- Less expensive than bottled wine.
- Easier to transport than bottled.
- Stays fresh after opening. Bottled wine fares poorly here.
- Improved quality and variety in recent years.
- Can't be aged. (Check the sell-by date!)
- Difficult to completely empty the bag, the wine bladder inside the box.
- Takes up valuable real estate in the refrigerator.
These are a few we've tried in the last several months:
|Black Box||$23.99||Merlot||4.5 Stars|
|Black Box||$23.99||Cabernet Sauvignon||4.5 Stars|
|Fish Eye||$19.99||Shiraz||4 Stars|
|Cardinal Zin||$16.99 (Reg. $19.99)||Zinfandel||4 Stars|
|Bota Box||$19.99||Zinfandel||3 Stars|
|Pinot Evil||$16.99||Pinot Noir||3 Stars|
|Monthaven||$18.99||Cabernet Sauvignon||3 Stars|
|Franzia (5 liter)||$14.99||Chianti||2 Stars|
- Ratings are from 1 to 5 stars and are purely subjective - within the class and type of wine. Boxed wines are great for everyday drinking but they probably can't compete in critical taste comparisons.
- All boxes were 3 liters in size except the Franzia. One 3-liter box is equivalent to 4, 750 ml bottles.
- They really do stay fresh in the refrigerator after opening, fresher than bottled (at least during the time they lasted in our house: 5 or 6 days).
- That Cardinal Zin Zinfandel we've had in the bottle (a.k.a. "Big House Zin"). The boxed variety is the same good drinkable wine, but the bottle costs $9.99 in Pennsylvania wine stores. The 3-liter box saves $23 over the cost for 4 bottles. And it stays fresher!
The top photo is of empty boxes I saved to take the photo. Of the three, the Fish Eye was the best. You can see where the spout would stick out.
The bottom photo is how much is typically left in the bag when it stops dispensing. We snip the corner and pour the rest out, about a glass-full.