Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wino Wednesday: Bota Box Pinot Grigio and Malbec Review

Hey Gals! Today I'm very excited to link-up with Amanda and Lindsay and join in on the Wino Wednesday party!
Kids and Cabernet

I'm especially excited to let you all in a big secret of mine.. some of my very favorite wine comes from a box!!

Ok, ok, so maybe it's not really a secret seeing as I've posted about it here and here BUT for any new readers, my secret is out and I'm not ashamed to say it!

I certainly love me some wine, so when I was considering which one to feature for Wino Wednesday, I knew I had to give Bota Box some love, since it seriously is my go-to these days.

And before you shake your head and think I'm crazy, let me give you a little background on Bota, and then I'll go through my very red and white from their line!

Per their website, Bota Box produces premium California wine in 3-liter box and 500ml Tetra Pak, both made from environmentally-friendly packaging. Bota Box 3L is packaged in 100% recyclable, unbleached, post-consumer fiber printed with soy-based inks. Using state of the art FlexTap™ technology, our wine is kept fresh for up to six weeks after opening, allowing consumers to enjoy a glass of our award-winning wine without worrying about waste or spoilage. 
Come on, you know you'd tap that!
So the way I see it, what's not to love? As I mentioned above, I'm a huge fan of a glass of wine (or two!) but most nights, I simply love nothing more than enjoying a glass of wine with dinner.  And since GG feels that same exact way, except with beer, it really doesn't make much sense for me to open a whole bottle of wine, just for myself! I love that Bota basically means wine on demand, and really does keep fresh thanks to the vacuum sealed bag it's stored in, along with the sealed "tap" that dispenses the wine.

Also, you really can't beat the price! At my local Wegmans, a box costs $18.99, and is the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine.

Bota Box comes in 10 varietals of wine, but my very favorites are their Pinot Grigio and their Malbec.
I'm pretty awful at trying to describe wine and the different tasting notes, so I've included the official flavor profile from Bota, along with my very non-technical thoughts on them... the extent of my wine tasting knowledge is usually if it tastes good to me, I like it!

2012 Bota Box Pinot Grigio

Per their website: Bota Box Pinot Grigio offers lively aromas of white peach, nectarine, light floral and hints of lime. This delightful medium bodied wine has flavors of ripe peach and nectarine with a clean finish.
My take on it: To me, this gal is just a sure thing! I'm a big fan of pinot grigio, and this definitely gives me exactly what I'm hoping for in a glass of white wine. It's not sweet, and on the dryer side, while still being a bit fruity and light.  Very easy to drink, and very refreshing.
Now that's a happy fridge!
2012 Bota Box Malbec

Per their website: Bota Box Malbec is a plush, medium bodied wine with aromas of blueberry and blackberry. Jammy, luscious flavors of blackberry jam and blueberry syrup follow, leading into earthy tannins on the finish.
My take on it: This is another no-brainer for me. When I'm looking for a smooth, fruity glass of red, this is my gal.  I find that it goes great with meat and cheese, and a great dinner wine.  Also I find that I actually prefer it after it's been open for a day, and it definitely remains fresh up until the end.
It's been a long day and momma needs a glass of wine!
In addition to these 2 varietals, Bota Box also offers Chardonnay, Moscato, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Old Vine Zinfandel, and a red blend called RedVolution.  Since I love the Pinot Grigio and the Malbec so much, I haven't branched out to their other varities, though B and I have made it our mission to eventually try the whole family!
Loading up for a recent party!
So are you a wine purist and stick to bottles only, or like me and think outside the box by embracing the box?!

**Note, this was in no way a sponsored post, just one gals love affair with some boxed wine**

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  1. I don't hate on boxed wine at all!! It's definitely more bang for your buck and I like how it stays fresh for so long. Going to have to try this brand, I don't really buy the boxed wines because I never know which brand is good - so now I can try this one! Thanks so much for linking up xoxoxo

  2. Bota box is my favourite in the US!! I love to have a glass of red wine a night, but since it shouldn't be refrigerated I rarely got through a whole bottle without it going bad first. Thank goodness for classier boxed wines!!

  3. I've never tried Bota Box but sounds like I need to! Anything with a tap has to be decent, right? :)

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. I'm 100% on board with box wine and I even have two boxes of Bota in my fridge right now!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  5. Boxed wine these days isn't the crap it used to be! I'm going to try Bota! Thanks for the tip! Question, how long does it stay fresh after opening?

  6. I think I need to find Bota in my store asap! This would be so easy to have in the fridge!

  7. My friend loves boxed wine. I wish I was more of a wine drinker. Not really drinker, but I do love me some Champagne.

  8. I love the Bota Pinot Grigio! I hadn't been able to find a decent white in a box until I tried it. The cab is yummy as well. I need to try that Malbec next :)

  9. OOOH, we have Wegman's around here, I'll need to check this out.

  10. I've always liked some box wine too, I need to try Bota!

  11. Looks like I'll be making a trip to Wegmans this weekend lol!! I never had boxed wine before but you can't beat that price for how much you get!!

  12. aint nothing wrong with wine from a box! pretty sure us aussies invented it haha or i swear i read that somewhere. gotta keep a look out for this one!

  13. No hate if it's good. I will have to try bota!

  14. Hahaha the box looks like it would be good! I was actually at my favorite spanish restaurant and there I saw them using boxed wine for their AMAZING sangria. Maybe it's time I stop being a snob and try some bota!

  15. Bota Box is so much better than I expected it to be! Huge bonus for the amount of time it stays fresh!

  16. I have got to start getting more boxed wine, it lasts so much longer and the best part is how much more you get :-D

  17. I fully believe in a good boxed wine! There are a few *the under $5 variety* that give me bad memories, but this sounds and looks great!! Perfect to have on hand, or take on the go!! Thanks for linking up!! xoxo

  18. I have tried many wines over the years and I have not come across this one. So going to go on a Bota Box hunt. Wegmans, now that brings back memories! I use to live in New York and that was our local grocery store. LOVED IT! Here in the south, Harris Teeter is the local chain and I choose Wegmans hands down. Just a little side note from a blast from the past. Linking up from Wino Wednesday.

  19. Some boxed wines totally taste legit!

  20. Bota Box Malbec 2014 rocks. A sip of occasional red wine is my thing. I have tried a whole bunch of entry level bottles over the years. With this Malbec, one gets a lot of bang for one's buck. The equivalent quality that one gets with a decent table wine bought for 8 - 12 bucks a bottle, perhaps. And in a box (17 bucks at Costco) one gets the equivalent of 4 bottles. Nothing at all wrong with it, and a nice price point of course. A little caveat though: Placed on the fridge, it is a little too easy/tempting to want to have a sip :).

  21. I have had many good box wines. I just tried bota box, Pinot Grigio, and I found it to be completely repulsive. I opened it up and smelled it. It smelt of sweaty feet. I pored a small glass, let it sit for a minute, and tried it. Tasted like bitter apple juice. Utterly disgusting! Not sure if it's a bad batch or something but I'm not trying Bota box again.


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