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BOX WINE 2012

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So I had a glass of box wine down at a picnic . Wasn't bad wasn't great

came back to do some research - last CH thread was 2007 - WOW!

So I thought I would bump the topic so to speak and update the input

Any thoughts?

Best Box wine for the summer outings?

Ones I def should AVOID bringing so as not to poison the crowd? <smiling>

I am a red sipper - but lots of white winers in the group....

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  1. The best I have had and only good one I have had was Big House Red and White. I like the white a little bit better. Should be a crowd pleaser.

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    1. Australia or North America? Big difference in quality.

      1. The Target box wines are drinkable.

        Even in France, the disparate quality of box wines means I usually just don't bother -- there are some great ones, and some really awful ones, and it's all but impossible to know which is which -- so I just stick with bottles that I know.

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        1. re: sunshine842

          "the disparate quality of box wines... it's all but impossible to know which is which -- so I just stick with bottles that I know"

          Since there are thousands of bottles of wine in the market and perhaps a dozen boxes, perhaps you could apply the same principle you use for bottles to boxes.

          1. re: FrankJBN

            That's a nice thought, but the reality is that even though there are a LOT more bottles than boxes out there -- most of the boxes are private labeled, or labeled with a brand name not obviously connected to a given producer, so the actual producer is unknown. Some box wines are AOC, but can range anywhere from "I'm not sure how they got this one past the AOC board" to "yeah, this is pretty good". But the obfuscation on the labels makes it nearly impossible to sort out which is which -- and cost is not a reliable factor.

            We've had good box wine purchased directly from the producer...but a jaunt out to the countryside to go buy it isn't always in the cards.

            I am quite confident of my ability to pick a good wine in a bottle, so that's what I do, and will do tomorrow. YMMV.

          2. re: sunshine842

            I quite sure my wife and I had tried the really awful ones in France years ago.

            So our rule from that moment on was " Never, ever, ever, again. "

            Bottles only, glass not plastic cups, and real cork. Picnics included.

            1. re: SWISSAIRE

              the exception is buying them direct from the producer, or the "vin en vrac", where they pump the wine right into a plastic or glass bottle for you to take with you.

              THEN I trust the wine.

          3. ok we have a great start here

            now, the box I drank out of was all black - and was on the plus side of decent

            remember - I am not looking for a connoisseur item - something to easily bring to an outing

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              1. re: goldangl95

                ha - that would be it !!!
                thanks goldang
                now I just have to figure out what red it was
                I want to say it was a shiraz - but will go to this companys website and see what they carry
                whatever it was - it went down just fine with burgers, steaks and salad

            1. Banrock station: Australian- Sauvignon Blanc is good for a " grown up juice box" or French Rabbit Chardonnay...Sorry- I do not and cannot imbibe red...

              They are nice for picnics...no worries.

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              1. re: designergirl

                thanks for the suggestions
                I rarely do white myself - but all my friends seek out the white -
                so when its my turn for adult libation - I am always seeking out suggestions!