June 11, 2008

Boho Vineyards 2006 Central Coast Chardonnay ($24/3L)

Boxed wine has taken on new cachet with the vogue for going green. Lighter than glass, boxes use less energy to make and to transport, especially considering that a 3-liter box holds the equivalent of four bottles of wine. Boho capitalizes on the trend, touting the eco-friendliness of its brown recycled-paper package printed with soy-based inks. It would be super cool if the wine inside were organically grown and produced in a solar-powered winery, but, hey, we’ll take what we can get—which, in the case of Boho’s chardonnay, is a refreshingly straightforward white with light, fresh pineapple flavors and just a gloss of vanilla. Stick it in the fridge to tap for an occasional after-work pour—the bag inside the box makes sure no oxygen gets into the wine, so it will last well for weeks—or buy a few to fuel a party. At $24 a box, it works out to be the equivalent of paying $6 a bottle—and it’s going for $15.98 at Westminster Total Beverage this week.

This first appeared in the Denver Post.

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