Boxed wine is easier and cheaper than buying bottles – and these surprisingly delicious reds are the best
Wine IN A BOX is a great way to save money for a get-together – as well as a perfect accompaniment to a picnic as it’s lighter and there’s plenty to share.
Today’s vino cartons are much better thanks to new technology and better seals that give producers the confidence to pack their best wines that way.
Wine expert Helena Nicklin of thethreedrinkers.com tasted a selection of boxed and bagged wines under £15 and gave us her verdict out of five.
BEST TO IMPRESS: 5/5
Peach and strawberry flavored and perfect for summer. This Gallic glugger hails from a warmer part of France, which adds an extra dollop of ripe fruit flavor.
This dazzling drop does not disappoint and would look lovely on ice. Rich and heavy and great on its own or with any type of food, this lady in a pocket is classy in a glass.
BEST FOR BARBECUE: 3/5
Another good pocket of wine, from the Italian region of Puglia. This elegant berry red beauty is all about crunchy fruit flavors and bursts of plum with a rustic earthy touch to boot.
Try it chilled in a tumbler as something different this summer, which also makes it perfect for a picnic with pate and charcuterie or a meat feast barbecue. Bellissima!
Pinot Gris: 2/5
The subtle, smoky touch reveals its Moldavian heritage.
It’s a decent drop that does what it says on the box without setting the world on fire but without tasting a hangover either.
Kind of like a French flint Chablis, but from Chile.
In terms of flavors, it requires some nibbling. I would have a glass with a handful of salted nuts or crisps and a piece of hard cheese.
BEST FOR PARTIES: 5/5
I was surprised how good this boxed rosé was for the price.
Dry, with subtle pear and red fruit flavors – well balanced and refreshing.
If you like your Chardonnay more vanilla than oak, then this is a good choice.
This Aussie Chardonnay is fruity, ripe and round but not too sweet and very easy to drink.
BEST FOR DINNER: 3/5
This light and refreshing Italian wine is dry and savory with a hint of yeast and a refreshing vibe of underripe pear.
Ideal for a summer dinner.
BEST FOR MAKING SANGRIA: 2/5
On first sip, this lovely red is packed with notes of sweet plum with a velvety chocolate texture, but is let down by a bitter finish.
An ideal base for a carafe of summer sangria.