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Boxed Wine Getting More Respect

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(New York) -- There is less reason for wine snobs to turn up their noses at boxed wine these days.  The college party standby is getting better, according to blogger Dr. Vino, also known as Tyler Colman and author of A Year of Wine.

Not only are wine-makers putting a better quality product in boxes, but boxed wine also has a smaller carbon footprint, so its more environmentally responsible.  The packaging is more earth-friendly because, among other things, it's lighter to ship and that means it needs less fuel to transport it.  Switching from glass bottles to boxes for 97 percent of wines to be consumed within one year would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about two million tons.  That's the equivalent of removing about 400,000 cars from the road. 

In France, people often buy boxed wine for regular use and Italy's agriculture ministry has approved boxing some of the country's best wines.  So, the next time your party guest shows disdain for the boxed wine you offer, you can tell them to stick a cork in it.

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