Wine Talk

Snooth User: oceank8

Juice box wine

Posted by oceank8, Jun 27, 2008.

My friend gave me this as a joke bday gift. It comes in a few different wine types, I think Sangria might be the worst option.

I remember an older post about different packaging for wine. These are literally juice box size wines, now you can pack it in your lunch. Wonder what the school would do if your kid accidentally showed up with this as their lunch time drink.


Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jun 29, 2008.

I've been wanting to see a picture of one of these!

Reply by Philip James, Jul 3, 2008.

this looks very similar to the box wine i had recently... let me go find an image:

It wasnt at all bad - rather like a better version of 2 buck chuck.

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jul 7, 2008.

I tried the red Bandit blend a few years back. It was also very good for the price.

Heading north of the border soon for vaca... They love their boxed wine in Ontario (and I can't bring a week's worth of wine with me), so I'll probably gather enough information for a report...

Reply by ChristinaDaly, Jul 7, 2008.

Is that tetra packaging?

Reply by Philip James, Jul 7, 2008.

Yes - well spotted. So, not the same as typical "box" wine which is in rectangle like shapes, this is a funky octagon, with a foil lining instead of a bag inside, and it has a pour spout, rather than the tap thats common with the box wines.

Reply by Stephen, Jul 7, 2008.

Canada, eh? I seem to recall reading (when I was researching environmentally sound wine packaging) that the plethora of tetrapak options in Canada was due to the State monopoly and its imposing the packaging for less-than-altruistic reasons more than a desire by the public to have more boxed wines. Less than altruistic because there was, and remains significant concerns about the ability to recycle the packaging, and some talk of the LCBO being too friendly with the packaging companies... Anyone from up north able to speak more intelligently (and reliably) on this matter than me?

Reply by ChristinaDaly, Jul 7, 2008.

FYI - "Three Thieves announced it is launching a new eco-friendly 1 liter Tetra Prisma, comprised of 70% paper, a renewable resource, for its Bandit line. As you’ll recall, Three Thieves introduced the eco-friendly tetra pak five years ago.

The new packaging brings more varietals to the table, said the company, including merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and pinot grigio. The wines are sold nationally for $8.99/liter."

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jul 8, 2008.

All I know is that there are tons of box wine and other packaging alternatives (plastic bottles, 1 liters, etc) for sale in Canada. The Bandit wines were there before they hit the US east coast and French Rabbit was available in LCBO stores in the summer of 2006, a full year before its US launch.

However, even if the LCBO isn't in cahoots with the wine boxers, Ontario and Quebec have long been test markets for new products because 1. they are relatively small markets 2. the single buyer (LCBO & SAQ as a monopoly wholesaler/retailer) makes product introductions easier.

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