Battle of the Boxes Recap

Boxed wine has come a long way from its early days (think Franzia), and its sustainable design holds the equivalent of four bottles of wine making it easy to take anywhere – what’s not to love! To show everyone what all the buzz is about, we hosted a Battle of the Boxes free tasting and contest every Friday during the month of January. These boxed wines battled it out for best box as participants voted for his or her favorite box at the free tasting. And it doesn’t stop there – by voting, tasters were entering for a chance to win a box from the tasting lineup! Who doesn’t love free wine and a little friendly competition!? Below we have a little recap with tasting notes and the winners of each box battle.

Want to know what’s happening next or partake in our boxed wine reviews? Our in-store tastings as well as events we’re a part of around town can be found on our website!

Cabernet Box Battle

featuring: Bota Box, Big Green Box, Black Box and Gran Verano Cabernet Sauvignon 

cabernet box battle

The Winner: Bota Box, Cabernet Sauvignon

Mendoza, Argentina
“Bota Box Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black cherry and blackberry with a touch of violet and black peppercorn. Medium in body, this wine is supple and juicy with rich flavors of red currant, black fruit compote and spice on the finish.” – Bota Box

Pairs well with: barbecued meats, hearty stews or pasta served with marinara sauce

Big Green Box, Cabernet Sauvignon

Valle Central, Chile
“Our Pepperwood Grove Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and inviting, aromas of blackberry, red currant, dark chocolate and mocha draw you in. Flavors of dried sweet cherry, toasted coconut and sweet leather play against the long finish.” – Pepperwood Grove

Pairs well with: New York strip steak with blue cheese crumble, bbq chicken pizza or a grilled portobello mushroom burger

Black Box, Cabernet Sauvignon

Valle Central, Chile
“Black Box Wines Cabernet Sauvignon displays lovely aromas of black currants, with hints of mocha and toasty oak. Black cherry and chocolate flavors come together with smooth tannins, leading to a soft, lingering finish.” – Black Box Wines

Pairs well with: filet mignon, roast duck, pork tenderloin or mushroom ravioli

Gran Verano, Cabernet Sauvignon

Valle Central, Chile
“This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep and intense ruby-red color with pleasant notes of plums, blackberries and figs. On the palate, it has a juicy flavor with a pleasant, well rounded finish.”  – The Global Vineyard

Pairs well with: beef and venison

Pinot Box Battle

featuring: Big Green Box Pinot Grigio versus Bota Box Pinot Grigio and Big Green Box Pinot Noir versus Bota Box Pinot Noir

Pinot Box Battle

The Winner: Big Green Box, Pinot Grigio

“Our Pepperwood Grove Pinot Grigio boasts bright aromas of quince, dried fig and lemon zest. Tangy flavors of green apple combine with tropical notes of guava from the addition of the French Colombard grape. The great acidity in this wine makes it a perfect candidate for pairing with a variety of foods.” – Pepperwood Grove

Pairs well with: fresh crab cakes, chicken Alfredo pasta or a baked brie and warm bread appetizer

Bota Box, Pinot Grigio

“Bota Box Pinot Grigio offers lively aromas of nectarine, white peach, and light floral notes. This delightful medium-bodied wine has flavors of ripe peach, nectarine and bright citrus with a refreshing, clean finish.” – Bota Box

Pairs well with: no-fuss dinner entrees like pork stir-fry, grilled chicken salad or adult Mac n’ Cheese with a spicy kick of chorizo. Serve chilled.

The Winner: Big Green Box, Pinot Noir

Valle Central, Chile
“Our Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir is beautifully crafted, aromas of ripe cherries, baking spices and vanilla are vibrant on the nose. This wine exhibits enticing flavors of cranberry, red raspberry and caramel. Medium-bodied and expressive, this Pinot Noir is made for pairing with your favorite dishes.” – Pepperwood Grove

Pairs well with: grilled pork chops, cheeseburger and fries or a tomato bruschetta for some lighter fare

Bota Box, Pinot Noir

“Bota Box Pinot Noir offers bright aromas of cherry, blackberry and cocoa. This medium-bodied Pinot Noir has plush flavors of strawberry and cherry with hints of soft, toasty oak, which lead into elegant mid-palate tannins and a clean finish.” – Bota Box

Pairs well with: turkey burgers, wild mushroom pizza, and baked ziti with caramelized onions and goat cheese

European Box Throw Down

featuring: La Vieille Ferme Blanc, La Vieille Ferme Rouge, Ciconia, and Shania Monastrell

european box throw down

La Vieille Ferme, Blanc

Beautifully pale in color, with glimmering highlights. The delicate nose of white flowers, peach and citrus is outstandingly fresh. With a rich, well-balanced attack the palate offers superb tension, elegant floral and citrus aromas, great aromatic persistence and a delicious touch of crispness.” – La Vieille Ferme

Pairs well with: chicken and turkey

La Vieille Ferme, Rouge

“Beautiful red color, with purple highlights. With a lot of freshness, this rich and spicy wine offers red and black fruits aromas (blackberry, black currant). The palate is beautifully balanced, crunchy, with silky tannins and a very long and aromatic finish.” – La Vieille Ferme

Pairs well with: pork

The Winner: Ciconia

Alentejano, Portugal
“The wine possesses complexity aromas that suggest spices and red berries, with some toasted notes as result of a short period in oak. That in combination with good structure of bark allows it presentation of very rounded and balance wine in the mouth.” –

Pairs well with: pasta, red meats and mature cheeses

Shania, Monastrell

“Intense deep red cherry color, a juicy, forward red, sporting a mix of cassis and blueberry flavors. Fine tannins and bright acidity with solid length and savory finish.” –

Pairs well with: lamb

Pump up the Basses

featuring: Cuvée des 3 Messes Basses Ventoux Blanc, Rosé and Rouge

Cuvee des 3 Messes

Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux Blanc

Rhone, France
“One of my favorite guilty pleasures in the dead of winter is wine that brings me back to the more temperate days of summer. That is why this month (January), 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux Blanc will be a permanent fixture in the beverage fridge. The pretty aromatics of citrus, green apple, peach pit and white flowers are like a mid-winter spa day for the sinuses. You owe it to yourself to turn up the heat and enjoy the fresh flavors of white peach and citrus while basking in the glory of an evening stay-cation. 50% Clairette, 50% Grenache Blanc.” – Molly’s Wine Manager, Scott

Pairs well with: steam jets, dry sauna heat, white meats and seafood

Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux Rose

Rhone, France
“Holy Rose Mania! The amount of Pink goodness that you fine folks have slurped down over the last year is astonishing. In years past, the pulse of Rose consumption was barely palpable, but in 2017 you are rewriting the rules. As Rose supply is on the wane we are having trouble keeping up with your demand. Problem solved – 4 bottles worth of Pink goodness in a convenient 3 liter box.
This January keep your box handling skills on point and drink the pink. This refreshing and crisp rose boasts fresh red berry fruit, hints of kiwi, and subtle citrus on a serious mineral driven platform. 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 20% Carignan.” – Molly’s Wine Manager, Scott

Pairs well with: cured meats and ripe cheeses

The Winner: Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux Rouge

Rhone, France
“The Rouge is the most serious of this boxed trifecta of Ventoux terrior expression. While there is certainly dark beery and plumy goodness presented in this wine – it is so much more. Earth, spice, violets, garrigue and licorice create layers of olfactory and flavor complexity. If your favorite box wine is Franzia Chillable Red please do not purchase this wine – YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT. If you spend time in the French aisle and want a huge Bang for your Box Buck – just say yes to 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux, Rouge. 60% Grenache Noir, 20% Syrah, 20% Carignan.” – Molly’s Wine Manager, Scott

Pair well with: lamb, herb roasted chicken, vegetable cassoulet or white pepper crusted pork chops

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