Packaging innovation is not easy to come by. Especially when for years and decades we have been conditioned to think that quality comes packaged in a particular set way. Constellation Brands, however, seems to be transforming this kind of thinking with their Black Box premium wines.
The wine has been around for hundreds of years, and with palates becoming more sophisticated each passing year, it seemed as if the boxed wine was lagging further and further behind. Somehow people didn’t think it was attractive or enticing enough until now.
But despite not being a popular pick, Constellation in 2003 redefined the wine category by offering premium, appellation-specific vintage dated boxed wines. You could say that they saw an opportunity to transform the world and took it by the horns. And to overcome the bad press that was associated with boxed wine, they embarked on extensive sampling and trial to change peoples perspective. In fact, according to Chris Fehnstrom, CMO of Constellation, they used to decant the wine when inviting customers to sample it and only after they had tasted it and were impressed did they bring out the Black Box. It was practically a Candid Camera surprise approach. And it worked!
Black Box Wine
Black Box wine is one of the most celebrated brands right now. It is a high-quality award-winning brand that comes in an elegant 3-liter box containing four bottles and is the leader in the fastest growing segment of the wine market. Aside from quality, Black Box is also cheaply priced which is a huge incentive for customers on a budget. Plus it lasts for four to six weeks after opening which is great especially if you like to savor the notes slowly.
And that’s not the last of it! Black Box has continued to be more innovative with their packaging by introducing a 500ml Tetra-Pak which is handy on the go solution for the outdoor enthusiasts.
In this guide, we are going to do a review of some of the best Black Box wines in 2018. Read on to find out which black box wines are ruling in 2018 and why.
Why Black Box Wine?
Black Box wine has a compact size that makes it easy to take with you on an adventure. And if you are an outdoor enthusiast, this is definitely something that you’ll appreciate.
You can open your wine without fear that it’ll go bad because it stays fresh for four to six weeks after opening. All you need to do is store in a cool, dry place at room temperature.
It leaves a small carbon footprint compared to bottled wines and is fully recyclable to reduce wastage.
Its Reputation Precedes It
Black Box is an award-winning brand that boasts of 50 gold medals and several best buys. If brand and reputation are anything to go by, then it’s a brand that you can trust.
Best Black Box Wine in 2018
Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most famous red wine. It is a full-bodied wine with aromas of toasty oak, black currant and a hint of vanilla. It has varied flavors with dark fruit flavors and savory tastes from bell pepper and black pepper.
Cabernet is one of the most complex wines out there and can be paired with basically all types of foods. However, it did exceptionally well with food high in fat and braised short ribs and stroganoff and mushrooms.
Black Box Merlot
Black Box Merlot reigns as the second best Black Box Wine after Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a dark blue colored wine grape variety that is well known for being soft, ripe and elegant with supple acidity and soft tannins that give your mouth a dry sensation.
Merlot wine can be paired with a wide variety of foods. From chicken to other light meats, roasted tomatoes, and beef bourguignon.
- Spicy foods are likely to overwhelm Merlots nuanced flavors.
- Fish and leafy vegetables have to be braised. Otherwise, they don’t pair well with Merlot.
Black Box Malbec
Malbec is a full-bodied red wine that boasts of plump, luscious dark fruit flavors and a lush, smooth finish. It’s a classic case of a heady combination of juicy plum flavors, and blackberry aromas meet hints of chocolate and leather. Plus it is affordable and promises an earthy structure and balanced acidity that you’ll no doubt love.
Unlike other wines, Malbec doesn’t have a long finish. Therefore it is great with leaner red meats and rustic flavors like cumin spice and mushrooms and different funky flavors like blue cheese.
Black Box Chardonnay
Chardonnay is one of the most diverse wines on the market. It boasts of rich tropical pineapple and mango aromas with subtle hints of oak and excellent depth and structure that gives it a complex finish.
Chardonnay pairs well with soft cheeses such as cow milk and goat milk cheeses, chicken breast, pork loin, Atlantic salmon, oysters, lobster, turkey breast, parsley, shallots, tarragon, peas, zucchini, asparagus, chanterelles, almonds, and poultry seasoning.
Black Box Pinot Noir
Our list wouldn’t be complete without the mention of the Pinot Noir. It is typically a light to medium bodied red wine that features enticing aromas of red cherry and strawberry with complimentary notes of toasty oak with a lingering finish.
Pinot Noir is a lot like Chardonnay when it comes to food pairings. You can try it with cream based sauces and cream-based soups, mushrooms, pork chops, fish and chips, chicken and crab and avocado salad.
Wrapping it Up
Forget everything you thought you knew about boxed wine. Black Box wine has completely redefined boxed wine into a sensational treat. And the best part! There are wines to choose from all the way from Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot, Malbec, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. And it has an elegant, convenient package that keeps the wine fresh and