wWine in a box does not have a good reputation, and is often considered the purview of those looking for a cheap drunk—college students and the like. In the minds of many, wine in a bottle— ideally with Bordeaux or Burgundy on the label—is where quality lives.
Tyler Colman, a wine writer and
teacher, was drinking Argentine wine
with his wife one evening, and when he
From oak casks in your
home to eco-friendly
cartons, quality winemakers are thinking
outside the bottle
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picked up the bottle he had the impression it was still full.
“I said, Wow! That’s a lot of glass that
came all the way from Argentina. So I
started wondering about the carbon
footprint of wine,” Colman says.
He teamed up with a sustainability
engineer to figure out the exact carbon
footprint of one bottle of wine from various locations. Colman then ran the same