Hooray for picnic season! Ok, we realize that there is not an official “picnic season” but when you’ve been in Las Vegas as long as we have, you deeply cherish the pre-summer seventy and eighty degree days. So grab a blanket and pack yourself a lunch; we are about to explore the many park-friendly, glass-free containers that wine suppliers have to offer.
Bag-in-box wine was first patented in 1965 by South Australian winemaker Thomas Angove. With bag-in-box production costs being less than that of traditional glass bottles, other producers of budget wines also began using this new system of packaging. Fast forward to 2003, and the Central Coast-based winery Black Box Wines broke the stereotype that only lower quality wines are offered in alternative packing. We are happy to report that the wine industry now has stellar options in both bag-in-box format and its mini-version, TetraPak.
Winemaker Joel Gott created his newest lineup of California wines under the brand name Bandit, and they are exclusively offered in TetraPak. The official Bandit Wines website states that “because we’re able to save money on glass and cork, we have more cash to pour into the quality of our wine.” The 500mL and 1 liter sizes come in Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Merlot, and you can find these picnic-ready Paks at your local CVS or Smith’s.
In this same vein, Delicato’s Bota Box wines are packaged in 3 liter boxes and TetraPaks. The plastic liner of their 3 liter box is completely BPA free, and the container is printed on post-consumer fiber. Bota Box produces 14 different varietals with Rosé being the newest to hit the market.
Domestic winemakers aren’t the only ones to have hopped on the eco-friendly packaging bandwagon. French Rabbit wines, from the sunny Pays d’Oc region of Southern France, are sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards, and are ONLY featured in picnic-friendly TetraPaks. Their Chardonnay has recently been released into the Las Vegas market.
Picnic for one? We’ve got you covered. Staples like Sutter Home, Beringer and Woodbridge all produce single serving size, plastic 187mL bottles. Missing your wine glass? Steelhead from Sonoma County has created a 187mL that is even packaged with its own plastic cup. Not only is Steelhead offered in convenient packaging for one, but the wine is dedicated to creating a better world, and donates a portion of its sales to environmental projects.
Alright our fellow picnic lovers, go forth and not only enjoy the great outdoors but also toast it with a great glass of wine. Cheers!