Black Box Wine Review

Black Box Wine Merlot

Black Box Wine Review

Black Box WineThere was a time when wine that came in a box was considered uncouth. But times have changed and now it’s perfectly acceptable for a wine container to be square. And sometimes boxed wine is even the better option. Not all the time but there are circumstances that sometimes a box of wine is the better option. Let me explain while I review this new Black Box Wine Merlot.

Black Box Wine comes in a great looking black box. That box contains about 4 bottles worth of wine. And you know what costs less than a bottle? that’s right a box. And those savings are passed on to you. So a 3 liter box only cost about $20. Now that’s a good deal.

The Black Box Wine is not just a giant juice box. You see there’s a bladder inside the box that keeps the air out and the wine fresh. Air is the enemy of wine but this bag in a box solution seems to work really well. I’ve had a Black Box Wine Merlot for about 3 weeks and it still tastes the same as when it was first opened.

So how does it taste? Now remember that I’m not a wine snob and I can’t tell you that a certain wine has hints of vanilla and tea leaves but I know what tastes good. This wine taste’s good. It’s perfect to put in your home bar for a nice glass of wine during the week or even when an unexpected guest drops by. Would I use it for a special occasion? No. But as a day to day wine, it’s perfect. Use it for cooking too.

Black Box Wine MerlotLong term storage is the only issue. Drink it within a few months. This is not wine that will improve in your wine cellar. This is wine that you should drink. Which is a shame because the wine boxes stack so neatly. But I don’t consider having to drink the wine a negative so this really isn’t a big issue. If you’re looking for expensive wine to put in your wine cellar and never drink, they look else where.

Another good thing about not having a bottle is the carbon footprint. The box takes less energy to make and there’s less packing waste. You can recycle the box too.

So my review of Black Box Wine is positive. There’s a time for fancy wine and popping corks but there’s also room for boxed wine. The taste, the convenience and the cool package make this wine something that you should try.


Manhattan Drink

Manhattan Drink
Manhattan Drink
The King of Cocktails - The Manhattan

Are you looking for an old school cocktail? Is 1870 old enough for you? The Manhattan is also known as the King of Cocktails and this drink has a great history behind it.

In the 1870’s Winston Churchill’s mother was hosting a party for then presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. Like a good hostess, she wanted signature cocktail to be served to the guests. This drink made with Whiskey, Vermouth and Bitters was created especially for the banquet and it was a big hit.

After that, people started asking for the drink by the name of the club where the party was held, The Manhattan Cocktail. Personally, I would have called it the Mother Churchill’s Cocktail but I wasn’t born for another 100 years, so I didn’t have a say in the matter.

 

Manhattan Drink Recipe
2.5 ounces Canadian Whiskey (Kentucky Bourbon or Rye can also be used)
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
Dash Angostura Bitters
1 Maraschino Cherry

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Strain into a martini glass or an old fashioned glass on the rocks
Add Cherry

Variations:
Dry Manhattan – Make it with dry vermouth instead of sweet vermouth and serve it with a twist.

Perfect Manhattan – Make it with equal parts dry and sweet vermouth.

Bulleit Manhattan – Replace the Whiskey with Bulleit Bourbon.

 

Bacardi Bat Logo

As a big fan of rum, I’ve probably spent way too much time looking at bottles of Bacardi. It’s just something you do when drinking rum punch or a hurricane. But have you ever noticed the Bacardi Bat Logo on the bottle? After a little bit of research I discovered the reason why Bacardi uses a bat logo for it’s rum.

Bacardi Bat Logo
Bacardi Bat Logo

Legend has it that when the founder of Bacardi was looking for a factory to start a distillery, he found a building that had fruit bats living up in the roof. This was considered to be a good omen so he bought the factory.

And then when he was ready to start selling Bacardi Rum, it was his wife who suggested using the bat logo because it was easily recognizable. And since many of their customers were illiterate (this was in Cuba in the late 1800s), it would be easier for them to pick out the bottle that contained, “el ron de murcielagos”, the rum of the bats.