The first time I saw a box of wine in France, I was shocked. SHOCKED!
Boxed wine in France? This is an aberration. It can't be true!
I was at a village picnic and I was told to go get myself a glass of wine at the beverage table set up in the field. This was my first summer here and certainly my first village picnic. You can probably imagine what my visions were, but just to make it clear, it involved buckets and buckets of chilling bottles of wine, refracting the rays of the late afternoon sunshine...blah...blah…blah.
Sort of like this.
Except it wasn't.
So yes, sorry to break it to you, but French people do drink boxed wine, or a cubi as they call it. To prove it, here's the aisle of Rosé at the supermarché. This being the beginning of Rosé season, they're well stocked.
Red and white fans have a pretty good selection as well.
Of course, these are generally not the high end varieties, but even our low and medium end can be pretty damned good. The advantages are, as with all boxed wine, it's cheaper, it lasts for 6 weeks, or so they tell me, and you can drink a glass or two at a time without losing the rest of the bottle. This is also hearsay, since I'll be damned if I'm going to ever let half a bottle go to waste
My last box sat on my kitchen counter for a day or two, but then I hid it from myself.
But if you liked it, and after you've removed the bladder from the box and squeezed out every last drop (my friend Holly has experimented extensively with the bladder squeeze and says there is always another glass and 3/4 left in the bag) the effect can be rather tragic.
Isn't this just a sad photo?
Poor, broken down, shell of a bag.
Now if boxed wine isn't to your liking, we also have wine fill-in stations. I'm not kidding! Take your plastic 5 litre jug to the local wine co-op which you'll find in every other village, and they'll fill it up with their table wine variety in any color.
This has to be consumed or bottled pretty quickly since it won't last more than a day or two but it's great for a party and it amuses the hell out of my visitors.
My box of wine is gone, consumed during a long and very late table conversation which probably wouldn't have been nearly so long and late if I hadn't had that ginormous box of wine. I think for now, at least until visitor season starts in two weeks, I'll stick with bottles. It's safer.