Wine in Box Looks Great in Green

If you are into everything green you should read this article in its entirety but I only had to read the beginning part to agree fully.  Screwcaps and plastic corks were so big when they first came out.  They saved the world and also profits for large industries such as Australia and South Africa which make sizable productions of cheaper wines without the need to age thus perfect for screwcaps and plastic corks.  However, the glass itself is such a huge problem and if you think about the rate wine is consumed bottle after bottle by even a few people sitting around and drinking you can see the size of the waste in glass.  A very large volume of wines consumed every year are in jug wine quality and glass is not an absolute necessity.  Australia should take great credit for inventing the Wine in Box.  This container is perfect for consuming wine and not causing a great deal of waste.  Traditionally, in the Old World restaurant, the waiter would go to back and fill a carafe from a barrel or another bulk container with the house wine and bring to the patron.  I was once reading in the Oxford Ency of Wine and the history of the bottle is Europeans went to Persia and were making wine there.  I think in 18th century or earlier and since the local population would not consume it and no barrel industry was in existence, they resorted to glass bottles to contain the wine and exported them to Eastern Asia.  That is where glass stepped in as a major vessel for transportation of wine.  The time has come to find an alternative and Wine in Box is a perfect means of preserving the wine, transporting it and also consuming it in many casual venues and home.


It's been hardly a decade since the long-maligned metal screw cap started appearing on quality wines, and during that short time, many wine enthusiasts have moved from snobbish rejection to closer analysis and on, for many, to enthusiastic acceptance of a wine bottle closure that cannot impart cork "taint."

Now get ready for the next big thing: With consumers, manufacturers and governments world-wide looking much more closely at the "carbon footprint" of consumer goods in an age of environmental concerns and rising fuel costs, the glass wine bottle is coming under critical scrutiny.

"Glass is one of the heavier packaging materials, which has made wineries investigate alternatives," reporter Jo Burzynska wrote last month in The New Zealand Herald. Just as wine makers Down Under were first to embrace alternative closures, this same region – around the world from export markets in North America and Europe – may take the lead in ditching glass in favor of lightweight wine containers.

"Australian winery Wolf Blass has just released part of its range in plastic bottles in its local market, which it claims are 90 per cent lighter than standard glass and able to keep wine in good condition for a year due to new technology," Burzynska wrote. She added, however, that the relatively short shelf life of wine in plastic bottles rules it out for wine worth aging.

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