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Girls night taste test: 6 "Girly" wines

Jamie Beckman is the lead blogger for the Sexcerpts blog on SheKnows.com. She has written about relationships, health and lifestyle trends for Redbook, USA TODAY, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Best Life and First for Women magazines, as w...

We rate these wines marketed to women

There are myriad wines marketed toward women. Whether via peppy monikers or pale-pink labeling, they beckon to female consumers from store endcaps and print ad pages. Sure, we understand that the packaging is intended to lure ladies from a very specific demographic — manufacturers have gotta sell their wares somehow — but how do the products actually taste? We called our best wine-loving girlfriends and did a blind test of six bottles marketed toward women. (By the end of the night, we were all in a pretty festive mood!) How did they stack up against each other? Our findings might surprise you...

Arbor Mist Strawberry White Zinfandel

Arbor Mist Strawberry White Zinfandel

www.arbormist.com

  • Tagline: "Up for Anything"
  • Retail price: $4
  • Tasting notes: "Celebratory!" "Fruity Champagne" "Sweet and light" "Peachy, fruity, sugary"
  • Average rating (out of 10): 7.3
  • Percentage of testers who would absolutely drink this wine again: 67 percent*

*Our favorite!

Skinnygirl California Rosé

Skinnygirl California Rosé

www.skinnygirlcocktails.com

  • Tagline: "Drink Like a Lady"
  • Retail price: $15
  • Tasting notes: "Smell was sort of icky" "Dry and very nice, actually!" "Like Communion wine, only less intense. Not the most pleasant." "Flat, yucky"
  • Average rating (out of 10): 4.8
  • Percentage of testers who would absolutely drink this wine again: 33 percent

Happy Bitch Rosé

Happy Bitch Rosé

www.happybitchwines.com

  • Tagline: "Designed by women for women. This is your time baby! Choose Happy!"
  • Retail price: $14
  • Tasting notes: "It tastes like college!" "It tastes like nothing" "Extremely subtle. Light, though not necessarily refreshing."
  • Average rating (out of 10): 6.4
  • Percentage of testers who would absolutely drink this wine again: 33 percent

Be. Flirty Pink Moscato

Be. Flirty Pink Moscato

www.bewinery.com

  • Tagline: "The Mood is Yours"
  • Retail price: $11
  • Tasting notes: "Sweet, a bit cloying" "Yummy" "Fruity, lovely" "Flat fruity beer"
  • Average rating (out of 10): 5.9
  • Percentage of testers who would absolutely drink this wine again: 50 percent

Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato

Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato

www.barefootwine.com

  • Tagline: "Heart and Sole"
  • Retail price: $8
  • Tasting notes: "A less tart Cherry 7-Up, in a good way" "Tingly!" "The sparkle is fun" "Too sweet"
  • Average rating (out of 10): 6
  • Percentage of testers who would absolutely drink this wine again: 50 percent

Tisdale Chocolate Red Wine

Tisdale Chocolate Red Wine

www.tisdalewine.com

  • Tagline: "'Tis a Rare Bargain"
  • Retail price: $4
  • Tasting notes: "It's like chocolate-covered cherries in a glass!" "Sweet chocolate — oh, God, ewww" "Not sure I'd have this with dinner" "I'm drinking a chocolate fountain!"
  • Average rating (out of 10): 4.5
  • Percentage of testers who would absolutely drink this wine again: 33 percent

Our conclusion

Drink what you love, regardless of what the label looks like. But if you're searching for a girls' night crowd-pleaser that won't break the bank, toss a few bottles of Arbor Mist into your grocery store shopping cart and use the leftover cash for a really nice cheese plate. Or cupcakes. Or better yet: both. Then peel out of the parking lot in your eco-friendly sedan and turn the dial to Hot 97: The strains of Kanye West's latest album pulsate and fill the plush seats. You tap the volume button higher. Is the timing a coincidence? No. This, friends, is the good life. Treat yo'self.

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