Boxed Wine 101: Interview with Heather Pyle, CalNaturale

| 5/15/2012 11:01:53 AM

While I’m by no means a wine aficionado, I do consider myself a wine enthusiast—and my enthusiasm does not discriminate against wine that comes in boxes.

Though I may avoid some boxed wines that remind me of early college, boxed wines—especially those that come in Tetra Paks— are getting more and more sophisticated thanks to innovation in winemaking and organic farming.

One of the leaders in organic boxed wines is CalNaturale (a past favorite at Natural Home & Garden). I love keeping the smaller Tetra Paks on-hand for weeknight dinners (for use in recipes and drinking!), and I find that the smart packaging allows for more room and portability.

CalNaturale’s head winemaker talked to me about how organic, boxed wine is keeping up with traditional, conventional and corked/bottled wine at the liquor store. See what she has to say about drinking from the box!

CalNaturale winesBoxed/non-glass packaged wine carries a stigma in some circles. Do you think this stigma is easing? 

I think this is a battle already won with the consumer. While “un-natural” corks in glass bottles still have a mountain to climb, a complete switch of packaging to convenient, lightweight, eco-friendly, aesthetic values seems to be an easy conversion for the younger consumers at least. Once purchased, CalNaturale’s concentration and serious quality speaks for itself with regards to class.