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16 June 2015

When most people think of boxed wines, they think of the cheap stuff they drank in college (an alternative to those ubiquitous kegs of beer). But though they used to get a bad rap, and aren’t particularly as sexy as their glass-bottle cousins, boxed wines have come a long way in recent years, offering sippers that are actually pretty good as your home’s signature table wine. Another big bonus: They last longer once opened than “regular” wines. The following are a few vintages to try, available at grocers and wine stores across Atlanta. 

Photo courtesy of Bota Box

Photo courtesy of Bota Box

Bota Box 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (California), $23 (3 liters).
A great everyday cab, each juicy sip is packed with flavors of blackberry and cherry. Enjoy the full-bodied tannins and a dry, spicy finish. According to the brand, the eco-friendly packaging keeps out light and air, meaning the wine can last for a month or more.

Black Box Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (Valle Central, Chile), $24.99 (3 liters).
This refreshing dry white wine blends crisp acidity and the sweetness of peaches with slight floral notes. One hundred percent fermented in stainless steel, its herbaceous undertones accentuate its clean, fresh taste.

Vinchio-Vaglio Serra Piedmonte Barbera 2012 (Piedmont, Italy), $16 (3 liters).
Black cherry and hints of plum and mint hit the palate in this smooth and silky full-bodied wine. A bit of spice kicks in midway and lasts through the long finish.

La Vieille Ferme Vin Rouge (Rhone, France), $28 (3 liters).
From the Cotes du Ventoux region in Rhone, France, this red blend includes Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault grapes. The medium-bodied, well-rounded vino begins with aromas of black cherry, plum and lavender and also flavors of earthy dried herbs and spices. Filled with juicy fruit and good acidity, it’s an excellent pairing with whatever the home chef is cooking up for dinner.