Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Wine Blogging Wednesday #31

Boxed wine (and all other forms of non-traditional packaging) is the theme of next month's Wine Blogging Wednesday. WBW #31 is being hosted by Roger at Box Wines blog.

I'm sure many wine bloggers are scratching their heads in puzzlement, wondering what sort of noxious plonk they will find inside the dreaded box. But I say "Woo-Hoooo!" This sounds like fun! Decisions, decisions....

Domestic or import? There are a number of very good domestic boxed wines, and Australia is of course very well represented. European imports are a little more difficult to find, as they are generally distributed by small importers, rather than the wine giants. I believe I'll make a serious effort to obtain some wines less readily available (in my neck of the woods anyway).

High end or economy? There is a great deal of perfectly slurpable boxed wine available for the equivalent of $4.00 to $8.00 per bottle. At the extremes, one can spend as much as over $21.75 (per bottle equivalent), or as little as $0.25 (per bottle equivalent). I think I'll view this WBW as a great excuse to splurge!

Bag-in-box or Tetrapak (or even cans!)? That's easy. I don't even care for beer in cans. I'm not a fan of Tetra. I do not like the Tetra "glug." I believe Tetra's recyclability is questionable. I prefer the way the bag-in-box excludes air over weeks of dispensing. And as a sailor and camper, I like to eliminate the cardboard box altogether and drop the bag into a specially made soft tote (the bag-sans-box is the goatskin of the future).

I'm sure I won't be able to stop at just one selection. That means enlisting the help of a number of friends. Wine shared is the best wine, and with a least six liters to try, that's a lot of sharing. I can't think of a better way to spend what could otherwise be the most dismal four weeks of winter! WBW #31 culminates on March 14.

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