Originally Posted by Hud3
So, what are some of the better box wine brands and varieties these days?
I think the last time I tried box wine was when I was in graduate school
, over 40 years ago. I didn't really like it, but it was cheap
, and we were poor!
On Liberty (and even back at home before cruising) we drink a lot of Black Box cab and shiraz. We're not merlot drinkers but the Black Box merlot we tried once was good. Black Box goes for around $18 at Sam's/WalMart/discount outlets, up to $22 or $23 at liquor stores, grocery stores, etc.
We also like Fisheye shiraz, about $14-17.
Each box holds 4 750 ml bottles worth, so thats $5 a bottle for Black Box, less than $4 for Fisheye.
Back when I had a full time income
, we had gotten up to drinking a lot of $10 wine, although I was always on the hunt for $10 wines that drank more like $20 wines (and the occasional $20 wine than drank like $50, and they are out there). I was an avid reader of Wine Spectator's good buys, 20 under $20, things like that. I enjoy an Opus One as much as the next guy, but really, Black Box is more in our budget
There are other good boxed wines. Some of the Hardy's out of Australia
are good. There's no such thing as a really good pinot grigio, or a really bad one either - they are decent enough in a box.
Avoid Almaden, Franzia, and definitely Oak something or other, WalMart's boxed (and bottled) "wine", at least if looking for "decent" boxed wine.
Frequently the quality of boxed wine tracks price
(as in many things in life).
But at the end of the day, and the end of this post, the consistently best boxed wine, and the one that makes up much of Liberty's stores, is Black Box.
We also carry quite a few bottles, most in socks, and none have ever broken. That was another thread, I think. And for glassware, we use big lexan
bordeaux style "glasses" (drinking from "plastics" just sounds bad -
"hey, can I have a plastic of wine?").
Black Box. And I don't work for them.