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Hip to be Square
Written By: 
Richard Peck

When it comes to boxed wines, don’t expect rich, first-growth flavor—that’s not what they’re made for. Instead, think convenience, portability, and a smaller environmental footprint. Try packing these varieties on your next outdoor adventure


Black Box Pinot Grigio 2007 (Delle Venezie, Italy), $22: Black Box’s three-liter package equals four bottles of wine, or about 20 glasses. Apple and pear notes mark this quaffable pinot grigio. Chill the box for refreshment on your boat or at a picnic!

Yellow+Blue Torrontes 2008 (Argentina), $12: Y+B has taken a different approach to box wines, creating one-liter cartons using the same Tetra Pak technology as fruit juices and soups. Look for honeysuckle, floral, and citrus aromas with a fresh and lively taste.

Red Truck Mini-Barrel Red 2007 (California), $30: This clever, three-liter container has received a lot of attention. A blend of as many as five grapes (mostly Rhône) from Central Coast vineyards, Red Truck is multifaceted and spicy.

La Vieille Ferme Rouge 2007 (Côtes du Ventoux, France), $22: Grenache, syrah, and carignan grapes produce ripe red fruit overtones in this three-liter box. La Vieille Ferme wines are also available in 750 ml bottles, if you want to sample first.

Powers Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Washington State), $22: Powers cabernet sauvignon wines are known for delivering rich mouthfeel and cabernet flavors of dark cherries, plum, and even cocoa. This one is also available in 750s.

Black Box Pinot Grigio 2007 (Delle Venezie, Italy), $22: Black Box’s three-liter package equals four bottles of wine, or about 20 glasses. Apple and pear notes mark this quaffable pinot grigio. Chill the box for refreshment on your boat or at a picnic!

Yellow+Blue Torrontes 2008 (Argentina), $12: Y+B has taken a different approach to box wines, creating one-liter cartons using the same Tetra Pak technology as fruit juices and soups. Look for honeysuckle, floral, and citrus aromas with a fresh and lively taste.

Red Truck Mini-Barrel Red 2007 (California), $30: This clever, three-liter container has received a lot of attention. A blend of as many as five grapes (mostly Rhône) from Central Coast vineyards, Red Truck is multifaceted and spicy.

La Vieille Ferme Rouge 2007 (Côtes du Ventoux, France), $22: Grenache, syrah, and carignan grapes produce ripe red fruit overtones in this three-liter box. La Vieille Ferme wines are also available in 750 ml bottles, if you want to sample first.

Powers Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Washington State), $22: Powers cabernet sauvignon wines are known for delivering rich mouthfeel and cabernet flavors of dark cherries, plum, and even cocoa. This one is also available in 750s.




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