Sad to say, I have not found my beloved Galvanina Blood Orange Soda at Costco the last two times I've been. If this saddens me, it must sadden a lot of people—"Galvanina Blood Orange Soda" is the number one search term with which people find my blog. More popular even than my name, which has never once been used to find my blog, showing you the unmined frontier googling my name remains. If you're suspecting that I'm now typing Galvanina Blood Orange Soda just to drive traffic to my site, that's simply untrue.
In point of fact I was at Target today and discovered they carry "Archer's Farm Blood Orange Soda" and with trepidation, I purchased a bottle. What I give you is a comparison of the two brands, bearing in my mind my observations on the Galvanina are from distant memory.
1.) The labels. Galvanina's is better. The blood orange against the green background is mesmerizing, like a jewel nestled in moss. Also, the name Archer's Farm: it's discordant. First there is archer, which conjures one image, then there is farm which conjures another, then the art on the label looks more Armitage Avenue Boutique than either archer or farm.
2.) The color. Galvanina's is a much bloodier red. Archer's is grapefruit pink. Galvanina's is more dramatic; Archer's more natural. They've both got that cloudy orange stuff at the bottom which I suppose represents the blood orange pulp.
3.) The smell. They both have the same smell, effervescenty, grapefuity with a touch of sweet delight.
4.) Taste. Pretty much the same until the aftertaste. Galvanina's had an aftertaste of piquant blood orange. Archer's has a chemically aftertaste that lasts entirely too long.
5.) Other. Galvanina is organic. If Archer's is, the label doesn't mention it. Galvanina comes in cases of four and the cases look super European as if you're sipping your soda in Rome. Though both brands are made in Italy, Archer's packaging pretty domestic looking, so there is no grandiose hey-lookitme-I'm-so-cosmopolitan fantasy element involved.
6.) Conclusion. Galvanina wins though Archer is a little less sweet, which I like, and adequate if one cannot find Galvanina.