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Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

The 13 best boxed wines we tasted

By Vaseline May30,2024

First, let’s dispel the myth that boxed wine is somehow inferior to bottled wine. According to Balliet, most wine on the market that costs less than $30 a bottle will be the same whether it’s in a box or a bottle. “There are countless studies and tests (showing that) no one can tell the difference between wine in a box and wine in a bottle in a blind test,” he says. “It’s exactly the same in two different packages.” The example that Balliet cites in his book: Rebel school for wine, is Trader Joe’s famous Two-Buck Chuck. Newsflash: It’s Franzia under a different name in a more luxurious package. TJ just cracked the code. If someone had a bottle of wine in their shopping cart, they were likely to spend more money on more expensive items such as meats and cheese.

Boxed wine, Balliet claims, is superior in many ways. “(The wine is stored in a) food-safe, airtight, sealed plastic bag so no flavors are released. The (big) advantage of (box wine) is that you can draw individual glasses (without the wine oxidizing). If you open a bottle of wine now and drink a glass of wine the next day, it won’t taste as good because oxygen interacts with it. After a week it will be disgusting and undrinkable. The flavors will change completely, though (this doesn’t happen with boxed wine).

The only reason you might want to avoid boxed wine is if you plan to age it, Balliet says, because wine can’t age in plastic and will last a year or two at most unopened. When he’s shopping, he leans toward Long Island-based winery Bridge Lane, female-owned Nomadica, and supermarket Black Box, all of which are on this list. And don’t make the mistake of thinking your options are limited. From Moscato to Chardonnay, rosé, orange wine and Sauvignon Blanc, there is plenty of choice.

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