Passing CVS? Go in and find a bottle of this very great water from Italy for $1.86. They don’t know what they have!
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“I found this water in a CVS and sometimes I wonder what odd, back-room deal or weird twist of fate lands an obscure, dismally-packaged water like Gaudianello on the shelves of a drugstore chain.
Not a bad water at all — it has a nice lively carbonation and a good, round mouthfeel thanks to a preponderance of bicarbonate — and with a roughly similar mineral profile to San Pellegrino.
Coming from the town of Rionero in Vulture, in the region of Basilicata (way down in the center of the boot), Monticchio Gaudianello S.p.A. has been packaging water since 1890 when apparently the waters in this area were found to have health benefits.
If I were running Gaudianello’s American distribution, I’d spend a few extra $$ in the bottle department and give the brand a face-lift in the U.S. Though in Italy it seems to be doing fine, accounting for a whopping 30% market share in the south of Italy.
Stats (San Pellegrino numbers in parentheses, for reference):
Total Dissolved Solids: 1424 mg/l (1002)
Calcium: 152 mg/l (179)
Magnesium: 53 mg/l (52)
Bicarbonate: 920 mg/l (239)
Potassium: 50 mg/l (0)
Sodium: 130 mg/l (33)
Chloride: 0 mg/l (54)
Sulfate: 118 mg/l (445)
How to drink it: Cold. Very cold.
When to drink it: After you’ve purchased it from CVS. And chilled it. Thoroughly.
Availability: On the shelves of your local CVS.