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Why drink boxed wines?

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Best wine from a box

If you have had second thoughts about drinking wine out of a box, think again. Boxed wine is becoming popular in European countries because of its eco-friendliness, value and portability, not to mention that it tastes delish. So, the next time you are looking for a great wine that is a great value, look inside the box.

Best wine from a box

Advantages of boxed wine

Your get more for your money

Most boxed wines come in 3-liter boxes, the equivalent of four bottles of wine. Boxed wines sell for $15 to $25 per box. Think about it – it's a great deal.

You don't have to drink the whole box in one night

Boxed wines last between four and six weeks because they can be sealed. Most bottles, once uncorked, should be finished off within a day or two.

You can drink it now

Boxed wine does not have to aged. In fact, it shouldn't be aged. You can drink it when you buy it.

It's easily portable

Boxed wine, obviously, won't break, like glass bottles can. You can take a box of wine anywhere from the beach to a picnic.

Gives you a reason to use a carafe

Because boxed wine is not super pretty in the box, you can pour it in a nice looking carafe or decanter for a beautiful presentation. C'mon, that oft overlooked carafe in your pantry deserves a showing, too.

It's green

Boxed wine is eco-friendly wine. Because the cardboard boxes are lighter to ship, they create a smaller carbon footprint.

Best picks for boxed wines

Keep in mind that there are many boxed wines available. Australia and Napa Valley tend to be excellent boxed-wine regions but experiment to find wines that suit your own tastes.

Here are some quality boxed-wine recommendations:
Black Box Chardonnay 2005 $18
Delicato Merlot Bota Box 2004 $18
Stonehaven Chardonnay 2005 $18
Wine Cube Pinot Grigio 2004 $16
Wine Cube Shiraz 2004 $16

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