If you’re anything like me, you cringe when you hear the words “wine in a box.” The very idea of it reminds me of my first roommate, Tier. That girl always had a box of wine in our fridge! It’s not her that makes me cringe, of course, but the sickly sweet Chablis or the acrid Burgundy that was contained in those boxes. This was back in the 80s, though, so I’m gonna be generous here and excuse the companies that boxed up said wine by assuming that they did the best they could with what they had. Fair enough?
That said, there’s quite a buzz about box wine now. In fact, it seems to be a burgeoning trend! Who’d have thought? The sizes of wine in a box range from single-serving Tetra Paks to 3 Litres, so you can buy as little or as much as you’d like. With this in mind, I decided to do a little research for myself and see what the hype is all about.
After two weeks of trying, what I’ve learned about myself is that, no matter how hard I tried, I just can’t bring myself to even buy wine in a box. Not even for the purpose of this blog. I actually seem to have some kind of anxiety surrounding it – every time I stopped to look at the choices, whether in the supermarket or at a liquor store, I panicked! I became frozen in a terror-stricken state, and the only way to recover was to leave the boxed wine aisle immediately. I must have some residual scarring from those “boxed wine experiences” of my youth. Knowing there is not way to use VinoVinti on a box doesn’t help!
I will concede, though, that boxed wine should give you the best bang for your buck when it comes to cooking with wine. Since it has such a long shelf life once it’s been opened, you could seemingly use however much or little as you need without trying to finish off the box before it goes bad. If for no other reason than this, it’s probably why I’ll eventually buy one for myself. Coq au vin, anyone?
If there’s a brand of wine in a box that you enjoy that you’d like us to try, please leave a comment. I suppose I’ll try it….heck, I might even like it.