Another Boxxle Contest!May 27, 2013
OK, this time we’re really going to make you work for a chance to win a new and improved Boxxle. What you have to do is leave a comment below that either tells us something interesting aboput your parents’ (or grandparents’) drinking habits or details any memories you might retain of the wines you drank when you first started drinking wines. (For my cohorts, this would probably be things like Boone’s Farm or Annie Green Springs; Blue Nun, Black Tower or Schwartz Katz; or Lambrusco, Harvey’s Bristol Cream or Mateus Rose, but really we’re looking for anything embarrassing.)
Now, here’s a twist. You can leave more than one comment, which will give you more than one chance to win, but any comments judged non-responsive by our panel of judges (i.e., your monkey in the nose cone) will be disqualified. The rest will be assigned a number, and our trusty random number generator will pick a winner. That means you don’t have to be clever or original, but you do have to make an effort.
As always, if you win, we’ll ship your prize at our expense. (Unless you live in Little Rock. Then you’ll have to come and pick it up aty the newspaper.)
What is a Boxxle you say?
Well it’s a handsome stainless steel and black plastic appliance for dispensing bag-in-box beverages. Like boxed wines. It is designed to sit on top of a counter or bar, but because Karen doesn’t think it’s quite as handsome as I do — she thinks it looks like a toaster — it lives under my bar on the top shelf. That is pretty much the perfect height for the covert filling of wine glasses.
Most of you have either already embraced box wines or regard them as gauche. From my point of view, the bag is simply superior technology for a certain kind of wine. (Wine doesn’t age in a bag — you don’t want to be cellaring your Black Box.)
Bags keep wine fresher longer than opened bottles (in a bag wine can stay fresh for up to six weeks after “opening”), they’re lighter and easier to carry than an equivalent bottle. And they’re self-resealable, which means there’s almost no waste.
Even though there are all kinds of wine-saving technologies — from vacuum pumps to gas injectors — once I’ve pulled a cork on a bottle I pretty much feel obligated to finish it. Box wine solves that problem, but creates another.
The boxes look declasse. Sometimes — especially when they’re almost drained — they’re awkward to use.
I have often defended box wine in this space. I would not call myself a box wine enthusiast, but I have found a couple of reasonable brands that I go to again and again and I’m open for suggestions. I am at that somewhat uncomfortable point in my exploration of vinoculture where I’ve discovered a general, but real correlation between the price of a bottle of wine and my enjoyment of it.
But just because I like expensive wine, I don’t like it that much more than some inexpensive ones. If you hang out at our house long (or late) enough, you will — whether you realize it or not — probably drink some wine that came from a box. We keep a box of Pinot Grigio in the refrigerator and something red — right now a zinfandel — in the Boxxle under the bar.
Ready, set, go. We’ll announce a winner on Father’s Day, June 16.