Jessica Altieri

Wine and Water Expert

Be Brave And Bold With Boxed Wines

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You say you haven’t tried a boxed wine? Well, think inside the box: these eco-friendly, drop-proof wines are problem solvers. They stay fresh A LOT longer than bottled wines, once opened. Picnics. Camping. Hiking. Emergencies. Boxed wines have come a long way. And cork taint? Now there’s a problem solved.


Let me ask one question of the doubters among us: How many times have you edged toward the wee hours of a party and run out of wine? Porch lights off, bats winging by, friends all telling their once-upon-a- time tales, and the last drop drips from the last bottle. Before the groans turn to farewells, I simply head into the house, open a lovely red or white that’s waited patiently for this moment—and the cozy autumn moon party doesn’t miss a beat.

At the end of the night, fantastic tasting wine is what everyone wants, bottled or boxed!

Fave Sips

  • Silver Birch New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 
  • Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • Big House Cardinal Zin Beastly Old Vines California Zinfandel 

California Zinfandel ($22)

Great Eats

I would still be picky about my picnic fare, even if the wine comes in a box. Cured meats and aged cheddar for the Zinfandel, fresh seafood, grilled chicken and light salads for the Sauvignon Blanc.

The Unforgettable Kiss

At a blindfolded taste off on ABC’s Windy City Live, the hosts could not tell the boxed wines from the bottled. Same varietal, different containers. Drew Ellis’ glorious boxed Silver Birch wowed everyone. This outstanding boxed wine has delicious melon, mango and gooseberry notes, with a racy finish. By the time we finished, I turned those TV hosts into boxed wine believers!

Ellis’ famed New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has a Wine Enthusiast Magazine best buy rating. And Drew, a New Yorker who fell in love with viticulture, puts his fine art degree to good use in the vineyards of New Zealand. How so? Drew does not force the grapes into preconceived wines. Like any artist, he lets the medium—the grapes—express themselves. THEN he puts them in boxes!