The pros: Trader Joe's Simpler Wines White Italian Sparkling Wine is a decent white wine that comes in a very portable can.
The cons: Not sold everywhere due to local laws. Like where I live. More on that in a minute.
The verdict: There are certain truths about living near NYC. Everyone is in a hurry. Everything is expensive. And you have the world at your finger tips. Except buying wine and liquor at the grocery store.
If looking at the Fearless Flyer from time to time has taught me anything, it's that some stores get things we are simply not allowed to have.
Now, before you call me out saying there is a Trader Joe's Wine Store in NYC, there is. It just sells wine. I've never been to it. Because for the amount of wine I'd want to carry out I'd need my car. And parking in NYC is a pain.
So when my sister needed a ride to Newark airport in New Jersey, the wheels in my head started turning.
I can buy wine and liquor. I've already paid the $15 toll to get there.
Yes, you read that right the George Washington bridge is $15 to cross. Everything in New York is expensive. I wasn't about to waste a trip over the bridge. So I found myself at the Westfield, New Jersey location where they sell both wine and liquor.
Oh the joy.
And full cart that ensued.
And the two bells that rang.
Apparently an out-of-state drivers license gets two bells at Trader Joe's FYI. My mom was standing behind me and gently told the cashier, "I'll vouch for her."
So on to the cans, each can is about the size of a glass of wine. It's fizzy, not too sweet. Some bubbles but nothing too crazy.
It won't win any medals, but had a decent wine spritzer taste to it. It's not for everyone, but it is portable for bringing this wherever you are planning on bringing it.
Would I reach for this over the a good bottle of wine? No. As something light and refreshing it was decent enough.
It doesn't quite top my favorite canned wine either- Friends Fun Wine Sangria. But at the price point there isn't much competition either. Even my beloved Friends Fun Wine is about $2 a can. I paid $4.99 for a four pack of cans which are about the same size as a regular size bottle of wine.
This was drinkable, but might be improved with the addition of some fruit juice or puree.
Wine prices do vary because of local laws which may tax these product differently depending on the state you are purchase them.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe's Simpler Wines White Italian Sparkling Wine:
The information on the package:
The rest of the information:
Out of the can you get a pale white wine with some fizziness but not a ton of bubbles:
Would I buy this again? While this is a cheap treat, I don't think I'll be buying Trader Joe's Simpler Wines White again. That doesn't mean I'm not open to trying other varieties. It's not terrible, but I'd pay a couple more dollars for it to be really good.
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