Let’s get down to business about these boxed wines. Invented back in 1960s in Australia it has been associated with low quality cheap wines for a long time. Has something changed since then?
Some of you may remember college parties and maybe even some romantic dinners on a budget with boxed wine served in a carafe. Cheap and industrialised wine, full of flavour enhancement additives and preservatives should have also given quite a lot of bad memories about 'mornings after' and hangovers. Ouch.
Yet technology is moving forward and there are some definite advancements about wine in a box.
First of all, when you buy a boxed wine, open it and pour a glass, it will keep the wine OK for up to 6-8 weeks. It won't be the case with a normal bottle even if you use a VacuVin pump to get the oxygen out. That's really good news: easy to pour and also keeps the wine with no major contact with oxygen.
I might not put it in my cellar but it will serve well for everyday dinners and definitely for weekend parties.
This fact also made a signal to quality winemakers that boxed wine, as a format, can be lucrative, so it is no longer just cheap and cheerful, some of wines are of superb quality. You can even find premium Burgundies in a box.
So what about the price? Why are they cheaper? It is really simple: packaging costs are incredibly cheaper when it comes to wines in a box. If you compare the same wine, but different packaging, then boxed wine will only account for 6% packaging cost, but bottled for up to 40%. It is therefore not just a saving, but opportunity to potentially drink better wine for less.
Another big argument is environment. Yes, wine in a box uses first food friendly polyethylene pouch and then carton outer box; these can be produced from recycled materials and very easy to recycle further on. Glass bottles require an enormous amount of energy to recycle, so by drinking wine in a box you are also being that much more green. The whole process about boxed wine also enjoys much lower carbon footprint. I think the flavour is still a number one priority, but it is just a big plus when you take care for the environment too.
Flexibility is an amazing advantage of wine in a box.
Step outside of the box :) and check the label, read the reviews and buy organic wines. We have just started stocking 2 wines in a box for our Wine on Tap service, trade shows and exhibitions to serve by the glass and they are gorgeous and delicious!
The below wines in a box are both natural and made with no sulphites added.
Les Galets is a light French red that has a wonderfully gentle touch of red fruit and spice. It is unfiltered, vegan friendly and has been fermented to dryness, so sugar free wine too. Perfect lightly chilled and will be great with grilled vegetables or more delicate cuts of meat or poultry.
Dolcetto Barbera 'Ottavio' is Italian natural red wine that was matured for a bit longer and has a bit of a kick with punchy black cherry flavours and some floral aromatics. It has more body than the previous one and will suit more flavoursome dishes and sauces.
They are both produced in a 5L bag in a box format. Try it for your picnics, parties or as a glass of everyday organic wine. Enjoy!