It is Friday and this begs the question…. Should I buy wine that comes in a box?
I mean, there are many more questions on Friday that come up as well.
What am I doing this weekend?
If I decide to bare the 100 degree heat, should I have a beverage to cool myself off?
Will I watch the NBA Finals on Friday night?
Should I clean my house?
Will I binge watch Netflix instead of getting anything done?
Will I spend the weekend with the kids?
What’s great about all of these questions is the one thing they have in common… You can drink wine while doing all of them!
If you’re with your kids, then of course within reason.. but still!
And boxed wine is the topic of the day. What should you drink while watching the Cavaliers tie the NBA Finals up 2-2 tonight? Why would you even think about boxed wine? Boxed wine is that super low quality, swill they shove into a box to make money, right?
Well, I would say sort of right. Sorry Fred Franzia, but in your case, this is true. Franzia is about as low quality as it gets and has given all of the new box wines a bad name. Here is the deal though, this is one man’s opinion. If you love Franzia, love the value it presents, and love drinking it, more power to you! This is one of if not the most popular wine we sell, so I would say those of us that don’t like it are in the minority.
If you are talking about quality wine in a box, though, Franzia does not fall into this category. There are numerous amounts of wines that do and they are growing by the day.
Yes we know Bota Box, Black Box, House Wine, Fish Eye and the like, but I am not talking about these either. I would call those middle ground in box wine quality. I am talking about
“Hey, we make wine in bottles but want to put it in a box because we can” wines. I am talking about “Wow this wine comes in a box, no way!” wines.
These are growing by the day, and I have found a number of them that are worth a shot…
LAB resides in Portugal and makes some of the best value wine available. The boxes come in Red Blend, White Blend and Rose.. all dry! Whatever style you like will fit when talking about these boxes.
Shania boxes hail from Spain and are made from one of the best Spanish wine importers in the world. They make a Monastrell in a box, which is one of my favorite grapes in the world, and is a wonderful dry red. They also have a Malvasia in a box, which would be a dry white that in this case presents itself like a lighter Chardonnay.
From Spain again and translating to “The Fridge” (see what I did there?) these wines are a little more traditional Spain. The Red is Tempranillo, the white is a blend based on the grape Viura and the Rose is a little lighter than the LAB we spoke of and a bit drier.
A little more “normal” if you want to call them that, Rocky’s Block hails from California and is made by the people who make OZV wines. Their Cabernet, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir range of choices are about as good as they come from California in a box.
Back by popular demand will be the Vina Borgia Garnacha box. This Spanish Garnacha is the first box wine I have ever seen with a rating (RIGHT?!?) and hits the spot. This along with the Shania Monastrell are the two best red box wines out there. When this does happen to come back around, check out the white and rose as well. This is coming from the end all be all of Spanish wine importers, Jorge Ordonez. Vina Borgia is where it’s at.
We might be on the look out for some higher quality French boxed wines as well, along with many others.
The next time you see a box, don’t turn your nose up. Ask your wine guy, and if I am your wine guy then you now have your answer. It is hard to beat 4 bottles of wine in a box for only $5 a bottle, when the quality is through the roof!
They are practical, last for about 2-3 months when opened and have a fun little spout. Some people go to their fridge to get water, I, go to mine to hit the rose tap! These wines will pleasantly surprise anyone and be worth a shot for sure.
Picture me, bulldog in my lap, wife and daughter sleeping on the couch near me, Shania Monastrell box on the table next to me with the NBA Finals on. That is me. Tonight. as you should be as well!
Have a great weekend
The Fridge Wine Guy