Monday, March 28, 2011

WINE IN A BAG


Astrapouch

Wine containers are getting a lot of scrutiny lately as consumers look for environmentally friendly solutions and better prices on the wine and shipping costs.  Plastic bottles and boxes have already made their way into the marketplace.  Now there's the Astrapouch.

Edward Deitch wrote recently in his Vint-ed column about this alternative wine container.  It's a bag, without the box, which reminds Ed of an I-V drip bag.  He says they also look rather like a large version of the kind of containers in which juice drinks for kids come packaged.

He tried a California North Coast Sauvignon Blanc packaged in the Astrapouch, and reported that it was good, but not great.

The one-and-a-half liter bag is designed to make wine more easily portable.  It spreads at the bottom, so it can stand up in the fridge and features a spout for dispensing the wine.  Holes at the top of the bag make it easy to carry.  The maker of the Astrapouch claims they keep their contents fresh for up to 30 days.

The bags would seem to be environmentally proper, and as for shipping costs, Deitch reports the weight of the Astrapouch is 98% wine, so you save money on the cost shipping heavy glass bottles.