Sunday, September 19th, 2011 – Bota Box Shiraz 2009

Each Sunday…we open a different bottle of fancy vino along with a fancy meal concocted by James.  But what do we drink the other 6 days of the week?  Well, still wine…and maybe a beer or two thrown in there (hey, it’s college football time!).  But our typical go-to everyday wine is pretty cheap (who doesn’t love a bargain?).  And it comes from a BOX!  That’s right…boxed wine, people!  BOTA BOX!  (Side note, I’d like to give a shout-out to my sistah, Becca Sockwell, who I had one of first boxes of wine with circa 2006!  Whoop whoop!)  There are tons of pros of these awesome cardboard boxes filled with wine goodness…for one, you get 3 liters (which is equal to four 750 ml bottles) for $18.99…which, if you do the math (18.99  ÷ 4 = 4.7475) is about $5 a bottle.  Ain’t to shabby for a pretty decent everyday wine, eh?  Plus, it allows for more money in your budget to spend on nicer bottles of wine!  Secondly, it keeps your wine fresh for over a month!  How many times have you opened a bottle of wine, had one glass out of it, forgot about it completely, rediscovered it a week or so later and decide to give it a-go?  Only to find out it taste just like a straight shot of vinegar. (Never?…just me? Cool…)  Anyway, it keeps the wine fresh for a while and you can keep coming back to it sans vinegar shot.  And lastly and most importantly…it’s recyclable!


BOTA BOX! (please excuse Nacho being lazy in the back there)


Consumer:  James & Sara

Name:  Bota Box

Region:  California

Grape Varietal:  Shiraz

Vintage:  2009

Price:  $18.99

Alcohol content:  13.5%

Food pairing:  Grilled Longhorn T-bone Steaks with a Shiitake Mushroom Risotto and Chef’s Veg of the Night.


Longhorn T-Bone


Color & Appearance:  Dark burgundy, inky, opaque…probably one of the darkest wines I’ve seen in a while.

Nose/Aroma:  Full fruit front (maybe cherries?) and hints of leather.

Mouth/Flavors:  Soft, slight raspberry and honestly…not much going on upon opening.  It’s nothing to amazingly exciting…just an average taste.

Rating:  6-ish

Impressions:  Surprisingly enough, it paired nicely with the food and brought out more flavors.  We’ve tried almost every varietal of red Bota Box that there is…and this one isn’t too exciting.  If you’re looking for a glass or two of wine at the end of the long day without having to open an entire bottle…the boxed wine route ain’t too shabby.  It’s a staple in our household!

Food Recommendations: In my professional culinary opinion…anything!  But then again, that’s why I leave the cheffing up to James!


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