Boxed wine is back on the map. Winemakers have stepped up their boxed wine quality since the Franzia college days of yore. If you鈥檙e asking yourself, 鈥淲HY?!?!?!,鈥 mostly it鈥檚 because it鈥檚 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鈥檛 resist the opportunity to help you pair your bags-in-boxes with some delicacies. You鈥檒l be the life of that next party with your easy-to-carry box and recipes in tow.


1.聽Bandit Pinot Grigio聽($6 鈥 $9): Take your pick 鈥 mini boxes of wine or adult-size juice boxes! Radiant and fresh, Bandit鈥檚 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聽grilled cheese and tomato kebabs.

2.聽La Petite Frog Picpoul聽($30):聽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聽pizza.

3.聽Wineworks Chardonnay聽($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鈥檚 best swilled with microwave聽risotto!

4. Fisheye Sauvignon聽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聽($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聽ahi tuna salad聽with it.聽(via Half Baked Harvest)


6. From the Tank Vin Rouge聽($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鈥檚 rich with cherries, violet and black pepper. While that all sounds highfalutin, you鈥檙e about to pair this with聽cheesy nacho cups,聽so let鈥檚 not get too high and mighty around here.

7. Maipe 2013 Malbec ($31): This is the ultimate wine in a box.聽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鈥檒l always, always go very nicely with chocolate.

8. Wineberry Ch. Tassin, Bordeaux Rouge ($95): This blend, that mixes a merlot and cab, starts聽with squashed mixed-berry flavor and rounded spice notes. It鈥檚 ideal for gatherings with carnivorous friends and is perfectly paired with beef tenderloin.聽(via Eat a Duck I Must)

9. Bota Box 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon聽($17):聽This heavier wine (we鈥檙e 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鈥檚 a perfect companion to聽buffalo chicken mini pizzas.

10. Black Box Pinot Noir聽($22): It鈥檚 a California wine, which means it鈥檚 some of the good stuff. It鈥檚 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鈥檚 great with tapas, such as your very own homemade聽beet chips.

Have you impressed your friends with your eco-friendly yet fantastically fun ways yet? Give us a cheers in the comments!聽