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Bota Box RedVolution

Cost: Average price $20

Where buy now: Costco - $14.99

Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah

Region: California

Vintage: 2010


Bota Box RedVolution

Yep, I'm going there: boxed wine. Mind you, this is not your parent's Franzia White Zin - just pure economical goodness in a box, that's recyclable to boot! Merely drinking it is good for the environment.

Enter RedVolution by Bota Box. I was at Costco and asked the aloof, young cashier, "What do you know about this boxed wine?" He insightfully retorted, "Ummm. Lots of people requested it."

That raving review left me no choice. I had to pick up a box. Two, actually.

The directions were simple, and it was fun to pull the spout out and prep the box; not unlike tapping a keg. Initially, the pour comes out with brute force. It desperately wants out, and to get up in your glass. But was this just a cool party trick?

The taste was surprisingly, umm, acceptable! Make no mistake, this is a mild wine suitable for everyday drinking. This California blend of Merlot, Cab, Zin, Syrah and Petite Sirah, makes it go with just about everything. My husband and I drink it throughout the week, or, at least that was the plan. I think it was gone in a couple days. The drawback of spout-pouring wine - it goes fast!

If you need wine for dinner with the in-laws, bring this along. They'll love you for it and you'll have plenty to drink to get you through the evening.

The RedVolution is available at Costco for $14.99 + tax which comes to $16 and change all for a box of wine equivalent to 4 bottles. So - let's break this down, that is about $4/bottle and therefore I deem RedVolution as the Savvy Lush "Savvy bottle, er, box of the month."


Last Updated ( Tuesday, May 08, 2012 1:52pm )  


0 # Jen ~ TWHL 2012-02-04 19:54
The BotaBox Merlot is our go to for weekday nights...I'll have to pick up the RedVolution....

Oh gawd. Did I really just write that out loud? Yup.
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0 # Sebastian 2012-10-28 16:20
Picked this up for $16.99 it is worth every penny! I spend a fair amount of time searching for palatable budget wines (under $15 a bottle) now I fear my search is over.
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0 # Savvy Lush Admin 2012-10-29 08:02
Dear Sebastian ~

Thanks for commenting! It can be exhausting finding palatable hooch for under $15! Glad you found it in box like I have.

The only downside is that spout pouring leads to bigger glasses of vino. . .well, at my house. ;)

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Fine. I don't have any sommelier badges. But I have drunk a lot of wine. A lot.

And though I’ve swirled my share of Chateau Valandraud Saint-Emilion, the bottles I buy are almost always under fifteen bucks. Because I'm not made of money.

So now I invite you to benefit from my tireless field work in the sodden trenches of great wine.



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