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Good Wine in Box?

Thu Jul 31, 2008

Among my friends I’m considered a wine snob. But honest, I’m not! No, I don’t like Two Buck Chuck. But I don’t think wine needs to be expensive to be good, or that has to be red to be good. I don’t even think it has to come in a bottle to be good. Yes, I’m talking about box wine.

The bag-in-a-box concept is brilliant, portable and keeps your wine fresh much longer than in bottle. The problem with much of it has been the wine itself, but fortunately winemakers are embracing the box and filling it up with some delicious, characterful wine. At K&L, where I work as a writer and editor, we are importing three-liter boxes of Blason Pinot Grigio from Italy (it’s currently bobbing around the Atlantic somewhere), but already have three-liter boxes of the quintessential summer wine, the 2007 “Le Petite Frog” Picpoul de Pinet Hughes Bealieu ($29.99) in stock. That’s $30 for the equivalent of four bottles of wine and it will last up to six weeks in your fridge.

Picpoul, which means “lip-stinger,” is a high-acid white grape grown also called Folle Blanche; it’s a primary component in Cognac and Armagnac and is also a common grape in France’s Loire Valley. This Picpoul comes from Southern France’s Coteaux de Languedoc, where it manages to maintain its vibrant acidity despite the region’s blistering heat. Juicy peach and apricot aromas and flavors, stony minerality, tarragon notes and low levels of alcohol make it an ideal match for almost anything on your summer table. I’ve paired it with barbecued chicken, caprese salads, rosemary shrimp and grilled peaches all to great success.

Perfect for camping, picnicking, backyard pool parties, beach excursions and, frankly, any other excuse you can come up with to crack open a box of fresh, fun, delicious wine.  You have to try this Picpoul, it’ll convert the snob in you, too.

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5 Responses to “Good Wine in Box?”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    I’ve been a box wine convert for awhile now.

    I live alone and love a glass of wine with dinner… trouble is even with those vacu-suck devices, the wine never tastes the same.

    Box wine solved that problem for me.

  2. Laurie Says:

    It has been so long since I have heard anyone mention wine in a box! I remember it being in my neighbors fridge any time I opened her door! Fun post and congrats on your being a foodbuzz winner!

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  4. Simply...Gluten-free Says:

    I found your blog from Foodbuzz. Congrats. I will be back. Spicy, salty and sweet is right up my alley!

  5. White On Rice Couple Says:

    Thanks for the rec on Picpoul, we’ll look out for it. The flavors seem to even pair up nicely with grilled Asian dishes. Good boxed wine sounds very convenient for big parties.

    I agree about wine not needing to be cheap to be good. We always have a great stock of our “everyday house” wines that are normally under $7-8. For last minute dinner parties, these house wines are always a pleasant surprise and hit amongst our “snobby” friends.

    Our latest exciting find is a Tanner Park 2004 Syrah , Napa Valley for only $6.99 a bottle! We’re heading out and getting a few cases of it tomorrow for a weekend party!

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