Boxed Wine… seriously
I remember vividly the day I told my mom that JD and I were thinking about getting married. It was the summer before my senior year at Vanderbilt, and I was living in Nashville with some girlfriends, completing an awesome internship. I was living the dream. My mom and my Godmother Nanann had come to visit me, and we were all eating at a Schlotsky’s Deli when somehow the topic turned to me and JD and our future plans. I mentioned that we hoped to get married next summer, and my mom’s eyes filled with tears. I quickly thought she was upset, but Mom admits she was excited but overwhelmed. Nanann, on the other hand, who had been a calm observer throughout, immediately took the tears to mean: we all need a drink.
At the time, I was a Mike’s Hard Lemonade aficionado (so classy), and I could get the drink of my choice at the grocery stores here in Tennessee. But when Nanann wanted to pick up real liquor, I assumed it was also at the grocery store like it was in Louisiana. Unfortunately, we made a few trips through the grocery store before I realized: I’m not in Louisiana anymore. Only beer is sold in the grocery stores in Tennessee.
What was new to me back in 2003 is now one of my favorite shopping adventures: the liquor store! Perhaps my Louisiana roots make me appreciate these niche shops now, but the liquor stores here in Tennessee are massive. Unlike my other state of residence — Georgia — wine is not sold in grocery stores here, so there are these massive wine, liquor, and high-alcohol beer markets scattered around Nashville. Among the best here in town are Midtown Wine and Spirits, Froogal MacDoogal, and my new favorite, Grand Cru. Grand Cru consistently has very enticing radio commercials, one of which advertised their boxed wines.
Boxed wine? That sounds awful.
The commercial promised that this was no ordinary wine and, in fact, was just a great way to buy a lot of wine at a discounted rate and without all that glass to recycle. Knowing my mom has had a recent renewed love in wine and that she’d be staying with us for many nights after Maggie was born, I knew I had to try out a box… there would be a lot of sleepless nights around the Stuart household… we all needed a little wine.
Bota Box was the brand, and I purchased the larger old vine zin box for about $21… it promised 4 bottles in one box. I was a little worried that it might taste terrible, but the discount price was awesome. I also picked up a smaller “Bota Box Mini” Tetra Pak of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Let’s just say, I’m a new fan. The wine was great, it lasted for two weeks (and probably could’ve lasted longer), and recycling it was much easier. This is a great idea for picnics, hostess gifts, large parties, girls’ nights, and just wanting a little bit of wine each night but not wanting to spoil a whole bottle (ie: breastfeeding mommies… just saying). If only Bota Box was around in 2003, Mom, Nanann and I might have finished off a whole box in one night!