10 Boxed Wine Pairings (Yes, Boxed Wine)
Boxed wine is back on the map. Winemakers have stepped up their boxed wine quality since the Franzia college days of yore. If you’re asking yourself, “WHY?!?!?!,” mostly it’s because it’s good for mama nature. Most bags-o-wine come with a lower carbon footprint than the traditional glass production, making you more earth-friendly and thrifty. And with so many great options on the market, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to help you pair your bags-in-boxes with some delicacies. You’ll be the life of that next party with your easy-to-carry box and recipes in tow.
1. Bandit Pinot Grigio ($6 – $9): Take your pick — mini boxes of wine or adult-size juice boxes! Radiant and fresh, Bandit’s pinot contains citrus, peach and pear, followed by flavors of lemon and green apple. A splash of sweet is tempered by a tiny bit of tart making it the perfect companion for grilled cheese and tomato kebabs.
2. La Petite Frog Picpoul ($30): Le Petite Frog (just the cutest name) displays fresh and delicate aromas of grapefruit, lime and exotic fruit, which linger on the palate, meaning it goes fabulously with some delicious pizza.
3. Wineworks Chardonnay ($40): This clean, crisp and bright style of chardonnay contains a hint of toasted oak and citrus and apple notes. Perfect for any warm summer day, it’s best swilled with microwave risotto!
4. Fisheye Sauvignon Blanc ($5): Another mini to take on the go or enjoy in your living room, Fisheye offers a luscious melon sauv blanc with a refreshing, zesty finish. For a light and enjoyable dinner, try it with healthy non-pasta pasta.
5. French Rabbit Family Reserve ($11): Your first sip is going to be aromatic with citrus fruits and a hint of peach and apricot. The second sip will be round and well balanced with good acidity. Whatever all that mean, just know that you oughta be eating an ahi tuna salad with it. (via Half Baked Harvest)
6. From the Tank Vin Rouge ($40): One of the spendiest boxed options out there, the flavor of this wine justifies the price tag. A blend of grenache, syrah and carignan create a mouthful that’s rich with cherries, violet and black pepper. While that all sounds highfalutin, you’re about to pair this with cheesy nacho cups, so let’s not get too high and mighty around here.
7. Maipe 2013 Malbec ($31): This is the ultimate wine in a box. Dry and structured, with hints of clay(!), fig and strawberry, this Argentinian Malbec is a little spicy. It has leathery tannins and some lavender and mint notes, which means it’ll always, always go very nicely with chocolate.
8. Wineberry Ch. Tassin, Bordeaux Rouge ($95): This blend, that mixes a merlot and cab, starts with squashed mixed-berry flavor and rounded spice notes. It’s ideal for gatherings with carnivorous friends and is perfectly paired with beef tenderloin. (via Eat a Duck I Must)
9. Bota Box 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon ($17): This heavier wine (we’re talking taste; sorry, the box is the same size) offers aromas of black cherry and red currant with just a touch of cedar and vanilla. Medium in body, this wine is supple and juicy with rich flavors of ripe cherry and plum. It’s a perfect companion to buffalo chicken mini pizzas.
10. Black Box Pinot Noir ($22): It’s a California wine, which means it’s some of the good stuff. It’s a lighter red, with enticing aromas of strawberry, cherry and rose petal with complementing notes of toasty oak. The fresh berry and cocoa flavors lead to a delicate, lingering finish. It’s great with tapas, such as your very own homemade beet chips.
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com