This is a thing, y’all:
It’s a single-serving wine. But it’s in a pudding cup with a foil top because apparently screw tops are too classy now. I got it for 99 cents at the gas station. All of this is true.
Also, it’s not quite as good as Boone’s Fine Apple Wine, but I still like it because it’s very tiny and I can sneak it into movies and meetings with the principal. It’s also nice because “Copa” is Italian for “cope” and that’s what wine is for. I’m not sure if that last one is true, but if I was saying “cope” in Italian that’s how I would say it.
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- Kick-ass stuff I pinned.
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- My friend Kim sings this. It’s awesome. And slightly creepy. Which is the best combination, really.
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The guy who invented these was on Shark Tank and wouldn’t take any of the deals they offered him. (At least, I’m pretty sure it’s the same thing!)
I’ve tried this, because: brilliant. 🙂
I want this more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my entire life. Holy eff me sideways.
It’s actually Spanish for “glass of wine.” Not Italian.
I’m going to need help coping today since we’re getting family pictures taken with my crazy in-laws.
Pretty sure this fine product is not available in the Midwest, though.
Actually, ‘copa’ is Italian for ‘cup’, as in ‘cup of wine’ (‘copa di vino’). Which makes it even classier, somehow.
HA HA you called it a pudding cup!!! TOO FUNNY
I took a picture of there wine display in the grocery store last year. Picture of a very merry Santa and Mrs. Claus. They were pushing it as a stocking stuffer, but I saw empties in the parking lot.
Big congrats on the book. Third, though? Pft.
But it sucks when you get back in the car and try to rip that foil off and it doesn’t let go easily and you spill the wine alllllll over yourself. But you couldn’t wait ‘cuz you really hadda to copa with a longa drive. Try telling that to the officer later on in the vignette.
Wow – wine in a cup at a gas station. Vintage? And tell me – did you actually taste it? Not that I’m a wine snob or anything.
This could get dangerous if I had a kid and made that kid lunches and kept the wine cup in the fridge with the pudding since I’m blind. Kid opens lunch at school and uh oh…mom confused the wine for the pudding again…
That is classier than juice box wine because it comes in its own glass 😀
These are brilliant–now only if they came filled with wine that was drinkable :).
They look so much classier than the little bottles of liquor. I also think the single serving boxed wine is great–unless you confuse it with the juice boxes you send you kid to school with–then not such a great idea.
I can foresee Hailey missing all the straws from her juice boxes.
I prefer my wine in a box.
The British version is even more sophisticated. It comes in a plastic wine glass: http://www.invadingholland.com/british-sophistication/
OK-need to find me that-does it come in a nice cab?
The stuff people discover when I can’t drink. *sigh* Have one for me?
It’s one of those beautiful things you never knew you were missing.
Cope, cup, who cares?
I mean, because of the wine. Not because I’m blowing it off.
That actually looks…consumable. Don’t forget doctor and dentist offices, too! Need something to do while you are waiting. 😉
1) There are single serving wine juice boxes that I’ve found at Target, among other places. Like this: http://www.parentdish.com/2006/04/25/single-serve-wine-boxes-just-be-careful-not-to-tuck-one-in-your/
2) Or what about the Vino2Go wine glass sippy cup? http://theproductfarm.com/page/blog.html/_/products/vino2go
Definitely on the Shark Tank: http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/episode-detail/episode-308/950320?page=4
This is something that I could use almost on a daily basis! I wonder if they’re available at the gas stations around here… Probably not because we’re not nearly as cool as Texas.
Went to a parade once where they tossed these off the float like candy. Best parade ever. Yes I am from the South. That’s how we do things here.
Definitely an improvement over the jam jar glasses we used to get with Tweety Bird on them! This has something you really want! 😉
I have to agree with you. I think “Copa” stands for “Cope” when referring to wine. It’s all about context Victor.
If you have one cup and you still can’t cope, do you get free refills? Can you supersize? No reason.
Who drinks one cup???????
Umm, what? Single serving wine in its own cup? Best news EVER!
That “Copa” wouldn’t work for me. I’d have to drag a little red wagon full of them behind me everywhere just to keep my buzz.
My favorite comment was hidden in the middle, “I can sneak it into ….. meetings with the principal.” Just bring two and everyone will be happy. LOL
White Zinfandel is pink. See, right there that’s why I don’t drink wine. Not even gas-station wine that comes with a pudding top. Nice try.
I got one of these in my stocking last year. Best. Santa. Ever.
What on earth happened to simply decanting your wine into a 500ml Gatorade bottle?!
As a Brit, I feel obliged to point out that these have been sold in Marks & Spencers over here for a few years:
Of course, they’re shaped like proper wine glasses, plus are automatically classy by virtue of coming from M&S. M&S sells nothing but classy shit, don’tcha know.
Oh my gosh, Dragon and I see those all the time and contemplate buying them! I think they’re ridiculous!
I am always surprised at the new drinks that come out. Obviously I hung up my drinking cap. But man the stuff they come up with. Cake flavored vodka? Come on!!
I don’t know if they have those where I live, but if they don’t, it’s probably a good thing because I don’t need to give my friends any more reasons to call me an alcoholic.
We have wine juiceboxes here. 🙂 https://twitter.com/i/#!/jennymeng/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FrYi0ydSt
Brilliant. and I think your Italian is impeccable.
The Sundance Cinema in Madison sells wine like that, also the small bottles that end up being two glasses. Don’t have to sneak booze in anymore when I see a movie!
I saw those Wine Cups on Shark Tank. Wow that really makes that show real to me for some reason…
This is actually the best thing for single women everywhere! The hell with that ‘worse case scenario cab money’ in your purse! Any blind date is a fun date when you can bring your friend Copa along!
WOW! I do love the idea of piercing the top with a straw for sneaky drinking in the theatre. Or for horseback riding when you don’t want to spill your wine. Or for drinking wine while laying in a hammock. The possibilities here are really endless, people.
I’ve never been sadder to live in New York where wine can only be sold in Wine Stores.
I love the little gas station wine glass. Especially the fact that buying single serving wine at a gas station encourages you to have a drink on the road.
Ha! That’s great. I wish they sold wine at gas stations in my state. SIGH…
Because hidden alcoholism is the best kind.
Why don’t I have cool gas stations like that one? I want to try the cup of wine.
I need cooler gas stations where I live. All ours sell are gas, beer, soda and cigarettes. I’d be sneaking those puppies into movie theaters!
I’m looking at your “SERIOUS AND RELIGiOUS” Christmas cards, Jenny, and I swear I am looking for a dead animal that you snuck in there, or a 2 headed unicorn, or maybe Beyonce. Is this a joke?? Cuz those cards seem too real to be from you? Just sayin…..What am I missing? xo
Oooh. You are classy! 😉
Actually, in France these days lots of wine (and almost all wine in France is good by default) has screw tops, or comes in one of those boxes with a spigot. I kid you not!
But Italy beat us to the punch with foil-tops. You could just punch a straw through there and stick it in the cup holder of your supermarket caddy.
Okay, I kinda think I should get bragging rights on the Merry Christmas Motherfucker cards. I sent the Knock Knock Motherfucker cards out last year (to selected friends, because who else would you call motherfuckers?) as Christmas cards. I’m also using them as Birthday and Get Well cards. Because I can. Also, it’s so me.
Nothing says road trip snack like that little gem! 😉 Oh hey, officer, I totally thought this was like a big thing of Jello. My bad!
I’m rather partial to the Bota Box mini’s – http://www.botabox.com/wines/zinfandel/oldvinezinfandel/2011.aspx
We call them juice boxes and bring them EVERYWHERE. I wish MN sold liquor in gas stations…and on Sundays. *sigh*
Looks like a fantastic invention to me. It could make a lot of people change their minds about packing lunch instead of going out, and then think of the money they would save!
I’m fairly certain I immediately need single-serving wine cups to be a regular inventory at my house now.
Champagne in a can is much easier to sneak in places!
Texas is my new favorite state.
You just get one of those coffee stir straws and poke it in the top. It’s a wine juice box! Perfect!
I don’t know. That sounds suspiciously like “Fragile….must be Italian” from A Christmas Story. (and according to the Google, Italian for “cup” is “tazza”. Take that.)
Wine for 99 cents?
At a gas station?
I would buy a fuckload.
WINE FOR ALL OF THE TIME.
In younger days (and poorer days), Boone’s was my Shawshank Redemption.
I’ve seen that in the grocery store and wondered how awful it was.
I am not sure that I would be willing to trust wine from a gas station–you are a braver person than I am.
I work in an Italian restaurant and when people want cups, they just say “cup”. I’ve never heard copa or cope before though, so they probably mean the same thing.
I remember when they used to give away glasses at the gas station when you filled your tank. Too bad they didn’t have these then. It would have made me keep coming back until I had a full set.
“I have your heart
I have your heart
It’s only three inches wide …”
This will be in my head all day.
Sung out of context I’m going to sound like a serial killer …
70 comments and nobody mentioned “Fra-jee-lay…I think it’s from Italy!” from A Christmas Story. What’s this world coming to?
My movie theater in St. Louis sells these!!
I feel it’s sad that I know this but… As previously mentioned, the guy who invented this was on Shark Tank – not once but twice. I suspect it’s time for me to find something else more productive to do with my time.
Ha ha! My husband brought me one of these from a hotel lobby bar the other day. Worst.Wine.Ever.!! Brilliant idea…if the wine was better….LOL1!1
shit! i need to check for that at my gas station! best. ever.
Speaking of traveling wine containers, I think you might appreciate this: http://theproductfarm.com/page/blog.html/_/products/vino2go
I just came across it while searching for gifts for my friend’s 21st birthday…so obviously that’s happening.
OMG I love your friend Kim for writing that song….it is a beautiful piece of art! 🙂
I want these!! However, I may refrain for the simple fact that, as I’m not a morning person, there’s the possibility I could mistake this for an *actual* pudding cup and pack it in my kids lunches….Not sure how that parent-teacher meeting would go….Possibly well if I bring a few more of those TO the meeting.
I have been hearing about wine in a cup! I would love to take it along on hikes in the Colorado mountains. It may help with my yodeling.
A single session of therapy in a glass….cheapest therapy ever.
Is that an expiration date stamped on top? And if you peel the top back outside the gas station, are you breaking the open container law?
I’m channeling the neurosis of many generations.
Just a guess that this “Cup O’ Wine” is to vintage as “Cup O’ Noodles” is to haute cuisine.
Well I’ve always assumed that sneaking alcohol into a meeting meant disguising it in an opaque nalgene bottle, but this is OBVIOUSLY more classy. And with the foil pudding top, maybe we can get Bill Cosby to do a promo.
They have those at the Albertsons here (Odessa).
By the fish….odd placement IMO.
True story: I worked for the guy that makes these once. Huge asshole. Scam artist, swindler, overall greasy dude. Had a chance to be a part of this thing when it started and I politely declined. So much research went into that pudding top too! That said, I have definitely bought a few at gas stations in my day to sneak into theaters.
I clearly need to visit your gas station. Which sounds like a weird euphemism now that I read it back. Sigh.
I dunno, “cope” isn’t very imaginative either. I think “Copa” is actually Italian for Rhinoceros.
No matter what it’s called…that’s awesome. And so cheap.
Seriously, don’t think that would be allowed in Australia because there’s too high a risk of a kid drinking it. Thank you for showing it to me then….
I want to go to there…
I would buy at least three or four in each style they offered and break them out at my next get together, or take them to the next party I go to as my offering towards the nights alcohol consumption. Then I would sit in the corner with a gallon of rum and a giant straw.
The unicorn curse is hilarious, but why wouldn’t one think to turn their head away from the horn before attempting to kiss it? Are princesses really that stupid?
Your cards are also amazing. Brilliant idea to have them singing like that.
YEY for Caitlin Moran and YEY for you!
That should only be sold in cabanas.
At the Copa, Copa di Vino,
The hottest spot north of Encino…
I have your heart refrain will now be stuck in my head all day !
The gas station sells wine in a cup? WTF? Oh right…you live in Texas!
Wow. Pudding top cup of wine.
Just clicked on your zazzle link for the Christmas card. That is frighteningly funny.
That is adorable. Reminds me of these tiny prepackaged shots I once bought. They were twisty, with two flavors inside. One was cream and the other was some fruit flavor of your choosing. There is something to be said for women liking cute drinks…
Saw this in a package store in Massachusetts. The proprietor warned us not to attempt to clean the cup in the dishwasher or it will melt. Yep, I hand wash all my classy glasses.
Who needs an imagination when you’re married to The Bloggess?
Finally a refill for my winerack bra on those long roadtrips to pick up the kids from school.
After seeing the unicorn curse, I’m convinced that you MUST read all of the archives and current strip for Oglaf, the naughty, naughty, naughty webcomic. One bottom banner had a fellow who looked like he’d been kissed by that cursed univorn, with the caption, “As last thoughts go, ‘unicorns ARE real!’ is a pretty awesome one.”
I’m Italian and actually “copa” is not an Italian word at all…
The Italian for “cup” is “coppa” (double p) or “tazza”, but talking about wine we would say “bicchiere” or “calice”… OK done with the language lesson… 😛
What could I say about this “copa di vino”… I’m not really enthusiastic about it, I mean, we usually open BOTTLES of wine here, not just glasses… ;-P
Nice find anyway!!
No no, you’re missing one of the best parts of this, which is that “copa di vino” is a nonsense mishmash of Spanish (copa de vino) and Italian (coppa di vino). TOO classy!
Ahhh, Ari just beat me to it!
A friend of mine bought me a few of these for my birthday this summer. We were boating on a lake that didn’t allow any glass, so these were a hit!
Because as electric cars become more prevalent we need other excuses to visit our local gas station
Oh my GAWD! Jeeezus heard mah prayers and wine now comes in SIPPY’s!
Pudding cup? Wine? Pudding wine? There’s a million-dollar-idea in there somewhere.
Only in Texas? I agree this is made for mouse and teacher/principle conferences.
Also, I saw his today and thought of you: http://www.etsy.com/listing/115905545/zombie-angel-christmas-tree-topper?ref=sr_gallery_33&ga_search_query=christmas+tree+topper&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_explicit_scope=1&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmadechristmas+tree+topper
Cursed auto correct! That’s supposed to be MOVIES not mouse. Argh.
I like the first acronym: COPA
Choice of Plausible Alternatives
Central Oregon Pediatric Associates
Child Online Protection Act (US internet legislation)
Comerica Park (the new Tiger Stadium)
Culture of Peace Alliance
Council on Post Secondary Accreditatio…
Control of Pollution Act
Canadian Office Products Association
Certified Orthotic and Prosthetic Advocates
Committee of Agricultural Organisations in the EU
Council on Postsecondary Accreditation
cuffed oropharyngeal airway
Em was right. The guy who started Copa was on Shark Tank. In fact they even had him back; and he still refused the money. Actually he was kinda a douche about it.
We have those pudding cups of wine here in North Carolina too. I guess we’re just as classy as you are in Texas. Hard as that is to imagine.
I’m taking a class called Women in American Arts and Culture at Northern Arizona University, and I had to choose a woman to write about for my final paper and presentation. I’m writing about you, because you’re hilarious. Also, because I can read your blog for hours while drinking wine-slushees and call it “research” when my husband asks why I’m drunk before noon and singing about Pony Danza.
I’d like to ask you a few questions, and I know that you don’t always get to your email so maybe I’m crazy. I’ll post this as a comment, too, to double my chances.
Anyhoo, I’m hoping you do get this, and that you get a chance to answer me before Saturday-ish. Since I’m an optimist, here are my questions:
1. I know that you started your blog so you’d have a place to curse and write about ninjas. Have you ever met a ninja?
2. Your depression and auto-immune diseases have been huge issues for you, and yet you participate in blogging conferences, write your blog, a sex column, and two parenting columns, plus you’ve written a book. (You probably know all this.) You’re amazing! How do you juggle all of this, plus the actual work of parenting, marriage, and managing your live and dead animal menagerie with your all health problems?
3. Do you have to work at it to be funny sometimes, or do you just ooze hilarity?
4. What impact do you think blogging has had on popular culture? What imprint do you think blogging will leave on the arts in general, and writing specifically?
That’s all I have! Thank you so much for doing what you do, being who you are, and sharing it with the rest of us. The world is a funnier place because of it!
Sent from my iPad because my desk chair isn’t as comfy as my recliner.
That is weirdly the most inventive thing I have ever seen. Who needs pudding when you can get a cup of wine?
Desperate times, desperate measures. Booze is booze! Cheers.
kim #3, copa di vino means wine by the glass. It is a phrase in Italian that does not translate word by word.
Another thing, the person on Shark Tank didn’t start that phrase. He may have branded it, or said he started it. Don’t know because I don’t watch the show. But that phrase has been said in Italy since before I was born.
I MUST find these in PA!
I agree with you 100% re: the cope translation. In fact, alcohol was invented to take the edge off. Especially useful for single parents. Doesn’t everybody know this?
I actually buy those little wine cups when I go camping. I can’t be trusted with glass around a campfire. I guess that means I’m classy too.
Damn. “Useless CRAP.” Not crab. Awkward.
I think this was featured on Shark Tank.
This was definitely the one on Shark Tank.
AND – he came back in a later episode, about a year later, asking for money for a second, larger manufacturing plant. and he turned down the SECOND Shark Tank offer, too.
I Have started wondering if some people go on Shark Tank for the publicity, not too concerned about whether they make a deal or not.
You should try the champagne-in-a-can made by Coppola winery. No joke – it’s in a small pink can, with a bendy straw attached. BEST. INVENTION. EVER.
I saw these at the 7-11 on our last road trip and queried ” who would actually buy wine at a gas station?” and now I know. 🙂
All of you sad people NEED to move to Texas. Only state I’ve been to with a drive through liquor store.
I work at a large chain pharmacy and we have these. We also have tiny bottles of wine that seem to scream shooter.
That 99-center is $6 at the movie! Next time, I am bringing a large purse.
A cup of white zin, covered with tin foil, purchased from a gas station – this is the sort of thing that would send me screaming into the night. I’m humbled by your courage to consume this questionable potion!
Swing by the gas station on the way to the lake to go fishin’ next Sunday. Pick up a Copa di Vino la Rojo and a pack of Tom’s peanut butter crackers. Pass ’em both around to everybody in the pickup. Communion’s done for just a 2 buck offering and everyone’s conscience is clear!
I saw this product presented on Shark Tank – can’t remember if this or last season. I think Mr Wonderful may have invested. Looks like a fab idea – certainly like yours – take to school to visit principal (genius!)
I would REALLY love to get a couple of those Christmas cards. I have two girlfriends who would just love them and totally get the joke. However, it’s over $3 to ship ONE card and then over $4 to ship TWO cards … really? That is ridiculous. Are you aware of the shipping rates zazzle is charging or cards?
(It’s sort of ridiculous. That’s why I buy them in bulk and have them all shipped to my house and then mail them out myself. Much cheaper. ~ Jenny)
Ya know… if everyone put there pinky up when they drink wine, no one would think it was snobbish!! lol
Why can’t I ever think of a cool idea like that?? lol
In the UK you can now get gin and tonic in a can… It just makes the whole thing a little bit less class. They should create a single serving afternoon tea set. That would class the fuck out of my bus journeys.
Your book is near the front section of Google Play today – they’re running a notice for the Goodreads Choice awards. Woot!
Can you mail me a couple?? hahahahaha 😉
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
Third best book of the year! Those mutha fuckers better drop 1 and 2 with the quickness!
/was that racist?
I heard the greatest idea EVER one time…..that somebody was sneaking wine into the movie theater by removing the bag from the box and putting it in their purse. Not like the giant Franzia bags, but one of the smaller boxes. WHY THE HELL DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT???
Sorry I did not have time to read all the 139 comments, I am quite sure that you already have had your answer. Anyway I believe that;
“Coppa di vino” is Italian, not Spanish
“Copa de vino” is Spanish, not Italian
“Copa di vino” is not Italian nor Spanish.
So wtf is that? Probably it’s balooney, or a home made translation made by some deeply ignorant right oriented moron w/o passport who’s never ever been outside his county and who tries to sell his shit but naming it with some exotic brand. I guess it’s utterly tasty, with a sparkle of horse pee flavor and a scent of crude oil. Enjoy it.
AHHH! I’ve been paying $2 for these. I feel ripped off!!
i saw that Copa Di Vino dude on that show Shark Tank… twice he was on there. he is a complete tool. I was glad though to see he had some success despite “turning down” the Shark Tank investors but then I heard you found his wine in a gas station and… well… maybe not so much.
well….if it’s not as good as Boone’s Farm, then why the hell would you bother? Sometimes presentation just doesn’t trump taste. I can totally understand your being suckered in by the uniqueness of it all….but – for god’s sake – you’re a blogess…..don’t fall for that!
I love it! If it came with a swirly straw I would totally cope better…
Copa isn’a italian word! The corresct spelling is coppa. Anyway it means goblet, not cup (that would be tazza if you really want to know).