The Box vs. The Bottle
Box vs. Bottle
Or, why the box is the better choice every time.
Boxed wine has long been considered the cheap alternative to bottled wine. But the world is staging a wine revolution. Many countries have already embraced wine in a box, and It’s time for the U.S. to catch up. There are many reasons why you should consider trying boxed wine. The main reasons being the affordability and eco-friendly aspects. However, what many people don’t realize is the quality of boxed wine has come a long way. You can now get almost any type of wine in boxed form! Let’s take a closer look at boxed wine, shall we?
The glaring difference between boxed wine and bottled wine is affordability. A bottle of wine averages about $38.00 for 750 milliliters in the U.S. Whereas the average boxed wine costs about $15.00 for 3 liters of wine. There are cheaper bottled wines readily available, but let me do some simple math for you. Say you find a bottle of wine at the grocery store that costs $12 for 750 milliliters. That’s $12 for less than one liter of wine. Now imagine paying $38.00 a bottle for that same small amount of wine! With a box, you can get more than three times that amount of wine for just a few dollars more.
The economic aspects don’t end at the price tag. Boxed wine stays fresh for far longer after opening than bottled wine. You can keep a boxed wine fresh on your counter or in your fridge for up to six weeks! According to Wine Folly, however, bottled wine will only last up to five days after opening before spoiling. It’s obvious the smarter choice here is boxed wine.
Bottled wine is more expensive than boxed wine in large part not because of any quality differences, but because of the cost of shipping. Glass bottles are much heavier than boxes, and the gas to transport the bottles is harmful to the environment and your wallet. According to The New York Times, “A standard wine bottle holds 750 milliliters of wine and generates about 5.2 pounds of carbon-dioxide emissions when it travels from a vineyard in California to a store in New York. A 3-liter box generates about half the emissions per 750 milliliters. Switching to wine in a box for the 97 percent of wines that are made to be consumed within a year would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about two million tons, or the equivalent of retiring 400,000 cars.” With America on its way to becoming the largest wine market in the world, we need to be as economical and eco-friendly as possible to sustain ourselves.
Lastly, we have to talk about the sheer convenience of boxed wine. Whether you’re serving a group of people, or you’re wanting to enjoy wine on the go, bottled wine cannot compare to boxed wine. As previously mentioned, wine in a box comes in greater volumes than wine in a bottle. This is essential information when picking your wine for events. Boxed wine is also much easier to transport than bottled wine; glass is fragile and needs special care when transporting. Whereas boxes can stack nicely in your car or in your pantry until ready to serve.
There is one area that bottled wine has the box beat: visual aesthetic. A bottle of wine adds an elegance and sophistication that the box can’t touch. If this is what’s keeping you from serving boxed wine to your friends or guests, well, you already know we have a solution for you 😉
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