I recently read an article on Gourmet magazine that says that boxed wines have come a long way. I like the idea that you can open a box and actually have it last a couple of weeks instead of a couple of days.
Do you guys have any boxed wines that you recommend for everyday drinking wine? Or better?
We've had the Black Box Chardonnay, and it's not bad. We bought it for an outdoor pool party so we could have it close to the pool without fear of glas breaking from regular bottles. I probably wouldn't buy it for everyday drinking when there are much better wines out there, but it was really good when we made into a white sangria.
We've had Franzia, which isn't even decent enough to cook with. Sheila's Shiraz was equally undrinkable.
I live in PA and with our state-controlled liquor stores, the Black Box is definitely the best of what's offered here.
There are several "premium" (if that isn't oxymoronic) boxes out there. Black Box is one. There are also some French wines (e.g.: Macon) available.
There is no reason -- other than aesthetics -- that boxes can't work. But, to paraphrase the old commercials for Lucky Strike, "it's what's inside that counts."
Here's a quick way to find out where you can find individual wines in your area. Google the name, which leads you to the website. On the website, there will something like "where to find our wines" or, in this case, distributors. Click on that -- in this case the distributor in Houston is Republic National at 832-782-1732. Call them, tell them you're looking for this wine, tell them where you live or work in Houston, and they will tell you the stores in your area that carry it. You can do this for any wine.
The easier way is to simply call the winery. A simple Google search will give you the number. Easy.
I've tried a bunch, as I often like to drink a single glass of wine with dinner, and find a whole bottle to be impractical. I would rank the 3 liter boxes as following:
Killer Juice is the best (about $22), with great cabernet sauvignon, and decent chardonnay
Banrock Station (as mentioned above) ($19) has good Shiraz and I like their Merlot as well
Trove is just below Banrock Station
I've only had Black Box's chardonnay, and I don't really like whites as much, so I'm going to hold off rating it.
Finally, there is a brand that ships in square, 1.5 litre boxes. I forget the name, but definitely pass on it. Sour, chemical taste.