Recently on the television we have been seeing advertisements for wine in a box and thought we'd give it a try.
Valle Central, Chile
Delicious with filet mignon, roast duck, pork tenderloin or mushroom ravioli."
"What's the most delicious way to enjoy acclaimed wines without a hefty price tag? Lose the bottle. In 2003, Black Box Wines redefined the category by becoming the first U.S. vintner to offer super-premium, appellation-specific, vintage-dated wines in a box. Since then our expanding repertoire has earned 40 gold medals in wine competitions nationwide, yet still costs 40% less than comparable* bottled wines."
Jim came home with the small box today, a 2011 Cabernet Savignon, that is equivalent to 3 glasses of wine to try with our dinner at a cost of $5.99. The large box retails for $18.00 at our local grocery store which is equivalent to three bottles.
Saturday is his night to cook and we enjoyed a lovely grilled steak, steamed broccoli with strawberries and blackberries from the farmers market.
We also opened a bottle of Frank Family Cabernet 2006 which we paid approximately $38.00 a few years back. Not really a fair comparison because one was able to age but should you age boxed wine?
Even in a blind taste test there is no comparison and that is where the asterisk from the Black Box Wine statement above comes in.
* IRI, Total US Multi-Outlet and Convenience, 52 weeks ending 1/6/13. Comparison of average retail selling price of Black Box Wine and Super Premium category as reported by IRI. Please enjoy our wines responsibly. © 2013 Black Box Wines, Madera, CA
Considering we are talking a $6.00 bottle of wine what did we expect?