|Boxed Wines Can be Pleasant|
I've only recently even tried drinking wine from a box, and so far haven't found any that I'd serve to dinner guests with the meal. But for more casual occasions, they can suffice. There's no doubt that wine stays fresher inside these containers than it ever can in an open bottle, so as long as winemakers continue to improve the quality of what they're putting in the boxes, I am open to finding the good ones.
Here are recommendations by Ray Isle, Food & Wine's knowledgeable wine writer. Also recently the New York Times wine column did a tasting of boxed wines and flagged some of the same ones that Isle does. I'll include in my culling of these the ones that made both lists.
(I'm particularly interested in the Wineberry offerings...)
2009 Bota Box Chardonnay
This lightly oaked, appley Chardonnay from California comes in boxes made from recycled cardboard printed with eco- friendly soy inks.
2009 Wineberry Château du Chatelard Bourgogne Blanc
It's unusual to find good white Burgundy in a box (much less a cool wooden box). This sleek white justifies its higher price.
2008 Bandit Cabernet Sauvignon California
Bandit's medium-bodied, curranty Cabernet has a licorice hint on the finish. It's packaged in lightweight, recyclable Tetra Paks.
2010 Domaine le Garrigon Côtes-du-Rhône
Importer Wineberry packages several of its wines in attractive wooden boxes, among them this meaty, spicy, Grenache-based red from the Rhône valley.
NV Pepperwood Grove The Big Green Box
People who like big, dense California Chardonnays will love this one for its caramel-vanilla notes and super rich texture