The pros: Trader Joe's Secco Strawberry and Raspberry Rossini was met with approval in my household as it was sweet, nothing sophisticated, slightly bubbly and pleasant tasting.
The cons: If you are a fan of dry wines, skip this one over. How to open this bottle might confuse some people including yours truly.
So, when I crossed state lines to get wine (and alcohol) I made sure to make sure I loaded up my cart as I don't know when I'll be braving the traffic to head back to New Jersey.
While it might not seem far away, with traffic the closest location to me that sells alcohol is an hour away.
So, two trips and I don't wish to disclose how much I spent, but I am glad that Trader Joe's wine and liquor selection is reasonably priced.
One of the items that grabbed my attention right away was their Secco collection. This is one of five Secco offerings available. Other varieties include mango, peach, grapefruit, cranberry and this bottle of Strawberry Raspberry. And yes, I tried this one first because I thought it was the prettiest of the bunch.
This bottle had me a bit confused. It unwrapped like a champagne bottle. The plastic cap was even shaped like it had that familiar metal mesh. But it was all plastic.
All you need to do to open this is twist. I hope by writing this that saves someone some time and aggravation. Unlike a typical bottle of bubbly, there is no cork. It's a screw top with a plastic cover. Perhaps its there to make sure that if you place this bottle on its side to chill, it won't leak.
Opening difficulties aside this particular flavor reminded me of what a strawberry daiquiri would taste like if it were made with wine. It's fruitier than a wine cooler, but not quite as fruity as a freshly made daiquiri.
Light, fizzy, fruity, sweet but not too sweet. The strawberry is the primary flavor but the tartness of the raspberries comes through. This isn't a sophisticated bottle.
It's sweet, fruity, slightly effervescent. The bubbles will hold a few days because of the screw top assuming you don't drink the whole thing. This is something worth breaking into for a picnic, sitting on a deck, having company, having appetizers or with dessert.
For $5.99 it's nothing fancy, but if you already are a wine cooler fan or want something light, fruity and refreshing then this is a solid bottle to reach for.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bottle of Trader Joe's Secco Strawberry and Raspberry Rossini:
The information found on the back of the bottle:
Out of the bottle you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I'll be picking up a few more of Trader Joe's Secco Strawberry and Raspberry Rossini the next time I can get to a location that actually sells wine.
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