The Bottom Line
- Lighter to carry than glass equivalent.
- Easily stuffs into your panniers or hydration pack.
- Resealable, y'know, if you have any left over.
- You'll likely need to buy it online as it's not available in a ton of places.
- 1.5 Liters
- 14.5% alcohol
- Environmentally-friendly packaging
- Retail: $16.99
Guide Review - Clif Bar All-Terrain Wine Transport
Did you know Clif Bar makes wine? I didn’t. Until 1.5 liters of The Climber Cabernet Sauvignon made its way into my home. Turns out the owners of Clif Bar have a vineyard in Napa and have been making wine for quite a few years, unbeknownst to me.
What does this have to do with mountain biking? I’m getting there.
Recently, the company discovered a new packaging solution that offers the utmost portability: a pouch, dubbed the “All-Terrain Wine Transport,” that holds two bottles of wine.
Known as an environmentally-friendly manufacturer, Clif Family Winery & Farm is a member of “1% for the Planet,” and promises to donate 1% of all Climber Pouch sales to Trees for the Future. Their new packaging boasts 90% less waste than the glass equivalent and an 80% lower carbon footprint.
Planning an epic ride or bikepacking trip? Forgo the weight of glass bottles and slip this lighter, more convenient container into your hydration pack or panniers. Clif Bar claims the Climber Pouch is “unbreakable.” Take it where glass can’t go, as it will surely survive any rough terrain you may encounter on the trail.
I carried the Climber Pouch in a pannier on my bike during a several-mile excursion to a friend’s house and broke it out when I reached my destination. I traveled on a mix of dirt and paved roads, with one particularly rough descent. The Climber Pouch arrived unscathed and was the perfect accompaniment to our catfish and curried rice dinner. I could see the Climber Pouch being the perfect way to end a day of bikepacking, too.
Maybe it was the bit of exercise beforehand, the great food, or being in the company of friends, but the wine tasted exceptional. Clif Bar says their Cabernet Sauvignon has "blackberry jam, plum and black currant flavors. With a lush, soft finish and lots of personality..."
Pair it with a few of your favorite cycling buddies and consume after a mountain bike adventure.