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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Would you like some cheese with that?

So I've noticed that Target is selling wine in a box - they call it a Wine Cube - an exclusive Target brand. In fact, Target now even has an entire wine aisle. (Is this new? Where have I been!?)

Walking through Colerain Target last night, I thought seriously about buying the Wine Cube just to try it. But it seems awfully expensive - something like $8.99 for a small (250 ml) cube. I like the concept for portability, but at least you can recycle glass bottles.

But for naysayers, there are some decent brands on the shelf. Both Sterling Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 and Merlot 2002 on sale for $12.99, and another standby, Marques de Cachera Rioja for $13.99. Not a bargain, but nice to know it's there.


at 1:13 PM Anonymous zuleika dobson said...

dear julie,

that price is really expensive for 250ml of ANYthing, let alone a "box wine". actually the term for box wines which the industry now seems to prefer is "cask wines" and party source in bellevue has a great selection of them.

one that i found to my liking was an australian brand -- Hardy's -- Shiraz in a 3 liter cask for about $14 last year (dunno current cost because i can't get around like i used to). considering that Hardy's Shiraz in a traditional 750 ml glass bottle cost around $6-7 back then in my local supermarket in clifton, buying it in the wine cask (equalling 4-750 bottles) represented a substantial savings.

party source also carried a pricey french wine in the box, as well, but it was too rich for my pocketbook.

among the advantages of packaging the wines this way are lower packaging and shipping costs (which translates into lower prices for consumers), no risk of loss due to bad corks, and longer-lived wines after opening.

try them. you might like them.

at 2:59 PM Anonymous zuleika dobson said...

here's a link to a blog about box wines

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