Originally Posted by Cookingitup
The first time a saw boxed wine I thought "Boones Farm" I was at a dinner and all they had as far as wine was in a box. I was quite surprised to find a very good wine " in disguise". I have even been known to buy one or two!!!! What is the best boxed wine that anyone has tried?
The best I ever had was red and white côtes du rhône villages in 3 litre boxes. Price was around 15 eur (around 18$) so my initial expectations were not too high but I thought it would be just good enough (and in sufficient quantity) to keep my BBQ guests happy. In fact they were both great wines. The white was bold and slightly fruity in flavour. The red was round, pretty bold and herbal in flavour. Everything you'd expect from the best of cotes du rhone wines.
As far as the plastic corks and screw caps are concerned, I just have one problem. A good cork on a good wine is supposed to breathe and very gently interact with the outside air so the wine can gently age and ripen. How exactly is this supposed to happen with an airtight seal on it?