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Any good boxed wines?

Stanley Stephan | Jun 12, 200308:36 PM

I like to keep a box of white and a box of red in the fridge for cooking or for those times I want a glass of wine with dinner without the hassle of opening an entire bottle.

Ok, I tried black box Chardonnay and it is ok. Kind of a honey flavor, it doesn't have the grassy taste of the Franzia and Peter Vella whites.

However, trying to upgrade my reds, I tried the Hardy Merlot and Cabernet at the jug shop which is supposed to be a quality wine from Australia. Pooh, spit, yuck, ick.

Three times the price of Franzia top of the line (so to speak) with one quarter the flavor. It has a medicianl aftertaste.

Then I had to suffer with this swill for weeks. (I may share extra food with the homeless, but somehow dropping off a box of wine just doesn't seem right. Probably appreciated, but just not right).

So does anyone sell any good red wines (I'm more than familiar with Franzia and Vella)?

I'm looking for a decent table wine. Not interested in bottles as this sits weeks in the fridge. Not interested in pumping whatever gas that is into the bottle to keep it fresh. Really don't want the hassle of half bottles. That still amounts to more than one glass and there are weeks when I don't drink.

I stopped by the new K & L wine shop location and they truly blew me off. It's the first time they were rude to me. Told me that I should shop at Safeway ... I kid you not. In my FROSTIEST voice I told them that European and Australian wines were putting premium wines in boxes and if they were not knowledgable about that, I wasn't really interested in buying at their shop anymore. Then I huffed out of the store.

So, does anyone sell those quality wines by the box in the bay area?

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