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Aug 18, 2007 08:59 AM

European bag-in-box wine in SF / East Bay?

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines in Alameda has two, a Picpoul de Pinet and a Grand Veneur Côtes du Rhône.

Anybody seen others? I've seen only California and Australian, which aren't to my taste.

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  1. Yeah, a Riesling from Germany of all things. I think this might be it

    I just noted Pfalz and bottled by Zimmermann-Graeff & Müller.

    Maybe that should have read "boxed by". I'm not really sure if the first link is the same wine I saw. I remember the color blue but it seemed more blue than the picture. I was taken aback seeing Riesling in a box and then seeing it was really from Germany.

    Albertson's in Hercules. Scoff if you must, but some Albertson's have above average wine aisles. This was actually one of the best I've seen. I know you don't care for Australian, but they had a boxed Australian wine I've never seen before, Box Star. Also had a few domestic boxed wines that were new to me.

    Edited ... googling around it turns out two of the other boxed wines are European.

    Seeberger Riesling, Germany

    Angel Juice – Italian origin, One of SF-based Underdog Wine Merchant’ offerings

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    1. re: rworange

      You saw those two rieslings at the Albertson's in Hercules?

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Yeah ... amazing. Didn't note the price exactly but I think in the $20 range. Maybe there's a German population in Hercules. Then again doesn't reisling go well with some spicy Asian foods?

        The bottled wine section looked pretty impressive too.

        1. re: rworange

          Yup. Riesling goes well with spicy food. Goes well with almost anything, in fact. BTW, has that Albertson's been rebranded as a Lucky's yet? Because if not, it might be under different management than the Lucky's-branded ones.

      2. re: rworange

        Thanks for the tip, they had the riesling and "Angel Juice" Veneto pinot grigio at the El Cerrito Albertson's as well. I'll report on the Wine board next week.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Cool. Looking forward to hearing what someone who knows about wine thinks about them. Hope you'll put a link to your report here since I know I'll forget to check the Wine Board.

          Depends on the Albertsons on the wine selection. The San Pablo Dam Road has a miserable selection and doesn't carry them. However, given the pleasant Hercules farmers market I'll probably do my other grocery shopping at the Hercules store. Haven't been to the El Cerrito store so that sounds like it might be another good pairing with farmers market shopping.

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          1. re: twocents

            No. I don't like reisling. Both got good reviews. If you follow the Seeberger link, it came in first out of a tasting of 50 boxed wines at the Austin Chronicle. They did a blind tasting of boxed AND bottled wines.

            Only one of three boxed wines that was judged the equal of bottled wine ... or in the rating system they used rated gold "a wine that we would happily buy and keep around the house for personal consumption."

            The other categories "Silver meant we'd buy it for parties, cooking, and infrequent drinking. Bronze meant we would happily drink it for free at someone else's party. No medal meant we wouldn't even swallow the stuff; we'd spit it out."

            One of the wine tasters was the local wine buyer for Whole Foods and the writer said he wouldn't be surprised to see it sold soon at local stores. They had a very wine-knowledgable tasting panel.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Although not Euro, Bandit makes pinot gris & noir in 1 ltr and small sizes out of CA grapes. Can purchase at Big John's in Healdsburg or CalMart in Calistoga.
              Their website is

              1. re: ambercontegssa

                Besides not being Europ, that's not bag-in-box. It's like a milk carton.

              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                Thanks for taking the bullet on the Angel Juice .. or is that drinking the poison.

                Ok, your camping trip is over, but if you are still interested I found Chateau les Gravettes boxed 2002, I'm assuming Burgundy.

                The whole box is in French, as is the website and 12 years of French classes in Catholic schools didn't make a dent in my understanding .... and some people dont' understand why my Spanish hasnt' progressed.

                Oh yeah ... Oakland Grocery Outlet ... 5 liters $3.99. Haven't tried it yet.

                1. re: rworange

                  Bordeaux. I'll give that a try if they don't run out.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    I'll be interested in what you have to say.

                    I tried a little to see if I wanted to buy more ... I want to buy more from my little taste. I'll have to have a whole glass later to verify.

                    Dang ... first boxed wine I ever had that had a bouquet.

                    The bag is different too ... some sort of shiny silver thing like mylar. Do all European boxed wines have this?

                    A few of the boxes had a dent. A note ... because the wine is in a bag, the dent doesn't matter.

                    Thanks ... of course, Bordeaux. My French isn't that bad that I tranlated that from the French website to Burgundy ... it was a long day and I was tired.

              3. A couple of weeks ago I found a delicious 3L Blason Friuli IGT rosso at K&L for $14.99, marked down from $19.99. Unfortunately, by the time I tasted it, they'd run out. Maybe the next vintage is on its way.