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Happy Hour: Three Thieves Bandit "Juice Box" Wine

Happy Hour: Three Thieves Bandit "Juice Box" Wine

Last weekend I picked up a 4 pack of Bandit Pinot Grigio by Three Thieves. I must admit, I bought them on a whim, and I mostly bought them because they're packaged in individually portioned "juice box" containers - plus it was under $10. Each box looks an awful lot like a regular juice box (don't give this one to the kids on accident) and has a foil tab that can be removed for pouring, drinking or placing a straw.

So how did it taste? Pretty decent, nice for a hot day and the perfect companion for a picnic. I decided to drink it three ways. First I drank it directly out of the carton - I wanted to see what it would be like if you brought it on a picnic and didn't have a straw or a glass. It was surprisingly nice and light - perfect for a hot day - with slight apple and lemon flavors, however it also had that plastic "waxy carton" taste. Since that taste was not exactly a bonus flavor, I decided to try it through a straw. The flavor was about the same, only without the waxy carton taste, and I must admit, it was a lot of fun to drink wine out of a straw. Finally I poured the remainder into a glass. It was pale in color and the smell was a bit lemony and it actually tasted much nicer in the glass.

Overall, I'd say it was far from the best glass of pinot grigio, but it was also pretty far from the worst. Besides, each box is 250ml and you get 4 boxes for the price of a 750ml bottle of wine, so there is a great value/quality ratio going on. Plus, it gets more points in my book because wine in a juice box made me feel like a kid, a naughty wine drinking kid.

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aflower aflower 10 years
perfect for the icechest (or cooler). put it right alongside the beer.
SU3 SU3 10 years
I've never seen these either. LOL jendudley and sarabel - sneaky, but brilliant! :)
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
No way! Ive never seen anything like this.
quietriott quietriott 10 years
in spain when i studied abroad we used to by "don simon" all the was pretty wretched table wine but it came in boxes the size of cartons of chicken broth....and it was only 2 euros...we would then be really classy and botellon on the streets. ohhh the memories....
smartypantssugar smartypantssugar 10 years
Those are adorable! How fun would it be to bring those to a party or a cookout?
ALSW ALSW 10 years
What a great idea! Really cute concept.
s_kat s_kat 10 years
I've been a big fan of Three Thieves since they first came out with their jug wine line (motto: I Love Jugs!). The wines are usually very decent for the price, plus I'm a sucker for the fun packaging!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Hmmmm.... I like the concept here!!!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
ooo sneaky! i like!
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
Jen that is too funny at a baseball game!!!:rotfl:
sarabel sarabel 10 years
These are fantastic. Went to the Hollywood Bowl last year to see DMB. They wouldn't allow liquor inside so I put these in my purse and said they were juice boxes. Totally worked!
jendudley jendudley 10 years
That is so cute! I would totally bust that out at a baseball game!!!
wren074 wren074 10 years
I cook with the Pinot Grigio all of the time. It actually comes in a bigger size and is a lot like the chicken broth at the market that has a flip-type seal. That makes it last a lot longer than regular bottled wine in the fridge.
mellie_608 mellie_608 10 years
I agree, something good to bring along on picnics and such. If a venue allows drinks to be brought in, I bet people at the door would have no idea there is alcohol in those given their clever disguise!!
gdub gdub 10 years
Perfect for Lori to stick in her purse and enjoy at work!
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