I do have one serious NY goal…

…and that’s to drink more wine in boxes. Or, as they’re calling it, drink more ‘cask’ wines. Yes, I’m absolutely serious here. Not a hint of a smirk on my face…no snarky punchline waiting in the wings.

I know, I know – your toes are curling, right? I live in a place with plentiful, decent wine – and I’m opting for the stuff in a box?

But I’ve good reasons, so hear me out before you sniff and turn away.

See, I’m the only one in the house who drinks – and it’s rare for me to have guests here who also like wine. So if I open a bottle, I have to be committed to it – either to drink it all in an evening (I’ve done that, don’t recommend it) or to want to have it again within the next 48 hours (yes, even with a VacuVin, in my experience) since I lean towards red wine.

Sadly, too many unfinished bottles either ended up being dumped into the communal jug of ‘cooking wine’ that’s stored in the refrigerator waiting for the next batch of pasta sauce last year – or just discarded after it’d turned (despite appearances to the contrary, I really don’t drink that much and/or that often.)

So the notion of wine with a 30-day shelf-life – well, it’s appealing. Not to mention cost-conscious, since I’m not wasting any.

So I’m on the maiden voyage – a box of Delicato shiraz in what they’re calling a ‘Bota Box.’ It’ll do – but it’s not going to be the house wine. Once this is gone, what should I try next time? (I’m not a big fan of merlot, though…and yes, I know I need to see Sideways)


  1. unfortunately, i do not have one to suggest… but i hope you report the complete results of your new experiment! i, too, am the lone wine drinker in my household – and so many good bottles have been wasted…. (sigh)

  2. I think you’ve just described a market for a different way to store opened wine.

    I experimented with one vacuum thingie (I can’t remember the brand name) to preserve opened wine: it’s the kind where you insert a special rubber plug into the bottle, then hand-pump the air out with a little plunger that fits over the top of the plug. I found that the seal usually broke within a day. (Maybe this is the same principle as a Vacuvin?)

    What is needed is a box into which to pour the half-bottle: a small refillable wine box with an inert flexible plastic liner, so that the remnants can be stored away from air. One side of the box would have a greaseboard or other erasable surface, on which you could write the name of the wine and the date opened. I have to think that you and I wouldn’t be the only market.

  3. Yep, there’s a market here. And yes, you did indeed try the VacuVin – with similar results. I believe there’s a more elaborate way to store half-opened bottles, involving needles through a re-inserted cork and some kind of gas – but that’s more elaborate than I ever want to get.

    I like your idea, but for this: you’d need a new inert plastic liner each time, no?

  4. The liners could be made to be washable. My concept is that the user would rinse out the liner when it’s empty, then when filling it with the partial bottle of wine would screw on the tap, press a button to open a one-way valve, and then squeeze the air out. (Any wine squeezed out in the process could be consumed as a sort of service charge.)

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