"Whether you bring wine in a box, can, or bottle depends on the situation. Would you bring a $100 bottle of wine to a 40-person reunion? Probably not. Would you bring a few cases of $20 wine? Maybe, but then you do have to consider the clean-up, transportation, storage, serving, etc. Wine in a three-liter box might make sense for something like this. It is an easy 'self-serve' vessel. No corks are involved, and it is usually a wine that has mass appeal making it perfect for a crowd with minimal clean-up.
"There is a time and a place for every style of wine — canned, bottled, and boxed. Like many, my 'formal introduction' to boxed wine was at college parties or at culinary school when it used as 'cooking wine.'
"While boxed wine does seem to have a place at more casual, large gatherings (easy to transport and store, approachable to drink, and most importantly, extremely affordable), there are so many options in the marketplace today that appeal to many wine drinkers. I always keep in mind is that everyone has different preference when it comes to wine like style, color, flavor profile, and price point — it is important to never judge a book (or a box) by its cover.
"Black Box Cabernet 2018
($19, 3L): From Chile, this boxed wine is very popular and easy to find. It is full-bodied with rich dark berry fruit, cocoa powder and vanilla. My friend brought this for a long-weekend cabin trip and in that moment, it was absolutely the perfect choice. It is easy to pack, carry, and store. Once opened, the shelf life for boxed wine is much longer than wine in a bottle. It is also very easy to drink next to a fire on a cold fall evening.
"VRAC Rose 2018
($28, 3L): VRAC sources fruit from Pays des Maures and Pays de la Mediterranee. A classic Provence blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah, this rosé is light and easy drinking, perfect for a crowd on a warm summer day.
"Bandit Wines Pinot Grigio
($19.99 3L): A project by Charles Bieler, Joel Gott, and Roger Scommegna, this wine is textured with lots of citrus, peach, and pear tones. As someone who loves to be active, I love their mission statement: 'At Bandit, we have wine in our glass, and adventure in our soul.' This boxed wine is made for the great outdoors with lightweight eco-friendly packaging. Bandit Wines has also teamed up with the National Parks Foundation, donating $50,000 for their 50th anniversary. It is wine to feel good about, and enjoy with your favorite freeze dried meals on the trail."— Nora Hoefer, in-house wine concierge at Empathy Wines (a new direct-to-consumer winery from entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk) and certified sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers Level II)