Thursday, December 21, 2006

Bacchus goes high tech and hits the road

We have decided that beer is the cause of a great deal of flatulence in our world. It took a little while to make the full conversion to wine, but now we are happy. We have found the perfect compromise:

Boxed wine. Specifically Hardy's Shiraz. Don't mess with the Cab, don't go near the Chardonnay. The Shiraz is an awesome, drinkable, affordable wine. At roughly $18 for a box, it breaks down to about $4.50 a bottle. Plus, you don't have all the extra weight and waste of four bottles.

The stigma of boxed wine? Three answers: 1) It's hip to be square. Huey Lewis said it 20 years ago, and it's still true today. 2) Wine box technology comes from, like, NASA. If you can actually make a box last for six months, you'll find it just as drinkable when you return to Earth as when you left. 3) If you manually carry your wine as we do (in the old courier bag), one box is lighter than four bottles BY FAR.

Where to get it? We like South Lyndale Liquors, where they seem to rotate their stock nicely. Thomas Liquors over on Grand Avenue in St. Paul is also a nice wine shop. In our experience, Surdyk's is hit or miss, when it comes to box wines--they don't keep the stock up, and can run for weeks without a reliable supply. Also, the only two boxes we've ever had that had turned bad came from Surdyk's, for whatever that's worth.

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