Really, I don't want to like boxed wine. Being someone who appreciates quality wine. I don't want to think wine from a box is convenient, economical or practical and I don't want to admit that I've tried it, drank it and went back for seconds. I certainly don't want to admit that I'd spend my hard-earned cash money on it. But I have, did and do. Before you judge me, raise your hand if you have:
a) a very small kitchen with little space to store your cereal, let alone wine.
b) a very small budget, with little money to buy cereal, let alone wine.
I thought so.
As much as I want to be a snob and ignore the very existence of boxed wine, there are a few reasons why it actually makes sense, once in awhile, to swallow your pride and cart home a cardboard case of Duca del Frassino ($19.99). For just shy of $20 you'll be buying the equivalent of four 750ml bottles of wine, perfect for a party, perfect if you're short on storage space and friendly on your wallet, too.
Now, is this the best wine I've ever had? Absolutely not. Is it a fairly good, inexpensive wine to sip while you're watching Sex and the City 2 with your girlfriends or chowing down on homemade pizza night? Sure is.
Why should you drink this wine? Because you can laugh at yourself. It's still a box of wine, right? OH I KID. As boxed wine goes, this is a good one. Choose it if you're looking to drink something light, unpretentious and fruit-forward...or if you don't have the space to stash four bottles of wine in your efficiency-sized fridge.
When should you drink this wine? When you're eating, pair this with appetizers, spicy seafood dishes or fresh, simple poultry or pork. You can also tote this wine to a party - it's with a built-in spout and handle, eco-friendly Duca eliminates glass or breakage issues and that hard-to-open cork - great for a vino novice.
How should you drink this wine? Chill it! Since each box contains plenty of wine for a party, you'll have no excuse not to have that second -- and third -- bottle on ice when your guests arrive.
How long should I age this wine? Duca wines not only have a built-in spout, but are sealed to maintain freshness up to five weeks after openin.
Food Pairings: Lighter options like chicken or fish pair nicely with this simple wine, but it's fruity finish will stand up nicely to salty cured meats, cheeses and tomato based sauces. If you happen to pick up a box of Duca vino next time you're at the store, try one of these recipes for a perfect pairing:
Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Apples from In Good Taste
Penne All'Arrabbiata from In Good Taste
Spinach & Ricotta Pizza from In Good Taste
Spaghetti with Spicy Clam Sauce from Lisa is Cooking
Spinach & Brie Chicken with Tomato Orzo from We Are Not Martha