by Amy Gross, the VineSleuth
Box wine. People are always asking me about it, wondering what I think. And I always tell them that they should give boxed wine a try and stop living in the 1980s. Really.
Boxed wines have come a long, long way since then. As a side note, so have roses, too. Pink doesn’t mean sweet White Zinfandel anymore, people… Rose often means crisp, dry and perfect for sipping or with light foods. But I digress. (And I’ll post more on that this Thursday in the VineSleuth podcast.)
But back to box wines.
Here’s why I dig box wines:
Box wines are easy to transport.
Boxed wine (or bag in box, of you want to sound like an industry insider) takes up a lot less room. Take a look at that picture again. Those big boxes at the top hold the equivalent of four bottles of wine, people. And the cardboard weighs way less than glass of four bottles.
Box wines stay fresher longer than bottled wine.
Have a glass, or two, or however many you’d like, without worry of wasting the rest of the bottle. Really. Bag in box wines stay fresh for about a month, so you can open a box and enjoy it as long as you can keep it around. This makes it perfect for having a glass or two of wine each night with dinner, and knowing what to expect when you pour the next glass—it will be just the same without worry of oxidation.
Box wines taste good!
Yes, boxed wine can, and often does, taste good. Seriously. Stop being a snob and give a few a try if you haven’t lately. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Sure, not every one is fantastic, but that’s the case with all wines. Try a few and I bet you’ll find some you like. Really.
You can take box wines to pool parties and other outdoor events where glass is not allowed.
Cardboard and plastic won’t shatter and cut anyone’s foot. It won’t spill. It will take a LOT of effort to make a mess from bag in box wines, whereas glass, as we all know, can break and get knocked over. So when glass is not allowed, box wine provides a fantastic alternative.
Box wines are better for the earth than glass bottles.
Bag in box wines creates less waste and use less energy in making the packaging. So, for all you earth-lovers out there, box wines are an excellent environmental choice.
Box wines are easy on the budget.
Bag in box wine is usually extremely reasonably priced, even though the wine can be of high quality. Often, a four-bottle box of wine is about $25, which amounts to just over $6 per bottle. Economically, they are a good choice whether you are buying for one or two, or a bigger crowd. When it’s just a few of you, you can save the rest rather than waste it, and when you are buying for a crowd, the prices are much easier to bear than many bottled wines out there.
Box wines’ flavor is predictable.
Box wines are very consistent. Once you find one you like, you can stick with it and know that the next box you buy will taste just like the last one. Oftentimes, I like to be adventurous. But sometimes I like to go with something I know I’m going to like– and that I know a crowd will like, too, if I’m hosting. And often box wines fit that bill beautifully.
So there you have it, 7 reasons I like box wines.
What about you? What do you think about bag in box wines? Have you tried any lately? And are there any you would recommend?