Pete Ste­wart rec­om­mends

Sunday Herald Life - - Drink - Pete Ste­wart is Glas­gow direc­tor of In­ver­ar­ity One to One, 185a Bath Street www. in­ver­ar­i­ty­mor­ton.com

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.

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