10 best brands of boxed wine to drink in 2021, by a sommelier
Canned wine once suffered from a bad reputation, but today’s versions offer a winning combination of good taste and value. It is a fantastic choice if you like them health benefits of a glass of wine during the week. Thanks to the airtight design, you can pour yourself a glass without worrying about the wine going out or losing its freshness. Once opened, boxed wine lasts 4-6 weeks. Affordable and less waste? Sign us up!
The bag-in-a-box format isn’t just more wallet-friendly, it’s also better for the environment. Producing and shipping glass wine bottles takes a lot more energy and resources than the humble bag-in-a-box combo. With social distancing measures still in place, it will be a minute before we can resume hosting large gatherings. But when it’s time to throw your first post-pandemic barbecue or your first backyard party, consider buying some boxed wine. At 3L (about 4 bottles of wine) you can pour the wine and delight your guests.
So whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, sip delicious wine without blowing your budget, or treat yourself to a glass of wine without having to spoil yourself in a few days, boxed wines are worth a look. Here are our best boxed wines to pick up all year round:
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Jenny & Francois From the Tank Red wine
Delicious organic boxed wine? You bet! Jenny & Francois Selections’ natural organic boxed wine “From the Tank” is available in red, white and rosÃ© versions. With its berry profile mixed with violets, fresh herbs and a dash of black pepper, From the Tank: Red is a real star.
Bandit Pinot Grigio wines
A little tropical mixed with notes of peach, lemon, lime and crunchy apple, Bandit’s Pinot Grigio is a must-have for white wine lovers. The lightweight Tetra Pak containers come in 500ml and 1L versions, making Bandit Wines perfectly portable whether you’re camping, going to the beach, or having a picnic in the park. Warning: there are 6 other wines in the Bandit range, and they are all worth trying.
Vina Borgia Garnacha
Rich aromas and flavors of berry and cherry in this deliciously fruity Spanish Grenache. A touch of pepper and licorice completes the palate. Thanks to its cool profile, you can easily serve it slightly chilled on a hot day. Anything that means a gorgeous fruit with wine would work just as well in a sangria.
Bousquet Natural Origins Malbec
Made from certified organic grapes, Natural Origins is one of the first organic boxed wines to emerge from South America. Decadent blackberry, cherry, cassis and plum with generous touches of black pepper. Plus, thanks to its thick skin, Malbec is loaded with resveratrol, which means it’s one of the healthiest red wine choices you can make.
La Vieille Ferme RosÃ©
RosÃ© lovers will love the notes of ripe strawberries, cherries and pretty floral notes of this classic blend from the southern RhÃ´ne. With a juicy blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, La Vieille Ferme RosÃ© is a great choice for spring, summer, whenever the sun is shining.
The Little Frog Picpoul
This wonderfully crunchy white wine is based on the French grape variety Picpoul. It’s a wonderful summer drink that’s clean and bright with lots of lemon, honeysuckle, and chalky minerality. A great aperitif wine that is ideal for any occasion that takes you outdoors.
Casina di Cornia Tre Passi Rosso Toscano
Tuscan sun in a box. Sangiovese dominates this organic red, with hints of tart cherry, crushed rose petals, fresh herbs and subtle spices. Perfect for pizza, pasta or sausage dishes, or anytime you plan to open a Chianti.
Chardonnay Bridge Lane
A delicious rosÃ© made from Cabernet Franc with an abundance of watermelon, raspberry, cherry and peach. Bridge Lane Super Sipable Dry RosÃ© is made from a blend of sustainably grown grapes grown in the North Fork of Long Island. If lighter rosÃ©s are your thing, be sure to take a box. (PS: it is also available in cans.)
Bota Merlot Box
Merlot is stuffed with polyphenols, including the anti-inflammatory quercetin. This lush red opens with tons of black cherry, plum and blackberry layered on sweet baking spices. Sweet and easy to drink, it’s the epitome of a rich yet affordable California Merlot.
Canteen Povero Dolcetto
Another sustainable choice from Italy, Cantine Povero’s Dolcetto leans heavily on the dark fruit camp. Blackberry, plum, black cherry, but there are also nice flavors of red berries. A bit tart, a bit tannic, it hits all the right notes and is a safe choice for vegan wine drinkers.
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