There is a long lived type of snobbery when it comes to buying products. It is the one that assumes a product’s worth by its price and packaging, and purchasing wine is no exception. Well if you are guilty of this kind of judgment, you need to abandon it. There are some incredibly great tasting wines out there that are boxed or capped and sell for low prices.
One taboo with wines is the twist-off cap. Several years ago, Australian wine makers decided to ignore this rule of thumb and started using the twist-off closure on some of their best wines. In fact, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc has been determined by many to be one of the best Sauvignon Blanc’s available, costs around $20 and is topped with a twist-off cap. Now that’s a novelty – a 750 ml bottle of wine for $20 and using a twist off.
Since the Australian wine makers broke that taboo, other manufacturers all around the world have followed suit and continued the habit. These days you can find hundreds of delicious wines with the “cheap” cap. Many fine wine racks in elegant homes all over the world are filling up with those exact wine bottles. Wine makers have let go of the twist-off cap fear that has held wine lovers back from buying their products.
The next taboo we must tackle is that of the boxed wine. It has been an absolute given over the years that boxed wine is cheap for good reason – it is not that tasty or well made. You need to be brave, take a deep breath, and test this theory for yourself. Yes, it is logical that any drink that can sit in a box in your refrigerator for weeks just does not seem like a quality product, but what do you have to lose by trying? These wines are priced at around $4 for 500 ml as opposed to $12 for a smaller bottle, so the risk is low.
Here are some examples of ones that have great taste and also sell in that price range. Three Thieves sells a great wine in a Tetrapak that is well worth drinking. Thus far (many newer boxed wines have yet to be tested) the most popular boxed wine is Bandit NV Pinot Grigio. It is common knowledge that inexpensive and boxed wines tend to have a staler and nasty odor, but this one’s bouquet is unexpectedly refreshing and its citrus aroma and lingering taste will impress your senses.
Perhaps these taboo breakers will not be something you choose to serve at your bigger parties, but for your own dinner and daily glass, they will work just fine. These wines will stay fresh in your fridge for at least a week and the way they taste will surprise you. So let go of your product snobbery and not judge the wine by its cap or box.
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