by Amy Gross, the Vine Sleuth
Yesterday I told you a little about my thoughts on box wine (or bag in box, if you want to sound like an industry insider) and gave 7 reasons why I like box wines.
Black Box Wines come in 10 varieties:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- A red blend they call Red Elegance
- Pinot Grigio
- Sauvignon Blanc
I was sent the Merlot, Moscato and Sauvignon Blanc to try and, of those, I found the Merlot to be a wine that could definitely be a go-to Tuesday night (or any weeknight, really) wine. Box wine is a perfect addition to weeknight dinners since you can have a glass or two with dinner and not worry about wasting the rest of the bottle. The rest will wait for you, fresh, until the next time you are ready to drink it again.
Wine can make almost any dinner better
One thing I always hope to share with beginning wine drinkers, or those who are apprehensive to drink wine with dinner regularly because they think it is only for special occasions, is that wine can make almost any dinner better. Adding a glass of wine makes you stop, slow down and enjoy the time together, plus, when paired well, the wine brings out the best in the food just as the food also can do for the wine. And this Black Box Merlot did exactly that.
Our dinner was quite simple, just a casual meal of fried chicken tenders, barbecue sauce and watermelon. The Black Box Merlot did just what it should: it accented the spice in the barbecue sauce without making it too overpowering and yet the flavors of the sauce also brought out the pepper in the wine. They were great together.
When we tried the Merlot before dinner, though, the wine tasted a touch sweeter and was more fruit-forward, yet the flavor was different with the food. It always amazes me how much food can impact the flavor and even the feel of a wine in my mouth!
Black Box Merlot is great for a casual meal
I would suggest giving Black Box Merlot a try for a casual weeknight meal, or even for a backyard barbecue. You can buy it in the 3L bag in box (the equivalent of 4 typical bottles of wine) for just $25 or, if you want to give it a try before buying that much, or if you are transporting it for a two person picnic, pick up a few of the 500mL Tetrapaks.
The Black Box Merlot is easy on the budget, pairs well with food and, like I said, since it is a box wine, you can drink just what you want and save the rest for later knowing it will stay fresh for about a month. How perfect is that?
After trying these Black Box Wines, I have found that they would be perfect for making a weeknight dinner even better. How do you feel about thinking inside the box and giving one of the ten Black Box Wine varieties a try with dinner this week… or at your next summer gathering?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Black Box Wines. The opinions and text are all mine.