The Little Black Dress…I Mean Box
Boxed wine is finally getting the makeover she deserves–Thank God. It’s about time the beverage of suburban cheerleaders and scrapbooking moms went city chic, because she’s the total package.
Originally invented in the land down under in the 1960s to package cheap wines (read: Franzia) more efficiently, boxes have long gotten a bad rep despite some serious benefits of cardboard. First off, boxed wines don’t let any air in when the tap is opened, unlike a bottle, so they actually last longer in the fridge than their glass counterparts. Plus, there’s no cork to put back in–or forget to put back in. This is part of the reason a lot of restaurants are starting to use boxed wines for their by-the-glass selections….
Boxed beauties are also more eco-friendly than bottles, and have the added bonus of being about 3 times the size of an average bottle (read: perfect for parties).
Today, I grabbed a juice box of Black Box Merlot (California, 2010), and got to sampling. Suprisingly, the little box holds three full glasses–perfect for picnics (or breaks at work). The company has earned rave reviews since its debut in 2003, and now produces several red and white varieties. The cool part is that Black Box is one of the few companies that sells D.O.C. appellation (read: wine from a certain, controlled geographic area) in a box.
This merlot was awesome (even though it smelled like cheese mixed with dirt). The wine was smooth, velvety, and full-bodied with fruity notes. I sipped it solo, but Merlot is friends with a lot of foods—full bodied ones are great with grilled meat, steak, or dark chocolate.
In short, Boxed wine is in vogue now. Stock your fridge, pop the spickets out through the dotted lines and enjoy. Don’t forget to tip the boxes either, wasting wine has never been cool.
Boxed Wine Uncorked:
Try: Black Box varieties
Beware: Franzia….and other box varieties that seem too good to be true (They probably are.)
Fun Fact: The word Merlot comes from the ancient French word for blackbird, probably because the grape is almost black on the vine.