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.