Boxed Wine: What You Need to Know
There are many people who enjoy a nice glass of wine at the end of the workday, and it’s almost an essential staple of dinner parties and many friendly get-togethers. But there are times when cracking open an entire bottle of the stuff just isn’t an option, and there are other times when it simply may not be enough to satisfy everyone if you’re hosting a large gathering with plenty of guests. Boxed wines solve that issue by providing wine enthusiasts with a large quantity of wine (approximately four bottles worth or twenty glasses) that can easily be stored and kept fresh for an extended period.
There are plenty of common misconceptions about wine. But one of the most snobbish, inaccurate myths about the industry is that boxed wine doesn’t have the same quality as bottled wine. Though this may have been the case at one point in the past, it’s no longer something that people should be concerned about. There is as much of a quality spectrum of boxed wine as bottled wine in this day and age. Some are cheap and low quality, while others offer a rich and beautiful bouquet with a fantastic taste. It all depends on the brand, the quality of the grapes they use, and their wine-making processes. Though boxed wine is often less expensive than its bottled counterpart, it’s not due to poor quality. Many people firmly believe that boxed wine is often superior to bottled wine.
How Long Does Boxed Wine Last?
One of the primary benefits of boxed wine over bottled wine is that it can last much longer once it has been opened. When bottled wine is opened, it will typically last somewhere between three and four days, though highly acidic wines can be kept fresher for a few additional days if stored correctly in a refrigerator. Moving leftover bottled wine into an airtight mason jar and refrigerating it can also allow you to enjoy it for up to a whole week.
On the other hand, boxed wine can last up to six weeks after it has been opened, depending on the brand. The extended shelf life of opened boxed wine compared to bottled wine is a significant reason why many people have stopped buying bottled wines altogether. There’s no need to go out and repeatedly buy new bottles of wine when the boxed wine in your fridge stays fresh and delicious for such a long time. Many wine enthusiasts have wholeheartedly embraced the change from bottled to boxed wine simply for this financial benefit alone.
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Boxed Wine: What is its Alcohol Content?
There is no standard alcohol content for wine, as it tends to have an alcohol by volume (ABV) that ranges from as low as 5.5% to 23%. Several factors can impact the alcohol content of any wine, no matter the brand or type of packaging it comes in. These factors include the wine’s style, overall quality level (and the quality of the grapes it’s made of), the climate in which the grapes are grown, and more.
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Boxed Wine: Eco-Friendly and Energy-Efficient
Boxed wine is better for the environment because it lasts longer and requires wine enthusiasts to make fewer trips to the liquor store, but that is far from the only reason. While glass is recyclable, it takes a lot of energy and time to produce. On the other hand, cardboard boxes are much less energy-intensive, both in their creation and transport from one location to another. Additionally, modern brands of boxed wines have switched to using bisphenol A (BPA)-free bags with soy-based inks and different types of recyclable packaging. BPA is a type of industrial chemical used in the production of various plastics.
Which is Stronger; A Glass of Wine or a Beer?
Once more, wine’s alcohol content depends on several different factors, and various wines from different brands will have a range of alcohol content. That being said, on average, wine is about 50% stronger than beer. However, it is also the general rule that a single glass of wine is equivalent to one beer or one highball. There are approximately five beers worth of alcohol in a single bottle of wine, meaning there is about twenty bottles worth of alcohol in a box of wine.
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How Much Wine is Too Much?
According to modern medical experts, the maximum amount of wine should be approximately one five-ounce glass for women and two five-ounce glasses for men. This amount can be safely consumed several times over a single week. Said experts have also strongly advised women to avoid having more than three glasses of wine per day and four drinks of wine per day for men. According to a special report released in 2014 by medical professionals (Dr. Kari Poikolainen) at the World Health Organization (WHO), drinking tends only to become harmful when people actively consume more than 13 units of alcohol per day. This is significantly higher than the 3-4 units that were once recommended by the National Health Service (NHS). A full bottle of wine typically equates to ten units of alcohol, and as stated above, moderation is typically defined as one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.
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