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Box Wines

Posted: August 13th, 2019, 1:37 pm
by KirkClendinning
I lived in Sweden for 20 years. There the government runs the alcohol business and 'systembolaget' is about the only place to purchase wine. One of the things I thought interesting, other than fairly good wine selection, good availability of high quality and really reasonable prices, was the large offering of drinkable box wines. When I moved back to the USA, I found that only bulk wine seemed to be available here in a box. In Sweden I got reasonable table wines for a reasonable price and they'd keep for weeks. I used to have a box of white in the fridge and a box of red on the kitchen shelf (away from the heat, thanks. It was Sweden after all). The boxes held 3 liters each.

I realize that in the USA box wines got a really bad name because of what was in them. But getting beyond that, having a plastic bladder that deflates as the wine is used, but keeps air out, for me was a reasonable way to store wine. If you go to https://www.systembolaget.se/sok-dryck/ ... egroup=Box you can browse what is available there. Okay, it's in Swedish, but you can read the labels.

Has anyone else had a pleasant experience with wine in a box?

Re: Box Wines

Posted: August 13th, 2019, 1:50 pm
by Peter Hirsch
When we go on vacation to either the beach or golf, I buy box wine for the house that we rent. I like Black Box wines, they're perfectly fine 'every day' wines. Not gonna get any DRC or 1st growth taste there, but it does the job on vacation.

Re: Box Wines

Posted: August 13th, 2019, 2:18 pm
by Michael Martin
Pro tip: buy a boxed wine, pull out the stopper and pour wine down the drain. Fill bladder with your favorite wine. Replace stopper. Enjoy.

Re: Box Wines

Posted: August 13th, 2019, 7:22 pm
by RichardFlack
A few years back some mainly Australian lower end but drinkable wines came out in tetra packs which were very handy for stowing in a sail boat.

Re: Box Wines

Posted: August 13th, 2019, 8:20 pm
by Adam Frisch
Kirk - funny you should mention it, as I was just talking about the Nordic countries affection for the BiB in another thread! Yes, I'm originally Swedish. Here's the post:

Perhaps for another discussion, but Scandinavia's obsession with BiB in general, is another thing that I think is a sign of things to come worldwide. They're actually ahead in this regard. It went from a shameful, low end product (like it is still viewed in most other markets) full of stigma, but now with clever marketing and consumer molding it has become almost an environmental preference. The right thing to buy. Even "good" wine producers make BiB for the Scandi market. It has totally displaced mass produced bottle wines. Only perhaps the higher end producers still get traction from bottles - low to medium producers all cater to BiB. Which is very different from the US market where only the lowest of the low cater to this. And BiB carries significant stigma.

It's easier to ship, saves weight, keeps air out, comes in more consumer friendly volumes, etc. I predict BiB will eventually conquer the world in most price brackets - Scandinavia just happens to be the battleground for it.

Re: Box Wines

Posted: August 13th, 2019, 8:44 pm
by KirkClendinning
Michael Martin wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Pro tip: buy a boxed wine, pull out the stopper and pour wine down the drain. Fill bladder with your favorite wine. Replace stopper. Enjoy.
Here is a thread just for you... viewtopic.php?f=15&t=162840#p2790448

Re: Box Wines

Posted: August 14th, 2019, 4:26 am
by Michael Martin
KirkClendinning wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Pro tip: buy a boxed wine, pull out the stopper and pour wine down the drain. Fill bladder with your favorite wine. Replace stopper. Enjoy.
Here is a thread just for you... viewtopic.php?f=15&t=162840#p2790448
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