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Old 19-01-2008, 12:48   #1
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Boxed (Bagged) Wine

Can you remove, and re-insert, the dispensing spout from the boxed (bagged) wine you use?
About 20 years ago, when I cruised Lake Superior, I used to use cleaned-out wine bags to freeze water as ice blocks for my cooler. It kept both the ice box (and the bagged water cool & clean.

Lately, I’ve noticed that I cannot remove the dispensing spout.

Is this a result of new manufacturing processes, or (perhaps) just the brand I’m now buying?
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Gord - I just successfully removed the spout from a Black Box wine bag... prying around the edges. Pretty good wine, too...

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Old 19-01-2008, 14:32   #3
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Can you remove, and re-insert, the dispensing spout from the boxed (bagged) wine you use?
I try to avoid them if possible. I can tolerate no cork but the wine is intolerable.

The really large plastic soft drink bottles work even better. The ones with the rounded ends. Way stronger. You can drop them from the top of the mast and they just dent the deck. Wicked stuff.
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Old 19-01-2008, 15:08   #4
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I try to avoid them if possible. I can tolerate no cork but the wine is intolerable.

The really large plastic soft drink bottles work even better. The ones with the rounded ends. Way stronger. You can drop them from the top of the mast and they just dent the deck. Wicked stuff.
Ummmm..........what is it you do with ice at the top of the mast?
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Old 19-01-2008, 15:22   #5
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I guess Paul has to hide from the Admiral to enjoy his evening cocktail!
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Gotta agree with that comment. Some of it is not too long from the vinyard.

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Gotta agree with that comment. Some of it is not too long from the vinyard.
Try the Black Box... it isn't horrific like some of them that gave box wines such a bad name. The 2005 pinot grigio is not bad at all....

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Hey Gord, I would drink beer and make my ice in large soda bottles.
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Here in he land of oz "chateau cardboard" is generaly not to bad. I have never come across removable spouts. We have had an oversupply of grapes resulting in Cleanskins being sold in the supermarket for as little as $15 a box of half dozen (glass bottles). Unfortunately for the drinker and fortunately for the growers and vigons it was a seasonal anomolly that wont be repeated this year. The greatest change in recent Australian habits has been the influence of the Merlot style grape (another American copy) Due to the shortage (and enviromental cost) of cork producers here now bottle with screw caps.
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I have removed the spout to reuse wine bags in the past but not recently so they may have changed. I find some of the box wines including Black Box pretty good although I was surprised last summer to get a box of their Chardonay which was oxidized the store changed it out for a good one. For white I wine discard the box and lay the bag in the frige or ice chest, I find it stores easier that way.
Not long ago I read a review of box wines and they recommended a brand called Three Thieves Bandit, I haven't seen it around here yet.
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Old 19-01-2008, 18:31   #11
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Here in he land of oz "chateau cardboard" is generaly not to bad
Hey coops, these guys need an edumacation on NZ and OZ wines. The best whites come from NZ and the best Reds come from Oz IMO.
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we make our own wine onboard hear in the uk
and use the wine boxes we buy them new from home brew shop
avalable in several sizes.
the key to reuse is that the tap spigot that fits into the bag has 3 ridges if inserted to the second ridge only the tap can be removed. we were told by our supplyer that if pushed all the way in as comercial users do they are not reuseable.
so my advise start making your own 1 per bottle tastes like we spent 6 and thats for the lower quality kits.
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Here in he land of oz "chateau cardboard" is generaly not to bad. .
Actually its getting very very very good!

Winemakers here realise how much they can save in production costs and the wine transports more cheaply and wine is of a higher quality than in a bottle as no light gets in. With the environmental benifits alone we will all be getting used to it pretty soon!

Stuffed if I know what they will do with sparkeling wine! LOL
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I hear they are putting them in a can, like beer but have not seen them. In the states at wall-mart you can get a three drink wine box. Packs well wont roll and crush the box after dinner. Works for me
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You certainly can remove the spout from most wine bags. I used to (re-)use them as water containers when back-packing... not that the weight saving is much, but the space saving is significant.

Cask wine has improved significantly in the last decade or so. There is still plenty of pretty ordinary swill out there, but some of the slightly more expensive ones (Banrock Station for example) are actually quaffable. We keep a box of red and a box of white for cooking (and emergencies).
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