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As crazy as it sounds, boxed wines that actually taste good (and have won awards to prove it) do exist. Vino snobs may disagree, but going box instead of bottle does have its perks!

For starters, the packaging tends to be more environmentally friendly, there’s no need to search for a corkscrew, plus most boxed varietals feature a bag inside the box that keeps wine fresh much longer after opening. And let’s not forget the cost: One box can contain up to four standard-sized bottles. So next time you’re seeking a robust cab or an oaky chard, skip the bottle and try one of these boxed versions on for size.

Octavin Home Wine Bar
This eight-sided cardboard cask keeps your vino fresh for up to six weeks and its non-glass construction reduces packaging waste by a whopping 85 percent! Look for popular wines such as Pinot Evi and Silver Birch sauvignon blanc from the California-based Monthaven Winery all ready to pour from the Octavin box — which, good news, holds about four bottles. ($24)

Black Box Wines
Winning medals aplenty at wine competitions has given this boxed wine brand a real edge among wine lovers — and the price is just as winning! Black Box sells for half as much as bottled wines of similar quality. Choose a box filled with one of the reds (merlot, malbec, cabernet, shiraz, sweet red) or one of the whites (chardonnay, moscato, riesling, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc) and you’ll get four bottles in one. ($18)

Yellow + Blue Malbec
Enjoy this rich and fruity malbec for about nine dollars for 1 liter, which equals to one and a half bottles. Talk about a delicious deal. ($9)

French Rabbit Wines
These French wines hail from the Languedoc Roussillon region in southern France and are poured into a 100 percent recyclable container. The pinot noir particularly strikes our fancy, but the family-owned winemaker also offers a yummy chardonnay, cabernet, merlot and a family reserve in red and white. ($10)


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