(Closed) Boxed wine?

posted 9 years ago in Food
  • poll: What do you think about wine in a *gasp* box?
    You go girl! I'm having it at MY wedding and i don't care if the world knows! : (4 votes)
    17 %
    Shhh. I'm having it but it's behind the bar where no one will know my dirty secret... : (3 votes)
    13 %
    Not for me, but if social suicide is your thing then totally go for it... I just don't know you. : (7 votes)
    29 %
    Candy is dandy, but Liquor is.. well Liquor! and they should be glad to get any at all! : (10 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    Honestly, there’s such a wide range of boxed wine out there now and there are plenty of good wines — who cares about the vessel?  We regularly buy a certain kind of wine that comes in a box, but the packaging is all recycled and super eco friendly.  And it’s totally delicious.  Depending on the company it can be a MUCH more environmentally conscious kind of wine (less shipping weight, recycled packaging blah blah).  If you have any guests turn their nose up just point out how green choices were important to you 🙂

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Honestly, I’ve tried a lot of boxed wines for a couple of reasons — the waste of bottles (along with the environmental impact of shipping them, etc.) and that if I only want a glass, I don’t have a whole open bottle.

    However, I’ve never had any boxed wine that I enjoy. If you have, please tell me what brand! The best I’ve had has been the Black Box, but even that is a little icky.

    I’m also not sure how much easier it is to use the spigot than to pour from a bottle. Uncorking, yes, but how about punching through the cardboard? It’s not that it’s tacky, but probably less tasty and no more convenient than bottles, in my view. 

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the "T" factor of the box, it’s really just not a big deal.  But I have to agree with one of the PP — I’ve never had a boxed wine that I thought was very good.  (I saw commercials for boxed Fish Eye Pinot Grigio, which is a pretty decent white, but I haven’t seen it on the shelves yet.)  Have you thought about wines with screw tops instead of corks?  They’re super-easy to open, and a lot of really great young wines are being sold with screwtops nowadays because they’re meant to be drunk right away and don’t need corks.

    Post # 6
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    398 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    If I were to used box wines, I would find a different way to package them. Wrap them in wedding colors or something.

    Other options are wines with screw tops (yes they exist) or single serve wine bottles (think like they serve on the plane).

    Good Luck!

    Post # 7
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    1276 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I’m totally interested in this trend, though I agree that the boxed wine industry hasn’t found it’s legs yet.  I def agree that it could be less messy, complicated for your event.  And the packaging is definitely a good way to store wine, so hopefully it takes off some more.  This article might have some recommendtions on some good wines:

    http://www.slate.com/id/2146720/

    I wouldn’t hide the labels b/c as a guest I’d want to know wht I was drinking (esp. if I like it).  Then again, I’m a wine snob so…:)

    We’ve experimented with a couple of teh Target boxed wines b/c I believe good wine can be bought at any price.  That said I wish I had a great recommendation but I don’t.  You might also consider, as mentioned above, some of the better screw top wines out there.  If I recall correctly, Bonny Doon was switching over to them.  And definitely some great California vineyards have made the switch.

    These aren’t necessarily boxed, but might have some screw top options (b/c a real cork is expensive, like $1 ea., some of the cheaper wines might have screw tops).  

    http://www.slate.com/id/2085758/

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I say do it!  Lots of companies are offering their wine in boxes now; you can find a lot of variety and the cost is so much cheaper.  The storage of open boxes after your wedding is going to be a lot better, too, because you can stack the boxes, and the actual wine will stay fresher if you choose the wine that is vaccuum sealded in the box.  Plus, who turns down free booze?   

    Post # 9
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    699 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I like the screw top idea. That way, you can also store the whites in a ice bucket to keep them cold.

    Also, if you still want to go the box wine route, why not get a cute container to put them in? I am getting a few of these from Crate and Barrel for drinks on the beach before/during/after the ceremony. I think they would look great with wine in them! yum!

     

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    Post # 10
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    1022 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I would say that boxed wine is notoriously known for not being very good.  I would look into screw-top bottles.  Much easier than corked, and better taste, too!

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

    Target has some decent wine "cubes" – go for it!! 

    Post # 12
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    196 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    What about making huge portions of sangria?  Then you can use the boxed wine, put it in the cute container LittleBear posted and make it 2 days before the wedding.  I know not everyone likes sangria, but I have to admit I’m a huge fan!  And it if it is a backyard BBQ reception, it would go perfect!

    Post # 13
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Try Trader Joe’s! They have lots of stellar wines for $5 a bottle…..we’re spending $500 on ALL our alcohol.

    And a lot of companies now make a boxed quality wine!

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    If you’ve found a great tasting wine that happens to be in an economical sized box- then go for it! It doesn’t matter what vessel the wine is poured from… all that matters is that it tastes wonderful! I think a lot of people are moving towards the boxed wine trend for economical & enviromental reasons.

    Post # 16
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    Blushing bee

    SanSerif, how close to the state line do you live? Seriously, I would make a special trip to TJs or Target in Maryland and stock up. The savings would cover your gas money and more.

    Also, Whole Foods now has a boxed wine that is pretty reasonable (in cost and in taste).

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