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Wine boxes – classy or trashy?

I’ve been met time and time again with either drastically positive or negative feedback when I bring up the wine box question. From the most educated sommelier to average wine drinkers, it just seems that the wine box has gotten a bad wrap over the years. I, on the other hand, find that the wine box is a brilliant and economical invention. BUT, it depends where you buy it.

I don’t understand how someone who enjoys wine, can’t also be a smart shopper? Wine boxes have come long way…

The Alcohol Commission in Quebec doesn’t believe in more for less. Their pricing always comes down to what it would cost for one bottle. Therefore, if you’re trying to buy in bulk in terms of cases, it’ll still cost the same per bottle. Which is the same concept with the wine box – if the box contains the equivalent of three bottles, then you’re going to be charged for three bottles. Sure the wine’s quality is a little better in the boxes sold at the commission, but why buy a box when you can get three bottles for the same price, right?

You need to get savvy if you want to save money with the box – which in all honesty is the main reason I buy wine boxes. My husband has a rather large family, so it makes more sense to get boxes for our family functions.

More wine for less

More wine for less

Do your research. How much would you normally pay for a bottle? Normally it will contain 4 litres – the equivalent of about 5.5 standard bottles of wine. In Quebec, we can purchase wine at the convenience store, supermarket and even Costco. There’s some really great brands available in box format. Most boxes will vary between $30-$40. Keep an eye out for sales or rebates, the better wines are always around the $40 mark – you can get them for $30-$35 on sale most of the time.

As many of you have already read in my previous posts, I’m partial to Wallaroo Trail wines, as well as the Toro Loco brand. Due to the vacuum sealed bag, I find the wine doesn’t ‘go bad.’

Come on…. Wine boxes aren’t that bad.

Cheers!!

Wallaroo Trail (Red) yellow label 1l $11.72 (IGA)

I’m a firm believer that you have to try something first before knocking it.

In the province of Quebec you can purchase wine not only at your local alcohol commission, but also at the supermaket and convenience store. Most of the wines you’ll find there are blends of a bunch of barel bottoms. Technically if you like the wine once, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll like it the next time you have it.  Due to this, a lot of people scoff at the idea of purchasing wine at the supermarket or convenience store.

I, on the other hand, am always on the lookout for that hidden rare gem. Plus who doesn,t want to find a great wine at a great price?!

This brings me to my first post about a supermarket wine. Available at most major supermarkets in the province of Quebec, Wallaroo Trail Red (1 litre format) is another go-to wine for my family and I. Plus, it’s not only great in sangrias, but also on its own.

Wallaroo Trail

Wallaroo Trail (Red)

I enjoy Wallaroo Trail red because it’s consistent in taste and colour compared to most other ‘house wines’ you’ll find at the supermarket. I can only recall once when instead of having its dark red colour and bold flavouring – it was a diluted red and had a watery taste – but then, that can happen with expensive wines with ‘corking’.

I know, I know – you’re having trouble believing me. However, it is worth a try.

If Wallaroo Trail’s deep, dark, luscious red colour doesn’t get you – it’s taste most certainly will. Definitely swirl the wine, its aromas will certainly seduce you. Delicate and not overly aggressive its spicy/berry blend will get you immediately. Take another sip and truly let the flavours overtake your palate. It pairs well with a great steak or pasta.

So… are you converted?

Cheers!