A box of wine typically holds 3 liters, equal to four bottles of wine.
Going to a BYOB restaurant with a $10 corkage fee? That works out to…
(boxes * corkage fee) / (bottles * corkage fee) = (1 * 10) / (4 * 10) = 25%
…a savings of 75%!
According to Bota Box, box wines “create 85% less landfill waste than traditional glass packages.”
That’s roughly 7x better for the environment!
Box wine lasts over a month after opening because no air gets into the bladder as you drink the wine.
That’s 15x longer than a typical bottle would last, or 10x longer if using a bottle pump.
Not all box wine is bad, just like not all bottled wine is good.
Would a hobbyist photographer spend $10,000 on a camera? Probably not. Or a commuter $100,000 on a Maserati? Probably not.
If you're not going for your master sommelier ranking, why spend $15 or $20 for a bottle of wine that tastes just as good as a box four times the size that costs the same?
Many people have even started bringing their boxes to BYOB restaurants or to parties.
What is embarassing is spending a lot of money on a bottle that doesn't taste that good, when you could spend a quarter of that for wine that tastes good!
True, there aren't a lot of box wine shops. Nonetheless, you can find decent boxes in local grocery stores, many liquor stores, or even online.