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  • Wow it took researchers for this? Plastic bottles/bags are oxygen permeable - color me shocked.
  • Who keeps box wine around long enough to spoil?
  • Unopened box wine spoils faster than unopened bottled wine. Opened bottled wine spoils faster than "opened" box wine. In other news, water is wet.
  • DjangoStonereaver: Who keeps box wine around long enough to spoil?


    I think this is basically a response to the "boxes keep wine fresher by not letting additional oxygen in when you pour a glass" which apparently led the researchers to think "durr, I should cellar this box for a few decades and it will be the bestest antique vintage evar."
  • I find it interesting that this article didn't at all get into the angles present in a box, and the very pronounced effect that has upon wine. The real issue, of course, is oxygenation, which speeds up the aging process (this is essentially what you're doing when you decant a bottle of wine, of course -- you're forcing oxygen into i). But, see, angles increases the airflow of oxygen through the wine, because air hits the angle and rebounds. It's similar to the effect you get when walking on a windy day through mid-town Manhattan -- the air whips around the corners of buildings and ends up being even stronger than it would have been otherwise.

    Round bottles, on the other hand, move the air more gently through the wine, which in turn slows the aging process. The person who invents a round box -- he's going to be rich.

    There are steps you can take, though. One is, as soon as you get your box of wine home, to (gently!) use a hammer to smash down all the corners. Don't strike it hard -- the worst thing you could do here is puncture the cardboard and introduce even more air. Just go along each edge and each corner and give it a few taps to smooth everything out. You'll be adding, potentially, weeks to the wine's lifespan.

    Another good option, but perhaps a little more involved, is to put the box in a plastic bag, and then submerge the plastic bag in a tub of water. I cannot emphasize this enough: DO NOT forget the plastic bag. Wine boxes are not waterproof, and if you think oxygen will impact your wine's taste, just wait until you see what water does to it. But by submerging the box of wine in water, you're basically compressing the air, since the water puts equal pressure on all sides of the box. This will increase your wine's lifespan even more than using a hammer to smash the corners; if you combine the two, you could be looking at a 10, 15 year potential.

    You could, of course, store the box in a vacuum as well, which would also curb the air flow, but for most people that's not a realistic option.

    One final solution, if all else fails and your wine does become oxygenated, is to run it through an shop vac before you serve it. This sound extreme, I know, but it's a little secret used by all the big names in the industry. Extreme suction on the wine will, in effect, pull the oxygen crystals out of the fluid and restore some of its original potency. You won't be able return it to its original state, of course, but you can get it pretty close, especially if you have time to send it through two or three times. One note of caution: BE SURE that that the shop vac is clean. The worst thing you can do is have dust or other debris end up in the wine. One notable exception, of course, is sawdust -- if you've been cutting wood and there's a nice layer of sawdust in the vacuum, this can actually enhance the oak notes of the wine, which can notably improve both the nose and the texture.

    A votre sante!
  • Pocket Ninja: poppycock


    genius!

    for daily plonk, the bota box shiraz ain't half bad.
  • Just like vodka then. As my Mother say, you can't leave that stuff out or it'll go bad.
  • There goes the cardboardeaux.
  • Whateves, I'll still guzzle it.
  • Sometimes, potatoes au gratin are appropriate, sometimes fries are appropriate.
    Sometimes a well tended 1990 St Julien is appropriate, sometimes that box of Gallo is appropriate.
  • Damn... I guess those boxes of Costco wine are spoiled. I bought them 5 years ago thinking they'll get better with age.
  • FlashHarry: for daily plonk, the bota box shiraz ain't half bad.


    Ditto Pinot Evil pinot noir.
  • unlikely: Sometimes, potatoes au gratin are appropriate, sometimes fries are appropriate.
    Sometimes a well tended 1990 St Julien is appropriate, sometimes that box of Gallo is appropriate.


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    Sometimes you want a Cinnabon with your Veuve Clicquot.
  • "If you do buy your wine in a box, keep it cool or your investment could be wasted."

    My box of wine is not an investment. It will be gone and replaced by Saturday.
  • BKITU: FlashHarry: for daily plonk, the bota box shiraz ain't half bad.

    Ditto Pinot Evil pinot noir.


    nice.

    i visited my very refined stepmother in switzerland a couple of years ago and was surprised when she got some wine from a box in the cupboard (this is a woman who was raised on cheval blanc). it was actually really good. it caused me to reconsider my snobishness, and i'm glad i did.
  • You rich kids and your boxed wine. Gimme this any day!

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    /Love me some ALDI
  • Theaetetus: Unopened box wine spoils faster than unopened bottled wine. Opened bottled wine spoils faster than "opened" box wine. In other news, water is wet.


    Water comes pre-spoiled. Also, fish pee in it.
  • DjangoStonereaver: Who keeps box wine around long enough to spoil?

  • Theaetetus: unlikely: Sometimes, potatoes au gratin are appropriate, sometimes fries are appropriate.
    Sometimes a well tended 1990 St Julien is appropriate, sometimes that box of Gallo is appropriate.

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    Sometimes you want a Cinnabon with your Veuve Clicquot.


    Looks like SOMEONE'S gettin' somethin' tonight.....

    Seriously: I know many women for whom that picture represents a perfect evening.
  • unlikely: Sometimes, potatoes au gratin are appropriate, sometimes fries are appropriate.
    Sometimes a well tended 1990 St Julien is appropriate, sometimes that box of Gallo is appropriate.


    I'm happy just as long as it doesn't taste like orange drink fermented under a radiator.
  • Pocket Ninja: I find it interesting that this article didn't at all get into the angles present in a box, and the very pronounced effect that has upon wine.

    ..

    I am shamed to admit that I was most of the way through that, thinking "oh, really?" before I realized who was writing.
  • Aren't you supposed to butt chug the stuff as soon as you get it home?
  • Spandau: There goes the cardboardeaux.


    Ah yeah, stealing that...
  • This article is funny only because I imagine anyone who buys wine in a box couldn't care less if it's going to spoil faster than bottled wine. If they were serious about their wine, they wouldn't buy it in a box.
  • Mrs. Spaz goes through a five liter box of wine so fast
    it doesn't have time to spoil.

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