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NOW CLOSED Blossom Hill Vie reviewer feedback thread. Read the feedback and get the MN exclusive money off coupon

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 04-Feb-13 09:22:47

This thread is for the 100 Mumsnetters who have been trying the new reduced alcohol wine based drink from Blossom Hill Vie 5.5%.

Thank you v. much for taking part. Below are a few questions for you to answer but please feel free to add any other comments you have too.

Everyone who adds their feedback to this thread will be entered into a prize draw to be in with the chance of winning a £100 Debenhams Gift Card.

1. Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think?
2. How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends?
3. Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not?
4. What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you?
5. Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine?
6. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

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Berniebennett Mon 08-Apr-13 21:18:58

I was lucky enough to be sent this bottle but unfortunately I hadn't been able to drink this until now and I can honestly say that this is an absolute ideal purchase for any mum with a young child that wants to enjoy a social/relaxing drink but still have a clear head afterwards.

It's extremely light and fruity perfect for a (optimistic) summers evening and will def be a fixture in my fridge!

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 06-Mar-13 14:03:36

Thank you for all your feedback. The winner of the prize draw is...

TheElephantIsADaintyBird

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paranoidandroidwreckmyownlife Wed 06-Mar-13 00:59:13

Another late one, ooops...
1. I requested and received the rose. I usually drink white zinfandel which is a particularly sweet rose. The vie was lovely.

2. It was sweet and fruity. Less acidic and an easier drink than normal wine. A friend who doesn't normally drink for that reason loved it too.

3. Would definitely recommend. Great for girly lunches or nights in.

4. Vie time for me would be a warm summers evening in the garden. Bbq with friends.

5. Yes, love the thought of a good drink with fewer calories!

6. Yes. The advertising could ruin a wonderful product before its even begun.  Such a twee concept, very lazy marketing. Doomed to failure I fear.

wickedwitchofwaterloo Tue 05-Mar-13 10:50:54

Argh! Posted too soon.

I think the ad does the wine a bit of a disservice and needs rethinking as I don't think the "yummy mummy" one is a good angle and is more likely to put people off.

Thanks for letting me sample it!

wickedwitchofwaterloo Tue 05-Mar-13 10:48:14

Another late one, sorry! Only got round to having a glass or several last week so here goes:

1. Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think?
I requested and got sent the rose, I thought it was lovely!

2. How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends?
I thought it was a light and balanced taste, fruity but not overly so - agree that it reminded me a bit of Schloer. I lengthened my glasses with sparkling water which made them them really refreshing!

3. Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely, as soon as spring properly arrives I think it would be a perfect drink for a catch up lunch

4. What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you?
A nice late lunch in Spring, catching up over a bottle of wine and not feeling guilty about the extra glass!

5. Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine?
I did because I read it but I reckon this needs to be more of a selling point alongside the lower calories!

6. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?
I think the advert does the wine a bit of a diservice

likelucklove Tue 05-Mar-13 09:52:06

1. I tried the white wine. I found the taste very sweet and refreshing, which is just how I like it, and was pleasantly surprised with all the different flavours.

2. I described the taste as being sweet and very light. I enjoyed it more with lemonade however, as I am not a big drinker and get drunks easily!

3. I have recommended it to friends, family and my slimming group! I love the fact it is reduced calories so I don't feel so bad having a few glasses on a special occasion. They have been prompted to buy it which has given mixed reviews.

4. My perfect Vie time would be sitting in the sunshine in a tidy garden(!) with a good book and peace and quiet.

5. Yes I did and that was the most appealing fact.

6. No other thoughts, but would like to range expanded if possible to other types of white wine.

1. Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think?
I tried the white which was lovely, I tried it with dp and he enjoyed it too.

2. How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends?
I would describe it as a smooth fruity wine.

3. Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend it and I have to a friend who is always dieting but loves wine, she was really interested in it and will be trying it.

4. What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you?
The perfect 'Vie time' for me is a Saturday evening enjoying a relaxing glass of wine whilst watching tv with dp and the dd's.

5. Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine?
Yes I did, both myself and dp are trying to lose weight for health reasons so this was a nice treat as we could enjoy a couple of glasses without going over our daily calorie allowance.

6. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?
I would definitely buy this wine again, I think in summer it would make a lovely refreshing spritzer. Thank you to Blossom Hill and Mumsnet for giving us the opportunity to try this.

OldMinnieC Fri 01-Mar-13 15:07:04

Sorry I'm late to the party!
1. Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think?
White. I thought it was ok, but thought it had a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. I've drunk worse though. That probably says more about me than it does about the wine.
2. How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends? A bit like Lambrini.
3. Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not? Probably not. My friends who like wine would generally prefer a drier white, I think. I think it tasted 'cheap'. Sorry!
4. What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you? Later on in the evening, after I've already had a few.
5. Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine? No, I didn't.
6. Any other thoughts you'd like to share? I was a bit disappointed to be honest. I like sweet wines and I was hoping to find a new favourite. I didn't, I'm afraid.

FlutterClutter Thu 28-Feb-13 13:29:25

Just popping on (even though I wasn't selected for this one) <not bitter> don't like sweet low alcohol pop anyway to agree about the dreadfulness of that ad.

Do women aspire to identify themselves as a 'sweet bubbly sober-ish yummy mummy' - really? Maybe they do confused

rusmum Wed 27-Feb-13 21:30:11

I tried the white version. It was delicious. Crisp and light but still felt naughty enough! I would highly recommend this and have subsequently bought this wine for myself. It does. To feel or taste like a lower alcohol version. ?Vie time for me is after a hard week at work, kids in bed, sit down with a chilled glass,, mmmm! Thanks so much blossom hill! I have found my new, slightly less fattening tipple x

EducationalAppStore Wed 27-Feb-13 11:40:56

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<also gets added to disqualified list>

I thought the same when I saw the ad. V yummy, V mummy, V vomitty. Please cease and desist. That is awful, awful, awful and instantly cheapens the brand.
Just stop. Please.

MN044 Tue 26-Feb-13 12:43:40

<disqualifies self from prize draw>
Further to my feedback below, I've just seen the ad on MN. No. No no no no no no. Yummy Mummy? Noooooooo. Please rethink the campaign. Nothing is less likely to make me want to buy a product. It's just lazy. <helpful>

kiwigirl42 Mon 25-Feb-13 16:42:47

1. Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think? White. I thought it was horrible. I love white wine and can drink most things. This wasn't worth finishing

2. How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends? thin tasting, flat, artificial tasting, over strong melony taste

3. Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not? No. its gross

4. What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you? when hell freezes over

5. Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine? No. would rather be fat and drink good wine, I'm afraid.

6. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?
spend money on a decent bottle of New Zealand white and drink less of it.

HuwEdwards Mon 25-Feb-13 15:52:04

First off I bought 2 bottles of the white. Didn't realise there were free samples!

Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think?
White - and I can see having read through the comments I am in a minority, but I hated it - didn't even finish the glass.
2. How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends?
Sweet, fizzy and artificial
3. Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not?
Perhaps if those friends like alcopop type drinks I would, but to any wine drinkers, I would advise to steer clear.
4. What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you?
my wake.
5. Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine?
Would rather have a gin and slimline tonic.
6. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?
Nothing helpful

hippoCritt Sun 24-Feb-13 19:11:35

1. Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think? White, I found it pleasant enough to drink and I'd buy it again.
2. How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends? a light fruity taste, like a non fizzy spritzer, quite refreshing
3. Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not? I think I would in passing and would buy some for BBQs so they have to try it.
4. What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you? It may be wishful thinking but I thought it would be suited to a glass of wine outside in the evening.
5. Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine? I saw that on the label, I would buy wine for taste rather than calorie content.

Thanks for the excuse to drink wine and feel useful in the process.

Wowserz129 Sun 24-Feb-13 01:28:05

1) I tried the rose wine
2) I would describe it as light and fruity. I was very impressed as I was worried the low alcohol would compromise the taste but I enjoyed it very much so.
3) I would recommend it to friends , was a lovely wine
4) snuggled up with chocolate and a movie
5) you would never know as tastes great

Will defo be buying this again!

1. Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think?

Rose- Loved it really nice taste.
2. How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends?

Really refreshing nice and sweet.
3. Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes it's nice tasting bottle of wine
4. What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you?

A few glasses with my friends.

5. Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine?
Yes
6. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?
I think it's a great idea reducing the calories

I already answered all these questions on the other thread, can't find it now to copy and paste so will answer them again grin Does that mean I get two stabs at winning a prize?? wink

1. Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think?
I was sent the Rose, which is what I had stated as my preference. I loved it. Nice taste, sweet but not too sweet (have since tried two other brands of lower alcohol Rose, one was wayyy to sweet and the other was too watery)

2. How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends?
Refreshing, a cross between a sweetish rose and flavoured sparkling water. Actually, it is nicer than that but am struggeling to think of the correct desciption.

3. Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I would, if they were looking for a lower alcohol wine.

4. What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you?
Early on a Friday evening, whilst dh is at the kitchen table reading the paper and helping me prepare dinner. A lovely glass of Vie with the promise of a lovely weekend ahead smile

5. Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine?
I assumed so due to the reduction in alcohol. But it is nice to have it confirmed.

6. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?
The nicest low-alcohol wine I have tried (had never tried any before the Vie but have since tried two others as I could not find Vie in the shops) and definately one to keep a bottle or two of in the cupboard to enjoy at the weekends. Am also planning on taking a few bottles to the girls-night-in at a friend's house next Wednesday - we all work in a school and mid-week drinking just won't do!! But a few bottles of Vie t share will surely be allright...grin
Thank you for letting me try it.

Tigerbomb Fri 22-Feb-13 23:04:08

1. Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think?
I tried the Rose. Was surprised on how nice it was

2. How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends?
A bit fruity, quite refreshing. I usually drink Schloer and it reminded me of that

3. Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would. I think they would ignore me though as they are all hardened drinkers. I am a lightweight grin

4. What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you?
barbecue in the garden on a nice hot day

5. Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine?
only because I read the blub

6. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?
Can I test a bottle of white - just to compare

llynnnn Fri 22-Feb-13 22:49:44

1. Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think?
I tried the rose, I enjoyed it, it tasted sweet and fruity, exactly my kind of wine!

2. How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends?
Sweet and fruity, like summer fruits, strawberries. It was refreshing.

3. Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would recommend it, particularly because it has a lower alcohol content so it would be ideal for the odd drink in an evening

4. What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you?
Having a good friend or my sister round for a catch up/gossip/girlie evening in smile
5. Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine?
No I didn't, but that makes it more appealing at the moment as I am 'trying' to follow weight watchers!

6. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?
I enjoyed it and would buy in the future. Thanks Blossom Hill and mumsnet smile

Fairypants Fri 22-Feb-13 16:24:14

1. Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think?
We tried white. Tbh we weren't impressed.
2. How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends?
Very like cheap white wine spritzer
3. Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not? Only of they want a spritzer. If you think you are having a glass of wine, it is disappointing.
4. What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you? I'm not really keen on it so na
5. Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine? No but I feel the reduced alcohol is more of a feature for me.
6. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?
We also made the vile association. I would be more inclined to like it if it was marketed as a ready mixed spritzer rather than wine as it is clearly watered down wine and I would feel cheated if I bought it thinking I was getting actual wine.

Nightfall1983 Fri 22-Feb-13 14:58:11

Oh forgot to add, contrary to some of the people on this thread I did not think it tasted like Shloer, which is a good think as I dislike the taste of Shloer!

Nightfall1983 Fri 22-Feb-13 14:55:19

Sorry that it has taken me so long to respond - I was waiting to do it on the laptop rather than iPad as it is easier to type and forget. I can't even blame the wine as it is low alcohol must be the baby brain

Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think? I am a red drinker normally, I rarely find a white that I like and don't really bother trying so I asked to try the Rose as whilst I wouldn't normally choose to have Rose I am less fuss about it - I got sent the White hmm. TBH I wasn't expecting to like it much at all, but I really really did. I would definately buy it again as long as the price was sensible.

How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends? It was fruity and light and sweet and very drinkable.

Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not? I definately would. I have tried alcohol-free wine before (not sure if I have tried low alcohol wine) and it was rubbish. With this I'd never really have known it was low-alcohol and it tasted great.

What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you? Sunny summers day, in the garden with a BBQ with family and friends.

Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine? I do now grin. I actually think that this is a great selling point and should be prominently displayed. If you can work out the WW points or SW syns of a glass then I think this would make me chose this wine over another.

Any other thoughts you'd like to share? I liked the bottle/label, it looked light and fresh and was quite representative of the wine. I do not like the name, to me Vie has negatve conotations - it means to compete or to fight - and is actually quite off putting.

MildredIsMyAlterEgo Fri 22-Feb-13 11:52:19

1. Which Vie variant did you try - white or rose? What did you think?
I tried the white and really enjoyed it - more than I expected to.

2. How would you describe the taste of Vie to your friends?
Light, fruity and very drinkable.

3. Would you recommend it to them? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, absolutely.

4. What would be the perfect 'Vie time' for you?
any time - haha joking - perfect for Sunday lunch, a nice wine to share with friends

5. Did you know Blossom Hill Vie has 30% fewer calories than Blossom Hill still wine?
That just makes it even nicer!

6. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?
Really enjoyed it, and will be buying it again. Thanks for picking me to test it smile

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