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Does wine come in boxes?

Cosmic VarianceBy JoAnne HewettApril 10, 2006 2:07 AM


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That's the debate that sprung up in the comment thread of a recent post. We've all seen the boxed beverage labeled as wine sitting on retailer shelves, but the issue is whether it actually qualifies as wine. CV readers decided that an experiment needed to be performed to settle the issue. This is a science blog, afterall. Being a theorist, I already had my favorite model to describe the outcome of this experiment - namely, wine does not come in boxes. So I was disqualified from participating in the analysis. Luckily, one brave CV reader, Elliot, stepped up to the challenge. Here are the results, in his own words:

Before I share the results of the wine tasting experiment with boxed wine, I should do a bit of level setting on the experimental apparatus. (me) I am by no means a wine expert. However I have developed (over many years) a sense for what I like and what I don't. I exclusively drink red wines mostly Merlot and Cabernet from Calif. I like some reds from France as well. My favorite grocery store selection is Clos DuBois vineyards. I tend to like stuff in that price range and up, where and if the wine is in the $5-$10 range, I really don't care for it that much. With that said, I went to Wild Oats and got a "box" of French Rabbit Cabernet. Bottom Line: It was horrible. I wouldn't give it to my dog. Now there was another "wine in a box" choice appropriately named Black Box wine. My gut feel was that it might be better but the smallest container was the 3000 ml or 4xbottles. So I backed away.

Thank you Elliot for settling this question! My theory is confirmed - winedoes not come in boxes!

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