There's one trick that almost never fails to convince folks of boxed wine's merits: don't tell them. Pour the wine before guests arrive, have them taste it, and wait till glasses are nearly empty for the final reveal. Of course, this magic only works if the wine is actually decent, and that's where we can help. We tried 9 different wines from Bota Box wines to see which were the best, and which just wouldn't work to convince anyone of the merits of skipping the bottle.
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I hate to say it, but sometimes I waste alcohol. I open a bottle, enjoy a glass or two, and put the rest in the fridge, promising myself I'll finish it tomorrow or the next day. But sometimes all the vacuum pumps and rubber stoppers in the world can't stop me from needing to pour the rest down the drain.
We love when good wine is packaged in a box—it keeps for weeks in the fridge, even if you only tap it a single glass at a time. It's environmentally friendly (shipping heavy glass bottles has a huge carbon footprint) and it saves us money. But we're less convinced by wine in a cardboard purse.
When we recently received a sample of the new 500-mL Tetra Paks from Black Box Wines, we had to giggle a little. I mean, they look a bit like juice boxes meant for tucking into a sack lunch. And then we thought: sack lunch with wine? Maybe that's a good idea...
Sure, there's plenty of cruddy wine in boxes (hey, there's also plenty of cruddy wine in bottles.) But after tasting dozens of boxed wines, we turned up a few truly delicious reds, whites, and rosés. Give them a try, and you may find you're not so into bottles after all.
Last week, we found a few very tasty whites packaged in boxes instead of bottles. We love the long shelf life and environmental benefits of the bag-in-box. It's lighter to carry and fills fridge space efficiently. But they're not all delicious—we did the homework for you and ended up with this list of the best boxed red wines.
If you're looking for better value in wine, you should consider looking inside the box. Don't just assume that all boxed wine is bad. We found a few to recommend. And unlike the bottle, which goes bad after a few days, the wine bag collapses as you drink and the liquid doesn't get exposed to oxygen, so the shelf life can last up to seven weeks.