Thinking Inside the Box Means Greener, Cheaper Vino

Quality is rising, so get on board, wine snobs
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2008 1:00 PM CDT
"Now that wine producers are talking about reducing their carbon footprint," Colman writes, "alternative, lighter packaging instead of heavier glass seems like the right thing to do.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A move by Italy toward wine in boxes should be a kick in the grapes for US producers and consumers, Tyler Colman writes in the New York Times. “But the sky isn’t falling. Wine in a box makes sense environmentally and economically,” the author and blogger continues, given how a switch would shrink carbon footprints and transportation costs for vintners.

Since only the world’s very best wines need to be aged in a bottle, everyday vintages are a no-brainer for boxes—where they’ll keep longer, too, Colman points out. Rising quality should help shake off its “down-market image,” so “if you’re sorry about the change, squeeze off another well-preserved, affordable, low-carbon serving of boxed wine and mull it over.”