottle, the portion is just the right size.

Spice of Life: The challenge of satisfying various palates when entertaining can be made easier now. Popular brands including Gallo Family Vineyards Twin Valley wines come in 187-mL four-packs in five crowd-pleasing varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and White Zinfandel. It makes pairing wine with your favorite party foods easier and adds a nice touch to festive goody bags.

Easy to Carry, Easy to Share: Going on a picnic or vacation? Toting around a 750-mL bottle of wine can be cumbersome and not ideal for outdoor entertaining or traveling. The 187-mL four-packs can help solve the problem. They even come complete with a built-in handle. Plus, those always on the go can pick up a few varietals, mix and match and pass them around with ease. The convenient screw caps mean one less thing to pack: the corkscrew.

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