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WINE IN A BOX?

John Tilson • 6/29/15        Print This Post Print This PostComment Bookmark and Share

 

wine box

Yes there is such a thing and guess what pops out?

 jack in the box

No! But how about this?

 wine in a bag

The bag is not so pretty. And, it is not likely to be a collectable. But, what about the wine inside the bag? Here’s the scoop:

rose wine and roses

2014 Arrumaco Garnacha Rosé, Vino de España.
This is the first time Hand Picked Selections has imported this wine. They imported another rosé in a bag in box (BiB) last year and it was a big hit. That one was from Provence and it was priced 50% more than this one. However, due to lack of supply, that wine was soon discontinued. They then went to Spain seeking a replacement. This wine is made from 100% Garnacha grown in the Galicia region of Spain. I am told that it is made in a traditional way the same as wine that would go into bottles. If you are like me, this may be the first time you ever had a BiB (bag in box) wine. And, I am not advocating that BiBs are all created equal. And, I am sure there are a lot of BiBs whose primary appeal is price.  But, in this case we have a BiB that is imported by one of the best importers of rosé wines and it is certainly worth buying. So here are directions. The box should be placed in the refrigerator. When it is cold you open the box, take out the bag, and pull a tag off the spigot. Then press down to pour into your glass. Pretty simple. But how is the wine? Here is my note:

The wine is a light red color with a pink hue and has a subtle floral perfume with hints of strawberry. Light, crisp, and fresh with faint hints of strawberry and citrus it is very enjoyable and delightfully easy to drink – Recommended Plus. $30 per 3 liter bag  Imported by Hand Picked Selections Warrentown, VA

book

Just as a book should not be judged by its cover, here is a wine that should not be judged by its container. I did just that and as I did the bag deflated.

deflated wine bagYou should do the same. Pour the wine in a glass. Swirl it. Smell it. Drink it. The wine is very enjoyable with a modest price of about $7.50 per equivalent 750 bottle. And, it lasts beautifully for weeks in the refrigerator. Just put the bag back in the box and take it out whenever you want a glass. I drank a glass or two of the wine many times over a period of 6 weeks. For the first 5 weeks it was virtually the same glass after glass. In the 6th week there was still some of the wine in the bag. It had lost a bit of freshness, but was still nice. I doubt that most people would keep the wine this long, but the point is that the wine will keep for a very long time in the refrigerator. This makes the wine very convenient and handy when you are thirsty for a quick glass of rosé or serving a large group!

In Vino Veritas? Yes. Always. This time you will to find it in the BiB!

rose time

 

 

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4 comments for “WINE IN A BOX?”

  1. Well, well, I can just us now John, carrying our BIBs into a restaurant and sharing wines with others over dinner. I wonder what and how corkage will be determined?
    My first thought is to pour the wine into a bottle and then transfer it into a glass.

    On the more serious side, what is this bag made of and what info if any has been accumulated as to any chemical reaction with wine? Is there a transference of chemicals/ plastic compounds? I suspect little research has been done, but am curious and can do some investigating myself.

    Drink our of the container you like and like the container you drink out of.

    Cheers,
    Blake

    Posted by Blake Brown | June 30, 2015, 10:20 am
  2. Thanks Blake,
    A bit cumbersome to carry, but easy to use at home!
    I don’t know about the material. It is like a tin foil with I would suppose some type of liner. I assume it has the same properties of glass, but do not know for sure. I asked the importer if the wine was changed or made differently to go into the container and the answer was no. I will ask a more specific question and see what I come up with.
    In Vino Veritas,
    John

    Posted by John Tilson | June 30, 2015, 10:30 am
  3. I suppose restaurants could call it a Baggage Fee.

    Posted by Mort Maizlish | June 30, 2015, 1:36 pm
  4. Hi Mort,
    Maybe. But, it to too much baggage for me! I would need a suitcase!!
    In Vino Veritas,
    John

    Posted by John Tilson | July 1, 2015, 6:45 pm

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