Jereme and I have been drinking a lot of wine lately. I guess that’s normal for new parents, right?
It certainly helps me mellow out when my baby is screaming at the top of her lungs for no apparent reason…
But it can be a pretty expensive habit. Beer is a little less expensive for us now that Jereme brews his own, but he still buys a six-pack of craft from time to time, and when you start adding a few of bottles of wine a week to the mix, you can easily spend an extra couple hundred dollars a month.
We try to buy our wine at Trader Joe’s. Why? Because it’s cheap and it’s good. You can get a decent $5 or $6 bottle there that tastes like a $12 or $13 bottle from a bigger grocery store. So for us, wine is not as expensive of a habit as it can be for some people. But since our consumption has been pretty regular, it still adds up quickly.
Imagine my joy when, while shopping at Trader Joe’s last week, I discovered a box of Block Red Shiraz.
Yep, you read that right. I said box. Boxed wine is making a huge comeback, my friends, and for good reason. It stays fresh much longer than bottled wine after you open it. And, because it costs way less to ship than glass bottles, it’s better for the environment. It’s also a lot less expensive.
A box of Trader Joe’s Block Red Shiraz is 3 Liters — equivalent to 4 bottles of wine. And … brace yourself … It only costs $10.99.
That’s only $2.75 a bottle. Just 25 cents more than Trader Joe’s cheapest bottled wine: Charles Shaw (better known as “2-Buck Chuck.”)
You may be reading this and saying, “yeah, but is it good?” A valid question, and the first one I asked the guy in the wine section at the store. He said he hadn’t tried it himself, but he had heard it was pretty good. Plus, if I didn’t like it, I could always bring it back in for a refund, no questions asked. (Another one of the many reasons I love shopping at Trader Joe’s.) So I grabbed a box and brought it home.
Jereme tried it first. He said it was “delish.” And when I tried it, I had to agree. It’s definitely better than 2-Buck Chuck and doesn’t give me a headache.
Now, we aren’t talking about award-winning wine here. We’re talking about a basic shiraz that’s easy on the palette and very drinkable. And as frequent as our wine habit has become, $10.99 for a box that will last a week or more is worth it for us. I encourage anyone reading this, especially if you’re a mom who drinks wine, to go out and get a box today. Try it for yourself. If you don’t like it, Trader Joe’s fantastic return policy lets you take it back for a refund, no questions asked. And in case you were wondering, they do have a boxed white wine option as well.
The best part? Indie likes it too. 😉