Did ya’ll see the Slate article this week? This one: Drink Cheap Wine. It was so refreshingly honest. Good, decent, everyday wine DOES NOT HAVE TO COST A BUNDLE. But you knew that already. I mean, if you read this blog, you have to appreciate saving money on a bottle of wine.
You probably also know that I’m a big fan of boxed wine. It’s inexpensive (see above), you don’t have to worry about spoilage, and it’s inexpensive. Wait, I said that twice. Because it bears repeating: boxed wine is the epitome of affordability.
And you’d be surprised at the quality wine you can find wrapped up in these cardboard miracles. You can find everything from Napa Chardonnay to French Cotes du Ventoux to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to Spanish Red in these convenient containers.
A few of my favorites:
La Vieille Ferme Rouge Cotes du Ventoux (France)
3L for $21 at Spec’s (equivalent of 4 standard bottles for $5.25 each)
We served this one with Thanksgiving dinner last year, and it was damn near perfect. I don’t think there was a drop left by the end of the meal. Win!
Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
3L for $19 at Spec’s (equivalent of 4 standard bottles for $4.75 each)
This is my go-to white boxed wine, and I’ve yet to have a guest who didn’t rave about it. It’s as good as just about any $15+ New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It is THAT GOOD. (Previously reviewed here.)
Monthaven Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
3L for $23 at HEB (equivalent of 4 standard bottles for $5.75 each)
I can get this one at my local grocer, and sometimes for only $18 when it goes on sale. It’s earthy and fruity, and my husband loves it. We serve it with steak and meatloaf and burgers. It’s an all-around solid red. You can’t go wrong.
Wine Cube Chardonnay (California)
3L for $16 at Target (equivalent of 4 standard bottles for $4.00 each)
I reviewed the Wine Cube Sauvignon Blanc in the past, but found the Chardonnay to be superior. Imagine that! This is a solid California Chardonnay full of cream and butter with a floral fragrance. It’s just lovely. And it fits perfectly on narrow refrigerator shelves. Try it and see if it doesn’t.
And my big secret:
Franzia Cabernet Sauvignon
5L for $12 at HEB & Walmart (equivalent of 6.67 bottles for about $1.80 each)
There is nothing at all complex about this box of wine. It’s all fruit and ridiculously cheap (under $2 a bottle!!!), and I almost always have a box hiding in the pantry. (True story.) I use it in marinades and sauces for cooking, and I drink it, too. There’s something homey and comforting about the simplicity of this Cab, especially when you pour a glass to go with meatloaf or spaghetti.
So there you have it: five fine boxed wine alternatives to enjoy. Have I missed any? Do you have a favorite boxed wine you’ve been embarrassed to share?
Tell me about it; it’ll be our little secret.