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Jan 30, 2007 01:49 PM

Best Box Wine?

I absolutely love the idea of having a box of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio in the fridge at all times. (If you want to have a glass but not open a bottle (or when you want another glass after the bottle is gone), for cooking...)

Which ones are the best?

I've tried the Black Box Cab, which was pretty good, and the Trove Cab, which is not so good...


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  1. give delicato a try

    with box wines, there's no need to keep it in the fridge after opening to reduce oxidation.

          1. re: akp

            Because in the US, the short answer is: "there isn't any." The image of "box wine" is cheap, insipid plonk that's one step above dreck.

            That said, however, there are some "good" box wines made, and some are just starting to appear (within the last year or two). One example is Black Box. There is also some Macon available -- the name of which escapes me at the moment -- coming in, and some offerings from Australia.

            I've heard that he Macon is surprisingly good, but none of the wines I've sampled have been more than "good." In other words, none have been exceptional, or captured my interest beyond the initial taste.

            1. re: zin1953

              I don't think the OP mentioned boxed wine being exceptional.

              1. re: JoLi

                No, but neither would the OP wish to have something that isn't very good. And, as the rest of the sentence says, "none have been exceptional, OR captured my interest beyond the initial taste."

                1. re: zin1953

                  Sorry to offend but my swim club does not allow any glass on the premises. If my friends and I decide to go down after work and relax with a glass of wine, I refuse to be embarrassed by bringing a box of wine.

                  1. re: southernitalian

                    You could prop the box up on the table and lay under it in the chaise and just let it drip :) Or grab a straw and make it like a giant juice box.
                    At least, that's what I'd do...

                    1. re: BaileysMom521

                      Oh don't you just love the idea!!! On a hot northern night!!! I just about died with much that I'll just have to race out, buy me a 'cask' as we Aussies call it (even tho it is now passe to admit to buying such in this form)..but I'll keep away from the Lambrusco casks in the interest of "good taste" and stick to the small better quality 2 litre jobs... might even go for a rose, seeing as we are sinking (on the divan) to new low heights(or levels)....while my son is sucking at his Fishrock, I will indulge....

                2. re: zin1953

                  AND, for folks like myself, who can taste the plastic, even if the wine was better than plonk before they put it in the plastic liner, it certainly is disgusting afterwards.

                  i can taste the plastic in water that has been bottled in those translucent plastic bottles as well.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    I would guess (never have been a fan of B-in-a-B wines), that the mylar is fairly inert, and that the wine is the biggest element in the equation.

                    Still, and along with the "plastic wine bottles" threads, I just cannot imagine that I would be acquiring many of these.


                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                      Mylar imparts as much flavor as glass. It's neutral.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        And that is why I mentioned "fairly inert."


            2. Awhile ago, I tried the Wine Block. It was pretty good as far as box wine goes. Give it a try. It is made by Jess Jackson.

              1. I've heard Hardy's is decent.

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                1. re: Abacus

                  They make a perfectly drinkable Merlot, try it sometime.