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Is boxed wine better than it used to be?
Bag-in-Box wine or BIB certainly has benefits, including being cheaper and more efficient to distribute. But what about the wine inside? I asked Leora Kalikow, who works at Public House Wine , to set the record straight.
Quick Tips About Boxed Wine
- Boxed wines are meant to be drunk within 6-8 months, so drink up!
- Boxed wines last up to 2 weeks in the fridge (chill your reds)
- Never store your wine on top of the fridge
- Wine in Tetra Pak stores open about as long as glass bottles.
- Boxed wine is ideal for camping with wine
As boxed wine lovers, we get protective when people start spreading rumors about it. One of the most repeated misconceptions about boxed wine is that plastic affects the safety and taste of the wine inside. However, quality tests and studies show –it’s just not true. So I’ll break down the myths about bag-in-box (BIB) technology, and the wine inside.
LEORA: Boxed wine (unlike bottled) has an expiration date. This is because BIB’s are more porous than glass. Boxed wine is not designed for aging. Consume it within 6-8 months of purchase and the quality will be up to par. On the upside, open a box and the wine will stay fresh for six weeks, unlike a bottle that will go sour after one.
Q: Will chemicals creep into my wine?
LEORA: Bisphenol-A, commonly known as BPA, is a harmful chemical found in plastic. Almost all BIB’s are BPA free and made with polyethlene, one of the safest plastics available. Polyethlene is one of the most widely used materials in the world, found in everything from water bottles to ziplock bags. Polyethlene doesn’t affect the taste, quality or safety of the wine it holds.