Sunday, October 18, 2009

In Praise of the Box O Wine

More good news for those of us who cannot afford a well-stocked cellar full of French wines in glass bottles. The Box O Wine is becoming the rage among ecologically-minded vino tipplers. If you associate drinking wine from a box with a college dorm decorated with milk crates, think again.

You can dress up a grown up gourmet ramen noodle dish with wine from a box and count yourself as a part of the green revolution, not the penniless and uncouth.

The Daily Green has a report on the ecological advantages of boxed wines.

“A standard wine bottle holds 750 milliliters of wine and generates about 5.2 pounds of carbon-dioxide emissions when it travels from a vineyard in California to a store in New York,” reports (Tyler) Colman, who blogs at “A 3-liter box generates about half the emissions per 750 milliliters.” He concludes that switching to wine in a box “for the 97% of wines that are made to be consumed within a year” would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about two million tons, or the equivalent of removing 400,000 cars from the roads.