Disappointment and regret in a glass. That’s how one of the guests at the launch of the new Elado’Vino range of wine-infused ice cream at The Sands in Sandton. It sounded rather marvellous on the invite. It wasn’t.
After waiting around an hour and a half for the big reveal (preceded by entrées of fish fingers (jaaaa) and tough chicken kebabs), there was some confusion when trays of champagne flutes, cognac glasses, and tumblers were brought out and served. Because instead of ice cream, the glasses contained a light purplish liquid. Huh?
Elado’Vino (which literally means “wine ice cream” in Spanish) is supposed to have three different wine-infused flavours: Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. But the waiters were unable to answer questions about which glasses contained which. If there were different flavours, then the conclusion is that Elado’Vino’s alcoholic non-ice creams all taste the same. It really reminded me of that passé nineties favourites, Dom Pedro, except the latter has an actual flavour.
The company’s website shows scoops of ice cream being served in a cone, or tubs, similar to Häagen-Dazs. So it’s unclear whether Elado’Vino meant to serve guests milkshakes, that, to be frank, anyone could create by mixing Tassies into a tub of melted Ola Vanilla. Elado’Vino’s website instructs consumers to “create beautiful memories”. I’m afraid not. I was unable to locate a single happy attendee. Tables were soon full of abandoned half-full glasses, with guests opting for the open bar instead.
The verdict: non-descript milky liquid that will leave you with a hangover.