Wine aficionados might turn up their noses at the thought of wine in a box, but the trend is growing, and more and more highly regarded wineries are jumping on the bandwagon. Boxed wines offer the ease of convenience (a box can keep for up to a month, where a bottle can go bad after just a few days) and more bang for your buck (they’re less expensive than bottled counterparts). Several new additions to the lineup of premium boxed wines include Banrock Station (www.banrockstation.com), Hardys’ Stamp of Australia (www.hardys.com.au.
), and Black Box Wines (www.­blackboxwines.com). Priced from $16 to $25, the award-winning three-liter boxed wines are the equivalent of four 750-ml. bottles and are available in varietals such as Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. So now that you don’t have to worry about wasting a bottle for just a few sips, that glass of vino before dinner is looking much better, isn’t it?
— Anna Fialho
1 in every 5 glasses of wine served in the U.S. is from a box (18%).

40 million cases of boxed wine were sold in the U.S. in 2002.

52% of the wine sold in Australia is in boxes.