Big Bottles That Won't Break Your Party Budget
By BEN GILIBERTI
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Price is usually the major consideration when buying wines for office parties and other large holiday functions, which is why jugs, magnums (1.5-liter bottles) and bag-in-box wines are popular choices for such gatherings. Although in general the quality is truly abysmal, a select few big-bottle wines deliver tasty holiday cheer without breaking the party budget.
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Don't worry about deciding between cork, screw cap or bag-in-box. The only thing that matters is what's inside.
Here is Ben's boxed wine recommendation:
Castelmaure 2004 Corbieres ($36 for 5-liter bag-in-box; France; Kysela Pere et Fils Ltd., 540-722-9228): This exceptionally tasty bag-in-box wine is similar to a good Cotes-du-Rhone, with soft fruit and light notes of Provencal herbs.