The following blog contribution was submitted by our guest blogger – wine educator & Wine Lovers Tours Alumnus, Bill Dabney; Bill teaches a popular wine class in New Jersey and if you live near Manahawkin, be sure to contact Bill to find out about his next wine class: firstname.lastname@example.org
With the surplus of better grapes and wine, box wine quality has improved greatly. We tasted them at my wine class last week and they all showed well except for #3.
The class liked #’s 1, 4, & 5 the best. We have a box of Fish Eye, Pinot Grigio in the Fridge and enjoy it. Note from the info sheet that each box contains 20 glasses of wine with a price of about a $1.00 per glass.
Bill Dabney’s Premium Box Wines:
- Fish Eye Winery, Pinot Grigio, California, 2009 $16.99
- Black Box Winery, Chardonnay, Monterey County, California, 2008 $23.99
- LaVieille Ferme, Grenache, Syrah Carignon, Cinsault, Cotes du Ventoux, France, NV $21.99
- Bota Box Vineyards, Old Vine Zinfandel, California, 2008 $17.99
- Banrock Station Winery, Merlot, South Eastern Australia, 2008 $17.99
- Black Box Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2008 $23.99
“De gustibus non est desputandum”
This new wine container is starting to catch on with many wine drinkers. Each box contains three liters, which is equal to four 750 ml. normal wine bottles. The box can be easily stored in a refrigerator and is set up with a small faucet that allows for quick, easy pouring. This vacuum box keeps out oxygen so the wine flavors will keep longer. Most box wines will keep well for 4 to 6 weeks after opening. These wines are best within the first year after they are packaged, so be sure to check the bottom of the box for the packaging date. This is not the same as the vintage date which may be printed with the wine variety. Many wineries are starting to use better quality wine and are expanding the wine varietals for their box containers. With a price of around $20 per box or $5 per bottle it makes a convenient way to store and enjoy white wines for the summer.
Available Box Wines — Red & White
- Black Box
- Banrock Station
- Fish Eye
- Corbett Canyon
- Bota Box
- La Vieille Ferme
Box Wine Varieties
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pinot Grigio
- Pinot Noir