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Old 12-08-2012, 07:28 PM   #31
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A vote for Black Box here. Merlot or Cabernet. Not great but pretty decent for my taste. Also good for cooking. In my area it usually ends up being around $4.50-5.50 per 750ml or between $18 to $21 for the box. Cheers!
Tried the Cab this evening. With no previous experience with boxed wines (and precious little experience with "premium" cabs) I give it a thumbs up.

"Offering a lush display of dark berries" the marketing blurb says, and that was indeed my first taste impression. Very fruity, flavorful wine. Not quite as smooth as I'd wish for, but really, not bad at all. I wouldn't be at at all reluctant to serve it to dinner guests. Good for sipping as well.

My local supermarket sells it for $18.99 (marked down from $24.99). I doubt I could find anything comparable at less than $10 per bottle. Great find.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:20 AM   #32
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Want good boxed wine, go South African!


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Old 12-09-2012, 02:08 AM   #33
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Want good boxed wine, go South African!
Hi Snip,

I honestly haven't seen any boxed SA wines in this area, but speaking of South Africa wines, I won a bunch tonight in a silent auction. I'm actually pretty excited to try them. One of the bottles (Overgaauw) is a wine my wife and I have had before and really like. The others I'm not as familiar with, but have it on good authority that they are also as good as the Overgaauw.

Some of my favorite wines come from South Africa.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:48 AM   #34
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Hi Snip,

I honestly haven't seen any boxed SA wines in this area, but speaking of South Africa wines, I won a bunch tonight in a silent auction. I'm actually pretty excited to try them. One of the bottles (Overgaauw) is a wine my wife and I have had before and really like. The others I'm not as familiar with, but have it on good authority that they are also as good as the Overgaauw.

Some of my favorite wines come from South Africa.
Hi Steve

South African wines are good. I suppose they won't export boxed wine there. We keep our own cheap stuff
Wish I could go do the Cape wine route again. Great fun with loads of good food and wine. Hope you like your Auction wines
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:50 PM   #35
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After the Black Box Cabernet (which I liked), I moved on to the Merlot (which I like even more). Two complaints, however, about the box arrangement:

The first glass or two can be messy, Never know where the squirt from the spigot will end up. One solution would be to empty into a wide mouth bowl, and transfer to the glass. Once the pressure is diminished, the remaining glasses are neat and easy.

Until the near end of the supply is reached. Tipping the box will help, but eventually I found I had to open the box, remove the bag, and cut a small opening in the corner to drain the last glass.

Minor inconveniences, to be sure, but I would hope there might be advances in box "technology" to eliminate them. Good wine, though, without question.
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At the moment we are very pleased with Lichette in a four litre box - both the white and the red. They are from Noémie Vernaux.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:47 AM   #37
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I like Franzia's White Zinfandel for an everyday wine. I keep it on the counter to avoid taking up too much fridge space. When I pour a glass, I (gasp!) put a couple ice cubes in it. Works for me
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I like Franzia's White Zinfandel for an everyday wine. I keep it on the counter to avoid taking up too much fridge space. When I pour a glass, I (gasp!) put a couple ice cubes in it. Works for me
I have this same wine in the fridge all of the time. It also works well for making wine coolers.
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I like Franzia's White Zinfandel for an everyday wine. I keep it on the counter to avoid taking up too much fridge space. When I pour a glass, I (gasp!) put a couple ice cubes in it. Works for me
GG, you mean I can come out of the closet with my goblet of iced wine?
Here's to the tinkle of ice in wine. High fives!
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GG, you mean I can come out of the closet with my goblet of iced wine?
Here's to the tinkle of ice in wine. High fives!
I fill the whole glass with ice I prefer my rotten grape juice chilled
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