Chardonnay in a Box?

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Today I tried something new: French Rabbit Chardonnay.  French Rabbit comes in a box.  What?  You in fact drank boxed wine?  Yes, I did.  I’m not one to get hung up on stereotypes.  Most people assume that wine in a box is terrible wine, but many also believe that just because a wine has a screw top or a plastic cork that it’s terrible.  I know I’ve had some fabulous wines with screw tops and plastic corks, so why not give this boxed wine a try?  And technically this packaging isn’t a box, it’s a Tetra Pak.
French Rabbit is in fact the next generation of boxed wine… or, um… Tetra Pak wine.  It’s a bit different from the boxed wine of the 80′s and 90′s with the spigot on the box.  French Rabbit is http://1000-facts-about-wine.com made by a companionship named Boisset America, and their focus is environmentally friendly wine producing.  From the farming to the packaging, they strive to be ecologically friendly and I applaud them for that.
Unfortunately, while I admire their environmental aspirations, the wine didn’t win me over.  It didn’t have much flavor to it.  It had a bit of fruitiness, apple and citrus.  But it also had a slightly plasticy flavor to it (I assume this was from the packaging).  Perhaps it was a psychological thing, but I doubt it.  I was in fact really curious and was hoping that I would delight in the wine more.  The largest problem was that the flavor lacks the personality of the marketing around it.
One thing I did like is that the package is a full liter versus 750ml.  The packaging is also supposedly 100% recyclable, although if I place this into my recycling bin with a bunch of glass bottles, I would bet money that they recycling truck would take the glass bottles and http://1000-facts-about-wine.com leave this thing in the bin.  I don’t know if I’ll try another varietal from French Rabbit.  We’ll see.

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3 thoughts on “Chardonnay in a Box?

  1. I just bought a box of chardonnay tonight (high-end box wine… no Franzia here), and for the first time since, well, ever… It tasted what I’ve always referred to as ‘corked’. A vinegar, foul taste and smell, that I can only attribute to spoilage, and I’ve always assumed that the cork and its sealing properties were to hold responsible. The one I just bought (I compared it to the last of the one in the fridge – same brand, same mark) was markedly different and completely undrinkable.

  2. This was recently shared with me by dear friend who thinks we all need to achieve a bit more CALMNESS IN OUR LIVES. She claims that by following this simple advice from Dr. Phil, you too can find inner peace. Dr Phil proclaimed: “The way to achieve inner peace is to end all the things you have started and have never finished.” So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn’t finished, and previous to leaving the house this daylight, I finished off a bottle of Chardonnay, a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream, a package of Oreos, the remainder of my ancient Prozac prescription, the rest of the cheesecake, some Doritos, and a box of chocolates. You have no thought how freaking excellent I feel right now. How about you ….do you have any thoughts on how we all can find inner peace ?

  3. I’m not a wine expert, but I do really like wine (except really sweet colorless wines). The first wine I ever had was a cheap Chablis in college. I fell in like and before long learned that I preferred the dry wines. And you know, when I go into a grocery store or liquor store, I find only the cheap Chablis wines (in a box or screw top) if I find any at all. I finally questioned the “resident expert” at a larger liquor store about this. He assured me that Chablis simply referred to a province where the wine was produced (I felt dumb). And he said it was basically a type of Chardonnay.

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