Nothing says "alcoholic" like getting drunk in your very own apartment on a Monday night…and nothing says "struggling alcoholic" like boxed wine. Now, be that as it may, I am proud to say that I am neither of these things (I swear), but I do enjoy the occassional glass of wine or two with dinner or while reading; and I enjoy it even more when someone is there to join me in my downward spiral. Misery does love company.
Misery has a name. That name would be Nick. Nick is an old friend of mine who made his travels all the way from Pennsylvania - Lancaster, to be exact (land of all those things you like to see when you're 7, i.e. Dutch Country, Hershey Park, horse and buggies, and big piles of poop), and he wanted to spend some quality time with his old BFF in his old town. I told him NYC isn't that different from Lancaster…we have big piles of poop here too. Oh, irreplaceable memories. And what's a great accessory for taking that long stroll down memory lane? Breaking out the bubbly? No no, breaking out the BOX.
First off, a box of Black Box Wine is equivalent to four 750 ml bottles. FOUR bottles. We were determined to polish it off throughout the course of the night, but that became somewhat of a challenge. The wine was a 2007 Merlot from California, not one of my favorites to begin with, but hey, sometimes quantity wins over quality. Just ask Tiger Woods. Ahh I was waiting to slip in a Tiger Woods joke in a post…it's not as exciting as I thought it would be. Moving on…
To make a long night short, this Black Box Wine wasn't half bad. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad. It was pretty smooth and full bodied (I could totally make another Tiger joke here!), but it had a bit of a "kick" to it. It was one of those concentrated, acidic wines that made your mouth pucker a little after the first few sips. After that though, you're home free. Even Nick said, "this wine kind of grows on you." A safe assessment by our resident Lancasteran. For me, I still have to take into account that it's Merlot - a rich wine to begin with, and it's boxed. Good boxed, bad boxed or hot boxed, it's still BOXED. That said, if you're going to make the sacrifice, I think Black Box Wines is a good bet; not to mention boxed wine can actually be a better option for entertaining due to the quantity for the price, and the fact that it takes up very little room on a table. Win-win.
Disclaimer: I do NOT recommend drinking the entire box between two people. We made it halfway through (about 2 bottles I assume) and that was about all the sulfites and tannins we could take. Please enjoy Black Box Wines for sharing. Because sharing is caring.
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