FAQ

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  • How did Black Box create the best box wine?

    Launched in 2003, Black Box Wines was the first Premium boxed wine in America and the first brand to offer AVA-appellated varietals and vintage dating. Second, our grapes are harvested from world-class growing regions, including California’s acclaimed wine country and the lush vineyards of Argentina and Chile. Third, through a meticulous traditional winemaking process, Black Box Wines are crafted to be food-friendly and fruit-forward. And it’s this attention to detail that made us the number one Premium box wine in the country— with more than 50 gold medals and 29 Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy” awards.

  • Do I need to refrigerate your red wines to keep them fresh after opening?

    No. Black Box reds stay just as fresh at room temperature. Oxidation, the chemical reaction that spoils wine, occurs in bottles because the wine is exposed to air. With Black Box, the wine is never exposed to oxygen, so oxidation does not start to take place for at least 6 weeks after opening.

  • How long will the wine stay fresh after opening?

    Black Box Wine will stay fresh for at least 6 weeks after opening. Our box contains a vacuum-sealed bag that prevents air from getting in and oxidation from spoiling the wine.

  • Does box wine have a limited shelf life even if it isn’t opened?

    Yes. Black Box Wines are best within the first year. The date the wine was packaged is stamped on the bottom of the box.

    A bag-in-box wine has a shorter shelf life than bottled wine because microscopic amounts of oxygen actually pass through the surface of the bag over time and age the wine. This oxidation also happens in bottled wine, but at a much slower pace. You can drink box wine after a year, but the flavors will have faded.

    Our distributors and retailers should pull expired wine off the shelf. If you try a Black Box Wine that doesn’t taste right, please return it to the retailer and alert us through our contact page.

  • My Black Box Wine was good when I opened it, but did NOT taste fresh for a full 6 weeks after opening. What went wrong?

    Air probably seeped into the vacuum-sealed bag, which deteriorates the wine like an opened bottle. This may occur if the spout is opened when the box is upside down or on its side.

    Sometimes air will get into the bag with only a few ounces left. If you hear a gurgling sound when the wine is poured, assume the wine won’t stay fresh for more than a couple of days.

  • When the box is almost empty, the wine pours more slowly. How can I get it to pour faster?

    Simply tilt the box forward and the remaining wine should dispense more quickly.

    You can also try turning the box upside down and pressing the button. This will allow air to enter the bag, releasing the vacuum seal. The remaining wine should pour with ease. Since this exposes the wine to air, we recommend drinking the remainder of the wine within a couple of days.

    A third option is to remove the bag through the spout hole and simply squeeze the remaining wine into your glass.

  • Should I age the wine or drink it now?

    Drink the wine now. Aging doesn’t improve Black Box Wines. Bag-in-box wines age more rapidly than bottled wines because microscopic amounts of oxygen pass through the surface of the bag and into the wine. This oxidation also occurs with bottles, but at a much slower pace.

    It is a general misconception that wines get better with age. The vast majority of wines begin to deteriorate 18 months after bottling. Don’t age any wine unless the winery specifically recommends doing so.

  • How do you let Black Box red wine breathe?

    The best way to allow any red wine (boxed or bottled) to breathe is to pour it into your glass—or decant it into a pitcher—and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. If you can’t wait, pour half a glass and swirl it. This will aerate the wine, causing it to open up and release its rich aromas and flavors.

  • How should I store the wine before I use it?

    Wine should be stored in a dark, dry place at room temperature or cooler—ideally between 45° F and 65° F

  • What do I do if the spout is misaligned?

    The spout should be pointing straight down. If not, gently rotate it to the correct position.

  • Is the box recyclable?

    Yes. Remove the bag and recycle the box with your paper products.

  • Why are the Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc now appellated from Chile?

    Low grape yields in recent vintages have led to sourcing constraints for Black Box Wines Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. In order to maintain our high standards, Black Box Wines sought alternative growing regions that could offer superior quality at an exceptional value. In Chile, we have an experienced team of winemakers and long-standing relationships with growers. The grapes are sourced from the Central Valley's premiere growing sites in Valle de Maule, Colchagua and Rapel. While Black Box Wines Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon may vary slightly from their original flavor profile, these appellations maintain the standards we set for all Black Box Wines.