Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Did You Know?... About Wine Bottles

With modern considerations about the environmental impact of wine, some manufacturers are starting to address the issue of glass wine bottles. While glass can be recycled, the fact is that the glass alone makes up 40% of the shipping weight of a bottle of wine.

There is long association between boxed wine and cheap quality, but some producers are hoping to overcome that, to address packaging issues. Bag-in-box technologies are cheaper to produce than glass bottles, weigh considerably less, and stack easier for transport and storage.  The seals involved can maintain freshness in young wines. On the other hand, the very fact that they are so well sealed means that they will not allow the minimal air infiltration needed to age a high quality wine over time (meaning, wines in boxes cannot be cellared). Most vintners would agree that the quality wines still need the glass; the use of bag-in-box technology is appropriate for wine meant to be consumed shortly after bottling.

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