Battle of the Boxes ~ Round 5 ~ Pepperwood Grove Chardonnay & Pinot Grigio by Don & Sons

Back with an other round of “Battle of the Boxes”  In this round  we have two contenders; A Heavyweight Big Box: Chardonnay and a Lightweight Tetra Pak: Pinot Grigio, both from the Pepperwood Grove brand from Don & Sons. We’ll see which wine will win us over.

In the Heavyweight category we have:

The Big Green Box

The Big Green Box
Pepperwood Grove
Chardonnay

Pepperwood Grove ‘The Big Green Box’ Chardonnay

First Sip

This wine opens up with aromas of apricot and woodchips with a bit of clove. A mouth burst of sugar, (think marshmallows on the fire pit) and grapefruit lead to a creamy finish. This is a quaffable wine, not buttery, not a lot of oak, but plenty of clove makes me want to reach for a ham sandwich on rye bread!

2nd Sip 1 week later

I sensed much more clove when revisiting this wine. I was surprised how much the wine changed from smooth to a bit rough. I don’t know if it is a feature of the packaging or the wine. I would like to revisit this wine in bottle format to see how it compares. I found the flavors changed too much during the second tasting round, but the 20-something crowd had no problem finishing this wine.

While the packaging kept together, being stored in the refrigerator the cardboard showed a bit of softness, suggesting it may not be able to stand up to the humidity levels for an extended amount of time. The spicket held together with no leakage. Drink boxed wine with in six weeks of opening.  77% Chardonnay | 10% Chenin Blanc | 8% Pinot Grigio | 5% Viognier | Alcohol 13.9% | $19.99 for 3L | California |

In the Lightweight category we have:

The Little Green Box

The Little Green Box
Pepperwood Grove
Pinot Grigio

Pepperwood Grove ‘The Little Green Box Tetra Pak’ Pinot Grigio

First Sip

The color is almost clear but with a slight pink hue, sweet aroma of golden delicious apples. Big tropical fruit flavors lead to a slight bitter finish. Pair this wine with fresh strawberries for a refreshing summer snack.

2nd Sip 1 day later

Due to the type of packaging and the small quantity, it’s unrealistic to think this would last one week. The size of the box at 500ml is about 2 ½ glasses. Nevertheless, I left a bit of wine in the Tetra Pak to try on day 2. Results:  still consistent and drinkable; and gone in a flash.

The small Tetra Pak makes it easy to pop some in the cooler for a summer picnic and not worry about bottles breaking or re-sealing the bottle after pouring a glass. 100% Pinot Grigio | Alcohol 13.5% | $4.49 500ml | California |

Winner of Round 5 ~Pepperwood Grove Pinot Grigio.  Why? Consistency and quaff-ability. At these price points we look for crowd pleasing, easy drinking wine. The Pinot Grigio hit both marks.  The Chardonnay struggled a bit on the consistency factor during round two; the over abundance of clove distracted me. Share with me the boxed wines that won you over!

Many thanks to Winemaker Gregg Kitchens, Don & Sons and the folks at Balzac Communications for providing the wine.
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Eileen Gross is the Chief Financial Officer for a financial services and risk management firm in Washington, DC. A 1983 Graduate of Fordham University, she is wine lover, traveler, and collector who shares her wine experiences on her blog “Wine Everyday." She is a contributing writer for 12most.com and is a member of the Society of Wine Educators.
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2 Responses to Battle of the Boxes ~ Round 5 ~ Pepperwood Grove Chardonnay & Pinot Grigio by Don & Sons

  1. So of all the boxes, which have you found to be the best so far? I am trying to convince a local restaurant to go with a box wine as their ‘house’ wine and serve it in carafes. He is not sold on the idea and wants to use magnums of Yellow Tail instead. Any thoughts?

    • So far, I really enjoyed the Fish Eye Pinot Grigio. Other whites worth the effort, Big house “White Wine” (a blend) and Pinot Grigio. Those reviews coming shortly. For a restaurant I’m not keen on magnums, there could be too much wine going to waste (assume he’ll be tossing any wine left in the bottle after day 2?) A box would stay fresh for 6 weeks, but realistically would be emptied within a day or two.

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