Pete Stewart recommends
THERE was a time, not too long ago that you could easily find a 3 litre bag in box wine for about £13. The quality was never great, as producers at the time were not concerned with using their best wines for this format.
You can still find these wines, it’s just that they now come in a 2.25 litre package and they cost £16.
So far, so gloomy. However, these days a few forward thinking winemakers have realised the importance of bag in box, and are now releasing some tasty and interesting new products. This week, I have been tirelessly seeking out the best ones for you to bring home and enjoy.
When in Rome Falanghina IGT Beneventano Enzo Rillo (Waitrose, £25.99 for 2.25 litres). This is both tasty and interesting, and nets down to an equivalent of £8.67 per bottle. This means that it’s expensive for bag in box, but good value in terms of the quality of the wine. The wine itself is light, crisp and refreshing, and perfect for a balmy Glasgow afternoon.
Falanghina is also ideal with posh seafood, and is enjoyed along the Amalfi Coast with the local specialities. If you ask a waiter in Sorrento for a plate of Spaghetti con Vongole and a glass of Falanghina, you’ll be treated like a long-lost family member.
And in the red corner this weekend…
Cotes du Rhone Villages 2016 (M&S, £17 for 1.5 litres). This soft, slightly spicy blend of Grenache and Syrah is ideal for glugging with friends at a barbecue. It’s equivalent to £8.50 per bottle, which is more than acceptable. The only issue is that you’ll need two (or three) to last the night.
So, in conclusion, bag in box is handy, portable and convenient. It can be useful at parties, barbecues and picnics and will even stay fresh in the box for six weeks after opening. Six weeks. Never going to happen in our house.