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Why You Should Be Drinking Boxed Wine

Illustration by Sam Woolley.Boxed wine has a bad rap. People look down on it because it doesn’t come in a fancy bottle, and assume the contents are nasty and cheap. While that may be true for some brands, a lot of boxed wine is just as good or better than the stuff you drink with a nice dinner. Plus, it’s easy to transport, stays fresh longer, costs less, and is better for the environment.A couple months ago I sat down to a fancy home-cooked dinner in a lovely house. My host asked if I’d like...

5 classy imported wines to try — and one of them is in a $26, 3-liter pink box

By D. M., Exceptional   Excellent   Very Good Jennifer Chase For The Washington PostMartine Saunier’s wines are sold mostly to restaurants, but a few — including the Féraud-Brunel and the Niepoort recommended here — are available at select retail stores. Other wines this week include an easy-to-find bag-in-a-box rosé from Provence, a fine gruner veltliner from Austria and a racy albariño from Spain.— Dave McIntyre GREAT VALUEFéraud-Brunel Cotes du Rhone Villages 2013Rhone Valley,...

Winebits 484: Boxed wine, wine crime, wine foolishness

This week’s wine news: Sound advice about boxed wine, more wine crime, and why people who don’t understand wine shouldn’t write about it• Bring on the box: Americans, for whatever reason, still don’t think much about boxed wine. Thls post, from the Lifehacker site, explains why that’s not a very progressive attitude. “… while boxed wines have long been associated with poor quality, they’re just like traditional cork and bottled wines—there are good ones and there are bad ones.” Which, of...

Advice for novice wine tasters

Cropped Image Of Woman Holding Wineglass In Bar Counter(Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm)Fresh off the corks from the recent Pebble Beach Food and Wine in Monterrey County, I’m appreciating the importance of having a game plan for large wine and food events coming this summer in many locations.For tourists and residents alike, festivals provide an exclusive opportunity to sample and learn about the wines and signature dishes from a region. Plus, they often provide a rare treat to engage with the...