Have you ever tried box wine? If you're looking for cheap wine with good flavor, it's something you might consider.
I know all the stigma associated with wine in a box. I understand that it's not the most elegant of dispensers, but if you enjoy wine, then wine in a box might be a good value for you.
Wine purists won't like the idea that it doesn't come in a bottle with a sleek, slender, sexy neck and old world style cork. If you're interested in saving money on wine, then you'll have to turn a blind eye to all that tradition, and at least give wine in a box a try.
If you really must have your wine out of a bottle, then visit good cheap wines to meet your need to stay with tradition.
Before we proceed with a discussion of box wine, I should establish my credentials in this arena. I'm not exactly new to wine or wineries. I have lived in and visited the wine regions of California for many years. Actually, they're grape growing regions -- they don't grow wine -- but let's go along with the common expression "wine growing region" and call it good.
I've tasted wine in many dozens of wineries across the country and around the world. My tastes range from white to red, and from dry to sweet. My favorite wineries are in California, Washington, Chile, Australia and South Africa.
My tastes are discriminating enough to detect most of the wines contained in a blend. I can "taste into the future" to predict what a young red wine will taste like after it's allowed to mellow in the bottle for a few years. In response to a request, I put some of my skills and knowledge to work by conducting a wine review for Octavin box wines, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Although I enjoy wine from a box, I insist on drinking it out of a wine glass. It is the proper way as far as I'm concerned. I have a rather large collection of wine glasses suitable for any occasion.
Enough about my credentials in the arena of wine. You're probably convinced that I'm a wino, so it's time to move on. Let's look at the pros and cons of box wine.
Let's highlight some of the key benefits of wine in a box. There are many.
All in all, not a bad list of advantages of box wine. When I have a party, I always have a couple of boxes of wine on the counter for fellow winos.
Okay, so now let's examine some of the drawbacks of wine in a box. It's only fair to look at both sides while we're at it.
As they say, everything has its price. To be sure, there are drawbacks to box wine, but not nearly enough to cause me much concern at all.
I have tried several producers of boxed vino, and my favorite is Peter Vella. I think it is the best for parties and other casual occasions. Several of his varieties are appealing to me. For relaxing in the evening, I enjoy Delicious Red. It is best when chilled (unlike most red wine that should be enjoyed at room temperature), and it's smooth and enjoyable.
Peter Vella also
makes a nice White Zinfandel for those of you who believe your life
isn't too short for this kind of wine. Both the Delicious Red and White
Zinfandel are great party wines for sipping with friends.
Another favorite of mine is Franzia. Their Chillable Red has a wonderful fruity flavor that might just edge out Peter Vella as my favorite casual wine. They also make a Fruity Sangria, and it's an excellent wine for sipping on the deck during a party.
I have also tried Almaden box wine. Mountain Chablis is a nice wine for sipping by itself or with a chicken dinner.
Last, but certainly not least, if you're looking for a premium box wine, I recommend Octavin. My only experience is with their Savingnon Blanc, and I must say it lived up to my expectation as a premium wine in a box. I'm happy to share my wine review of that varietal with you, and I'd be a lot happier if they would have me conduct additional reviews on their products (wink, wink).
Not all that thrilled with my selection of boxed wine? That's okay, as everyone has different tastes. Search for your own and perhaps you'll find a great treasure to savor.
Robert Louis Stevenson said, "Wine is bottled poetry."
Well, in this case, our poetry is inside a plastic bag stored inside a cardboard
box. It's not at all as romantic as the poetry found in a bottle, but if that's a problem, simply use a decanter.
The point is to enjoy a little luxury in your life and yet not spend extravagantly for it. Good wine doesn't have to be expensive, and box wine is usually a very good value.
We're all supposed
to like a certain varietal and a certain vintage that comes in a bottle
with a cork. My take on this is rather simple; the wine you're supposed to like is the wine you do indeed like. Forget what anyone else says about the label or the container or the wine inside. If you like it, that's what counts.
The snobs will say that life is too short for White Zinfandel. Well, I say that life is too short for wine snobs, and if you enjoy White Zinfandel, then go for it. If you enjoy your White Zinfandel poured from a box, then that's just fine too.
Good wine tasting to all who want a little luxury in their frugal life. Also, be responsible should you decide to partake in this nectar of the vines, whether it comes in a bottle or a box.