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    I Drank My Way Through Trader Joe's And Target Rosés And Here's How They Stacked Up

    Rosé all day, am I right?

    Hi! I'm Hannah, and I am an avid rosé drinker.

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    Here I am aggressively smiling after a day of sampling rosés at the Rosé Mansion in NYC (back when going in public was a thing)!

    It should also be noted that I am a longtime Target and Trader Joe's groupie.

    I know what you're thinking: Could she be any more basic? The answer is: Probably.

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    Target and Trader Joe's are both known for having an expansive, yet affordable wine selection, and this gave me an idea. I decided to sample rosés from both stores to determine which deals give you the most bang for your buck.

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    I enlisted the help of my boyfriend Andrew, who, unlike myself, identifies as a rosé skeptic. I knew I would need someone less enthusiastic about rosés to help keep things balanced. So, we set off on our rosé adventure!

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    Here are the Target's rosés...

    Three bottles of rosé from Target
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    The Collection Rosé: $8.99

    The Collection Sparkling Rosé: $9.99

    California Roots Rosé: $5.00

    And here are the Trader Joe's rosés.

    Three bottles of Trader Joe's rosé
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    Charles Shaw Rosé: $3.99

    Charles Shaw White Zinfandel: $2.99

    L'Éclat de 1990 Brut Rosé: $12.99

    1: The Collection Rosé from Target

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    Hannah: This one was $8.99, I believe.

    Andrew: Let the record show that the label is not straight.

    Hannah: Okay, so this tastes like a rosé.

    Andrew: Yeah, that means it doesn't taste like much.

    Hannah: No definitive flavors are coming forward for me. Is it sweet? Do you have "sizzly tongue?"

    Andrew: I have slight "sizzly tongue." It really washes over you like Welch's grape juice.

    Hannah: I don't know if I think it tastes fruity or like flowers.

    My rating: 5 out of 10.

    Based on accessibility, price, and flavor, I feel like this wine deserves 5 out of 10. It's pretty subtle, which isn't necessarily a bad thing! It just isn't overly flavorful or memorable.

    Andrew's rating: 2 out of 10.

    He was not amused.

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    2: The Collection Sparkling Rosé from Target

    A hand holding a bottle of The Collection sparkling rosé in front of a portrait of NYC
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    Hannah: So, this one says it's from Italy. Also it was $9.99.

    Andrew: This one tastes like it has more flavor.

    Hannah: Wow, amazing observation.

    Andrew: It's like a zesty La Croix.

    Hannah: Yeah, if La Croix got me drunk.

    Andrew: If someone gave me this, I would not think it was alcoholic. It has the full-bodied energy of a sparkling Welch's grape juice.

    Hannah: We just went over this with the last one. They are all made from grapes.

    My rating: 7 out of 10.

    It's only a dollar more than the last one and there's something so satisfying about the bubbles. I would definitely drink it again.

    Andrew's rating: 5 out of 10.

    He was definitely more enthusiastic about this one. And, let it be known that he had more than one glass. Ha!

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    3: California Roots Rosé from Target

    A hand holding a bottle of California Roots rosé in front of a portrait of NYC
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    Hannah: Well, it's 12.5% ABV only $5, but, it doesn't taste the best. What are your thoughts?

    Andrew: Well, it's good when you put ice in it.

    Hannah: I feel like I want it to be stronger?

    Andrew: I have some hand sanitizer if you want to sample that next.

    Hannah: If I had the choice between this and most red wines, I would choose this.

    Andrew: No?

    Hannah: One glass of red wine might as well be seven tequila shots for me, so, yes.

    My rating: 5 out of 10.

    This one's not life-changing by any means, but it tastes like it costs more than $5, so I would consider that a pretty solid deal.

    Andrew's rating: 2 out of 10.

    Everyone's a critic.

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    Here is Part 1 of our sampling process!

    @h_dobro

    Part 1! I’m a writer with BuzzFeed and this is my journey sampling rosé from Target and Trader Joe’s! #rosé #buzzfeed #fyp #target #traderjoes #rate

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    4: Charles Shaw Rosé from Trader Joe's

    A bottle of Charles Shaw rosé on a table
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    Hannah: So, this was $3.99 and it's surprisingly good! Like, it doesn't taste that cheap at all.

    Andrew: No, it's actually really nice.

    Hannah: It actually feels like a rosé. A little tingly, a little acidic.

    Andrew: But not too much. Not like vinegar, but not overly sweet either.

    Hannah: I expected to be grossed out, but it actually really delivered.

    Andrew: I'd buy this. Oh, and it's made with organic grapes, apparently.

    My rating: 8 out of 10.

    I was so pleasantly surprised. When wine is this cheap, I get a little nervous. But, I have to say, this exceeded all my expectations. It wasn't too sweet, nor was it too acidic. I'd buy it again.

    Andrew's rating: 7 out of 10.

    He actually really liked this one! Or maybe he was humoring me! He seemed on board with it, so I'll take it.

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    5: Charles Shaw White Zinfandel from Trader Joe's

    A bottle of Charles Shaw white zinfandel on a table
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    Disclaimer: This is where I had to cheat a little bit, please don't hate me! White zinfandel isn't technically a rosé, but it's pink! I needed equal representation from both stores and this wine was calling my name.

    Hannah: So, this one was only $2.99. It's our cheapest of the bunch.

    Andrew: It's very sweet.

    Hannah: But, I don't really mind it because it tastes like other white zinfandels I have had.

    Andrew: This is actually the first white zinfandel I've ever had.

    Hannah: How are we feeling? I think it's okay, it's just really sweet.

    Andrew: I definitely like the other Charles Shaw one more. This one's just too sweet. One glass would be good, but three glasses would lead to a headache.

    My rating: 6.5 out of 10.

    For the incredibly low price of $2.99, this wine is pretty solid. White Zinfandels don't tend to be my first choice just because of how sweet they are, but I was really impressed by this one. It was refreshing and it would be nice to sip on from time to time.

    Andrew's rating: 5 out of 10.

    He was a good sport about it, but this one was definitely too sweet for him. He made lots of funny faces.

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    6: L'Éclat de 1990 Brut Rosé from Trader Joe's

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    Hannah: Look at this massive-ass bottle!

    Andrew: It's 11% ABV.

    Hannah: This is aggressively fizzy. It's like needlework on your tongue. Does that sound like a sex thing?

    Andrew: I hope not?

    Hannah: Okay, but I'm enjoying this. This is the kind of wine I would like to drink on the holidays.

    Andrew: It needs to be more chilled. Why are we drinking this lukewarm?

    Hannah: Either way, I like it. I'm picking up what it's putting down.

    My rating: 8 out of 10.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this wine and I will absolutely be getting it again. It's $12.99, which is the priciest of the wines I sampled, but it's also by far the largest bottle. You do get your money's worth.

    Andrew's rating: 5 out of 10.

    While it wasn't his favorite of the day, he did manage to pour a few more glasses after our formal wine tasting duties had concluded.

    I felt a deep connection to this infant-sized bottle of wine.

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    Here is Part 2 of our sampling process!

    @h_dobro

    Part 2! I’m a writer with BuzzFeed and this is my journey sampling rosé from Target and Trader Joe’s! #rosé #buzzfeed #fyp #target #traderjoes #rate

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    Final thoughts!

    Overall, I am partial to the sparkling wines from both Target and Trader Joe's. There's just something about a fizzy tongue that I can't get enough of! But, I must say, I was very pleasantly surprised by the Charles Shaw wines from Trader Joe's. They were by far the cheapest and they certainly didn't taste like it. Though Andrew remains a bit of a rosé skeptic, his 7 out of 10 rating on the Charles Shaw rosé cannot go unnoticed. This just goes to show you that even non-rosé drinkers may like this wine!

    My #1 pick: L'Éclat de 1990 Brut Rosé from Trader Joe's

    Andrew's #1 pick: Charles Shaw Rosé from Trader Joe's

    Now, my fellow rosé lovers, it's time for you to decide which rosé speaks to your soul! Cheers!

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