Posts Tagged ‘boxed wine’

The life of wine (Andes Peaks Chard at 6 weeks)

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Most wine people, myself included, suggest drinking wine the day the bottle is opened.  Some wines can be enjoyed the next day, and others still can theoretically last, especially if refrigerated, for several days.  But eventually, and depending upon one’s tolerance for oxidation, the wine will become virtually undrinkable.


OK, so it is not THAT SIMPLE.  But modern technology, a little ingenuity and TADA…

What can I say?  I just re-tasted the wine that I initially popped the cork…..uhhh….snapped the spout on over SIX WEEKS AGO and the darned resilient thing just won’t die!  Not only is this wine still drinkable, it is showing some lovely Chardonnay characteristics.  Melon, honey & subtle citrus aromas; crisp, pleasant & easily drinkable.

Now I am not suggesting that the next time you whip out the fancy crystal for a special dinner party that you pair your meal with a boxed wine.  But if you like to have a glass or two a night, worry about finishing up bottles, appreciate a good deal & have room for a nicely packaged box of wine with a cool spout in your fridge; GO PICK UP SOME BOXED WINE TODAY.! There ain’t nothing wrong with it.  As a matter of fact, it might be one of the best wine buys you will ever make!

Happy alternatively packaged wine tasting!


1 month boxed wine

Friday, July 24th, 2009

I was talking to a gentleman at a retail wine shop in the city last night and he asked me about decanting.  I told him that I generally only like to decant a real young wine.  That is,  unless I know I’ll be pouring the whole bottle at once (to a crowd – not drink it all from one large glass) – in which case it may make sense to decant.  In general, I like to follow the wine as it opens in the glass – and decanting sorta prevents that.

Speaking of following a wine as it opens,  I have had the pleasure of following the Andes Peak Chard for a MONTH.  It is pretty unheard of but I am here today to tell you ladies and gentlemen that this wine is STILL ALIVE…

The Color has gotten deeper, the flavors a bit nuttier, but bottom line, this low budget wine STILL passes ALL the tests.

Don’t know what else to say on the topic that hasn’t been covered the past few weeks.  Hey, I’m a believer!!!

Happy oxygen free wine tasting!!!


box wine part IV

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

It has now been about 3 weeks since I first opened up the Andes Peak Chardonnay.

These wine in box work REALLY WELL!

Taking a look at the picture you can see that these airtight bags inside the box really do keep air out.  When pouring wine from a bottle, air replaces the space in the bottle vacated by the wine.  But just like vacuum packed foods, here, when the wine leaves, there is no air entering and the wine maintains its freshness.

I know it is not as romantic as popping the cork and pouring a glass bottle.  But hey, if it is the juice inside you are after & you have yet to try a boxed wine, I strongly encourage you to check one out.

THREE weeks after opening the Andes Peak Chardonnay it is alive and well.  Just like last week’s tasting it is missing a bit of the freshness it initially had, but I detect NO oxidation and found the wine to be quite pleasant.  Not bad huh?!

Happy 3 week old boxed wine tasting!