If the thought of serving a boxed wine makes you blush brighter than a sickly sweet white zinfandel, you're out of the loop. Boxed wines are not only back in fashion, they're better than you remember - with more vineyards than ever thinking inside the box.
Whether you're looking for better value, longer shelf life, or more fridge space, boxed wine has got you covered. Let us help get you over your whole bag-in-a-box hangup with a few major selling points of the boxed stuff.
Look no further than SeriousEat's cost comparison
of the bottle vs. the box to see the cold, hard numbers. Reduced packaging costs and reduced shipping costs (boxes weigh less and stack better) add up to major savings if you're willing to forgo the bottle.
Still hung up? Pour it in a carafe or decanter and no one will be any the wiser. Or embrace your thriftiness and proudly display your wine box in this ornate wine box display stand
. Let your Franzia flag fly!
A selling point on its own, but a longer life also adds up to better value when you're not pouring half-bottles down the drain (blasphemy!). But just think how nice it would be to have wine on-demand as near as your refrigerator, with boxes lasting up to 7-8 weeks after opening.
The secret? The box's internal bladder collapses around the remaining wine to keep flavor-killing oxygen away.
A typical 3-liter box takes up approximately 5 inches of shelf space (width-wise, which is what counts in valuable front-of-the-shelf fridge real estate). The 4 standard 750ml bottles it would require to equal the box volume would span almost 13 inches if stored properly on their sides. Stack one of the four on top, and you're still looking at 10 inches of unstable bottle span just waiting to come crashing down on your kitchen floor.
So give the box a second chance - especially if your only memories entail swilling it straight from the box. We've all come a long way since the 1980s.
Still not convinced? Then at least save some money on bottled wine with this roundup of under-$10 contenders, or this cool source for damaged goods (the bottle or label is damaged, the wine is fine!)