Box wine has a bad rap, and rightly so, considering how awful some of it is (we drank a fair amount a long time ago). However, three food and wine rock stars are putting their names on the line to change this. Daniel Johnnes, Renaissance Sommelier, Daniel Boulud, Celebrity Chef extraordinaire, and Dominique Lafon, one of the world's most esteemed winemakers, are the masterminds behind DTOUR, the world's first high-end box wine.
According to Daniel Johnnes, the collapsible bag inside the box keeps the wine away from oxygen, which keeps the wine fresher longer. They claim it will remain fresh for up to six weeks. Amazingly, that means no more spoiled bottles.
Per last week's review in the New York Times, their first release, a 2004 Chardonnay from Macon-Villages, is a light, lively, good everyday wine.
The three liter tube is the equivalent of four bottles and is available in New York at Sherry-Lehmann (679 Madison Avenue, between 61st and 62nd), Tribeca Wine Merchants (40 Hudson Street between Duane and Thomas), Burgundy Wine Company (143 West 26th Street, between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue), and Zachy's (Scarsdale, or online) for $36.99/tube. - Jen D (not Maxwell below)