In a previous issue we talked about organic wines and whether or not that process affected the taste. But what about the packaging; does it affect the taste? My wine store now has an entire row of boxed wines or some sort of variation on that theme. I grabbed a 1.0 Litre “box” of bandit Cabernet Sauvignon to find out.
You can find this week's pick at any PLCB store in the boxed wine section for the princely sum of $9.99 for a 1 Litre "bottle".
We are often told to “think outside the box” a widely overused phrase encouraging people to try not thinking of the obvious things, but to try thinking beyond them. If you’ve ever been subjected to a management training program you probably heard it ad nauseum.
Well, now I want you to think “inside the box” or, more specifically, inside the “wine box”. What started several years ago as a means for selling cheap wine in bulk (packaging can represent up to 30% of the cost of the product) has morphed into a category unto itself.
A quick perusal of the offerings yielded three basic segments: repackaged jug wines; wines attempting to be serious competitors to their bottled brethren; and, wines embracing the novelty of the packaging. I chose one from the latter category: Bandit Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a non-vintage wine (meaning the grapes did not come from one specific harvest) and it is a “California” wine (meaning that the grapes were sourced from a number of regions across the state). The packaging was mindless and light and, frankly, so was the contents. It wasn’t offensive, mind you, but there wasn’t much there in the way of aroma and flavor. If you’re looking for something for a picnic or camping trip, this wine fits the bill.
What Others Thought
Some readers just couldn’t bring themselves to grab this “adult version of a juice box” while others were drawn to its “novel packaging”. While no one raved about the contents, no one really found it distasteful, either. For most, it was a “buzz-worthy” offering that “didn’t offend”.
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Selected reviews from the Grapevine Community
I use this wine for cooking, love the packaging and the size; since it fits right in the pantry with my other ingredients. It is light and works well in red sauces.
2 years and 6 months ago