Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Anthony Pierpont Wine in the News: The Crumbling Argument Against Box Wines

I’ve never professed to be a wine snob. My tastes have improved over the years, and my family has always advocated drinking good wine. But sometimes when you’re planning a large event or party, you can get a lot of bang for your buck with boxed wines.

According to Delicato Vineyards, 20% of wine drank comes from a box. And, consumer research shows that box buyers have moved from yuppies to boomers, with a wide age and income range enjoying affordable wines.

Some fast facts about why you should consider buying box wine:

  • Bag in box wine stays fresh for several weeks- even a couple of months- after it’s been opened;
  • The cost savings for these affordable wines can be significant, often averaging ½ the cost of comparable size and quality bottled wines;
  • Box wine comes in a variety of varietals, including Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet (side note: and sherry!);
  • You can take it with you- a box of affordable wine is easily transported to any picnic or party, without the worry of glass breaking or the “who forgot the corkscrew?” arguments.

Among the winningest box brands of vino: Black Box, Blackstone Winery and Hardy’s. Need further evidence that wine boxes have successfully leapt from the supermarket sale bin to the dining table? France now produces a number of high-quality wines in the box, too.

Anthony Pierpont Wine Tip of the Day: The box wines blog features news and reviews of affordable wines that won’t break the bank.