New Boxxle contest

November 17, 2013

Tell us why you want one in the comments below.

What is a Boxxle you say?

imagesWell 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. spirits0203_t728

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 here and in the newspaper. 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 Pinot Evil — in the Boxxle under the bar.

Ready, set, go. We’ll announce a winner on December 7.


  • Comment by hlloyd — Nov 17,2013 at 7:28 pm

    Have to be try before keeping for family and friends. Once selected still have problem of still being somewhat wary. I think Boxxle is just the ticket to overcome prejudice

  • Comment by kimberley — Nov 18,2013 at 1:30 pm

    This is such a nice looking dispenser and would look great in my kitchen. I love to drink wine in the evening after work and hate to wrangle the box around when it gets low.

  • Comment by mslynn — Nov 19,2013 at 12:55 am

    Cause I typed in why I wanted it 3(three) times and the words vanished every-time i typed siphon a bladder faster than a pizza parlor wino. What’s up? I want to win it.

  • Comment by JenP — Nov 19,2013 at 5:14 pm

    I would love to win this! I live by myself, and I frequently talk myself out of opening a bottle of wine because I then feel obligated to drink it over the next couple of nights to finish it. This may just solve that pesky problem for me!

  • Comment by kideloud — Nov 21,2013 at 12:49 pm

    We throw quite a few parties and we would truly enjoy serving wine at our parties in a Boxxle. It’s very sleek and handy. I like the concept that the wine glass fits under the spout so the wine can be served at counter height rather than “under” the counter. Thanks so much for considering us for this prize!

  • Comment by ctrap — Dec 1,2013 at 10:04 am

    So what about us weirdos who want it cold??? Are we outta luck? If it goes in the fridge, count me disappointed and out.

  • Comment by Philip Martin — Dec 3,2013 at 5:27 pm

    The Boxxle will fit in a fridge. You might have to adjust a shelf, but it fits in ours.

  • Comment by kvhuber — Dec 3,2013 at 6:19 pm

    Box wine is the perfect inexpensive way to drink decent wine and not be embarrassed in front of wine connoisseur friends! The boxes, however, are a problem. Moving the wine to this “decanter” is definitely preferable for keeping my red wine out on the cabinet! I NEED one!!!!

  • Comment by ctrap — Mar 16,2014 at 11:05 am

    Need one to give to my brother & sister-in-law to CLASS up their kitchen!!!

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