Boxed wine is something I would pass by without giving it a second thought. That is, until now. I was given the opportunity to try samples of CalNaturale wines. Well, of course! I never turn down a chance to sample wine. I have to admit when the samples arrived the first thought was “Oh, boxed wine”. They also arrived during a very busy time. I knew I could not give them the proper attention so they sat beside my wine rack until last week.
Thanksgiving and the following weekend were quiet days. I had decided to catch up on many of my to-do’s. Some were to work on behind the scenes stuff on this blog, to read, play with my “new” camera, and taste the CalNaturale wines.
CalNaturale Chardonnay is made with grapes from Mendocino, CA. It is what I would consider a middle of the road Chardonnay; not too oak-y and not too buttery. It is smooth and clean with flavors of pear, green apple, and a hint of citrus.
CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon is made with grapes from Paso Robles, CA. It is an easy drinking Cabernet; soft tannins and a nice finish. The flavors are of dark cherry, plum, currant and a bit of oak.
Both wines are made from certified organic grapes and packaged in Tetra Paks. They are available in 500ml and 1 liter sizes, selling for about $7 and $13 respectively. These are not only good everyday wines, but also great for wine to take on the go. Tailgating, picnics, poolside, or anywhere glass is not an option. They are much lighter than a bottle. No corkscrew needed either. The Tetra Paks are eco-friendly, resealable, and do not leak.
My opinion of boxed wine has changed. It appears this category of wine has taken steps in the right direction. I would buy the CalNaturale again. Have you had a good experience with a boxed wine? Comment below and pass along your thoughts and/or recommendations on boxed wine. Cheers!