Tasty Boxed Wines

September 4th, 2010

I can’t believe I am writing about boxed wines. Who would have thought that boxed wines could be tasty and convenient?

Well, here we are in boxed wine land. I have become a convert.

All the boxed wines below are European. Tasty wines that retail at the equivalent of about $7-10/per bottle. You can pour a glass one night if that’s all you want and have the rest be in great condition the following night. Not only have I become a convert, now I am now prosthelytizing about them!

I have listed approximate prices and the importer; three of them are only available in Oregon and Washington.

And there is one I dying to try that promises to be very good; a German Riesling, with a national importer. It has not yet arrived in Portland, but I may be able to get a box next week. I will update this blog with the German Riesling when I can.  JUST Added the Würtz Riesling!

Great Boxed Wines

Würtz Riesling Trocken 2008

$24 for 3 litres

A lovely little QBA Riesling from the Rheinhessen, dry, with enough fruit to balance the racy acidity. Crisp and clean, it is a lovely, bright glass of wine. A joy to have a Riesling in a box.  We will drink a lot of this wine for sure.  Imported by Domaine Select Wine Estates.

Terra Da Malta Branco (white)

$34 for 5 litres

Apparently non vintage (although it may be and they just did not feel it necessary to list the vintage), this aromatic white shows a floral note thanks to the Moscatel and Sauvignon blanc in the blend (along with 3 indigenous varieties). A simple pleasing wine for everyday drinking, from the Estremadura region of Portugal. Imported by Casa Bruno in Portland, Oregon.

Bodegas Adria Val Montium Mencia 2008

$30 for 3 litres

My favorite of the boxed wines, this is an unoaked Mencia, full of bright black cherry fruit with enough acid and tannins to make it a fairly serious wine. It is simply delicious. Our house red this year. Imported by Scoperta Importing in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Scatola di Vino 2008

$27 for 3 litres

Made by the great estate Vignamaggio in Greve, Chianti from young vines, this is a classic little Chianti with black cherry and leather notes. Simple and very pleasing. Vignamaggio makes a lot of boxed wine for the Scandinavian market, so it was easy for Columbia Distributing in Portland to have some of it diverted to the Pacific Northwest. Imported by Admiralty Beverage, a division of Columbia Distributing to Oregon and Washington.

La Vielle Ferme Cotes du Ventoux

$25 for 3 litres

A Cotes du Rhone look-a-like, this wine shows classic Grenache character, with a bit of Syrah’s structure. It is a solid wine, also sold in 750 bottles. This is a steal! Imported by Vineyard Brands.

Domaine La Guintrandy Vin du Pays 2008

$25 for 3 litres

As classic a café or carafe wine as I’ve ever tasted and another Cotes du Rhone look-a-like. Very fresh and lively with Grenache notes very strong on the palate. A juicy, easy to drink wine made for everyday consumption. A good deal for a lovely little wine. Imported by Triage Wines, in Oregon and Washington.

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  1. September 6th, 2010 at 12:01 | #1

    Lisa, good post!

    Funny that there are so many tasty boxed wines in Europe, but very few of quality here…as yet. I hope that may be changing.

    Last year, when I was wine-traveling through Rhone and Provence, I saw several box wines of better-than-average quality—Saint-Joseph AOC, Crozes-Hermitage AOC, Saint-Peray AOC, and numerous Cotes-du-Rhone AOC, along with any number of vin de pays wines.

    For awhile a shop in Santa Rosa brought in some Brocard Chardonnay “Jurassique” from Chablis! Don’t know if that’s still available though.

    In any case, the Europeans are drinking far, far better than we in the US, because they don’t hesitate to buy large quantities of wine in a box—if it’s good wine at a good price. It’s more about the wine than the snoot factor with them.

    • Lisa Shara Hall
      September 6th, 2010 at 13:35 | #2

      Thanks Hoke! I agree!

  2. September 15th, 2010 at 16:37 | #3

    great blog thank you

  3. September 17th, 2010 at 10:50 | #4

    I’ve been meaning to try that Mencia! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Lisa Shara Hall
      September 17th, 2010 at 12:54 | #5

      I got mine at Pastaworks.

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