The Best Boxed Wines
Dare to think outside of the bottle with one of these affordable, tasty, and environmentally friendly wines.
2009 R. Müller Riesling
A lively freshness and scents of ripe peaches and honey make this inviting wine a foil for spicy Thai curry or chili-spiked Mexican food.
To buy: $24 for 3 liters (equivalent to 4 bottles), shop.underdogwinemerchants.com.
Featured August 2011
2009 Yellow and Blue Malbec
This easy-drinking wine boasts vivid flavors of blackberries and red plums, and a velvety richness that lingers in the mouth. Enjoy it with seared steak from the grill or a big pot of gumbo.
To buy: $9 for 1 liter (equivalent to 1.5 bottles), wineanthology.com.
Pepperwood Grove Old Vine Zinfandel
Dinner party guests will love this bold, juicy Zin. Notes of figs, cloves, and pepper sing with classics like roast beef, rosemary chicken, and stuffed baked potatoes.
To buy: $20 for 3 liters (equivalent to 4 bottles), centurywine.net.
2008 Bandit Pinot Grigio
Pack this slim, twist-off box on your next picnic. The sweet-tart zing of lime and papaya make it a thirst-quenching match for fried chicken and German potato salad.
To buy: $8 for 1 liter (equivalent to 1.5 bottles), astorwines.com.
Seven, Bodegas Osbourne Red Table Wine
Smooth and rich, this blend of seven red grape varieties is perfect for parties, thanks to tasty notes of black cherries, pepper, and violets. Serve it with smoky-sweet barbecue ribs or pepperoni pizza.
To buy: $20 for 3 liters (equivalent to 4 bottles), midvalleywine.com.
2009 Silver Birch Sauvingnon
The vibrant tartness of grapefruit makes this fresh, herbaceous pick a crowd-pleaser with cheeseburgers, egg salad sandwiches, or even sesame noodles.
To buy: $24 for 3 liters (equivalent to 4 bottles), wine.com.
Clif, The Climber Cabernet Sauvignon
Lush with the aromas of blackberry and caramel, this Cabernet ends with a hint of peppery spice. Excellent with creamy cheeses or charcuterie, like prosciutto and spicy dried sausage.
To buy: $17 for 1.5 liters (equivalent to 2 bottles), cliffamilywinery.com.
2009 CalNaturale Chardonnay
The tang of granny smith apple and lemon peel is tempered by flavors of vanilla and oak. A great choice for garlicky hummus or pasta in a light cream sauce.
To buy: $11 for 1.5 liters (equivalent to 2 bottles), coolvines.com.
2009 Bota Box Shiraz
This juicy red wine―rich with ripe blackberry flavors―packs a punch. Though pleasantly supple, it is robust enough to cut through the spiciness of Mexican and Cajun dishes.
To buy: $20 for 3 liters (equivalent to 4 bottles), botabox.com.
2007 From the Tank Côtes-du-Rhône Vin Rouge
From a wine cooperative of local growers in the south of France comes this high quality, powerful blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan grapes. Delicious from beginning to end, it has dark cherry notes that make it particularly tasty with meat hot off the grill.
To buy: $40 for 3 liters (equivalent to 4 bottles), fromthetank.com for stores.
2009 Black Box Wine California Merlot
This easy-drinking wine has the soft, velvety texture typical of light-bodied Merlots. Plummy and slightly oaky, it goes well with grilled seafood and roasted chicken.
To buy: $25 for 3 liters (equivalent to 4 bottles), astorwines.com.
2010 Fish Eye Pinot Grigio
Sip on this ultra-refreshing, citrusy white during cocktail hour: Honeydew melon and apple notes give it a crisp, not-too-dry finish that goes well with light snacks, cheese, and crackers. It also makes a cool companion to Asian food and light pasta dishes.
To buy: $16 for 3 liters (equivalent to 4 bottles), shop.underdogwinemerchants.com.