A question from Kermit Lynch to you…

As regular readers of our newsletter know, Kermit spends a good chunk of his year in France and Italy. He works, he relaxes, he visits friends. One of his absolute favorite places to mix his work and pleasure is on the island of Corsica. He just returned to his Provençal home after spending a week in Corsica visiting our three producers there and enjoying life on the island.

Kermit is always looking for good values and while in Corsica he happened upon something interesting that he told me to ask you (the reader) about.08 E Prove Blanc

We import a beautiful Vermentino from Domaine Maestracci called “E Prove Blanc” (the 2008 $16.95). Kermit loves this wine and in the 2009 January Newsletter it was described as “Kermit’s house wine.” While tasting at Domaine Maestracci, Kermit was offered the chance to buy a Vermentino similar to the “E Prove Blanc” but in a five-liter box. Five liters is equivalent to 6 and 2/3rds bottles of wine. We don’t have a price for the five-liter box at this time, but it would certainly be cheaper than a bottle of E Prove. Kermit thinks the wine is a nice tasty dry white and will be a great value.

Please consider the possibilities. You could keep the box in your fridge for a month or so, drinking through it one glass at a time. Or what about a big backyard party, buy a few of the boxes, and keep the wine flowing without opening a new bottle every five minutes?

So let us know, would you be interested in such a package? Leave your comments below!


  1. Absolutely. I love the wine and have no problem with non-traditional containers being used.

  2. Noah says:

    I say bring it on! …but it should be quite a bit cheaper. I’d say at $60 you’d have some problems selling it. $35-45 sounds much better.

  3. Andrew says:

    I’d buy. I’ve rafted whitewater with boatloads of such boxes. Just always wanted a higher quality wine in them.

  4. Tony says:

    What’s the harm in trying it? You guys should make its intro at one of the parking lot events – Oysterfest?

    Just don’t start packaging Tempier or VT like this, I’ll have to reconstruct the cellar (again)

  5. Josh says:

    Sounds absolutely great. How about some others from southern France, not just white?

  6. John T says:

    Terrific idea. I’m in!!

  7. Stu Fishler says:

    Absolutely would get it! I have had the one in the …er…dark brown, almost bordering on black, box…and it was quite a fine QPR.

  8. Jim says:

    This sounds great and I look forward to trying it out!

  9. Brandon says:

    Sounds fantastic. I would definitely give it a try, maybe a sign of what the future holds for good, inexpensive wine from the “Old World.”

  10. Connor T. McDonald says:

    I’d buy it.

  11. You had me at “Five liters is equivalent to 6 and 2/3rds bottles of wine.”

  12. Udo Hoerhold says:

    Great idea. Perfect for a party. Just need to think of a way to keep it cold while it’s out.

  13. Danny says:

    How perfect it would be for a “house” Rhone or Chianti.

  14. Matthew Reid says:

    Absolutely! Please do this. B-in-B is great technology but has been undermined by the poor quality of the wine placed within.

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  16. Hillary says:

    I’m not proud, I’d buy it. As Mychal said, you had me at “five liters”. I blogged about this today, adding another question/contest: what to call 5 liters of wine? As for as I know, there’s no terminology (somewhere between Jeroboam/Rehoboam and Imperial Magnum/Methuselah), so I’m asking for clever naming ideas — like Jeroboxam (by way of example). http://bellyuptotheblog.com/blog to leave your ideas…

  17. Freddo says:

    Without doubt. I suggested that to Kermit a few years ago at Provence Days for rose. Having one of each in the frig would be then next best thing being in southern France.

  18. krayon says:

    yesssssssss pleeeease

  19. Mac McCarthy says:

    I’d have to try the wine first, but I have no objection whatever to boxes and to volume. As you say – if it’s good, you get a great price plus the convenience of not having to waste wine in opened bottles…. As the only winedrinker in my household, I appreciate that sort of thing!

  20. ross estes blum says:

    Like a lot of things in life, please ponder at what cost does this convenience come to us? Most likely the inner bag containing the wine and its valve are not recyclable thus our landfills will grow more junk. Perhaps this is our distinctly American terroir. No thanks.

  21. Brian says:

    Yes, I’d like a box in the fridge.

  22. Jack Everitt says:

    I can’t believe you don’t do this already. A no-brainer.

  23. Mark Knetzer says:

    If Lynch imports it I’ll drink it. Hopefully some will make its way to Maryland since we can’t get direct delivery here. If it is imported I will lobby the Wine Source here to put it on the shelf.

  24. Ryan says:

    Most definitely. Sounds perfect for this summer.

  25. Errol says:

    Would prefer a Rose.

  26. Sam Goth says:

    Definitely would try a box. Great idea all around, provided the unused wine doesn’t oxidize too fast and is reasonably priced.

  27. Jeff says:

    Probably but with a question — any idea what the shelf life would be? I’ve got to think there would be some effect of drawing down the wine, and that some air gets into the bag so as to start the oxidization process. From the other comments, however, it doesn’t seem like that’s a concern to people. Am I missing something?

  28. Alex Hay says:

    I love the idea of a quality wine in a bag in a box. When can I get some? Seriously, hurry up as some of us have been waiting a long time for this!

  29. Frederick says:

    Count me in… I have been looking everywhere for something like this… And chance we can find a natural, light red in a box someday?

  30. Carl H says:

    I’d buy it in an Aixois minute.

  31. Ken Taylor says:

    Put ’em all in a box or a screw cap or a crown cap! Or at least 50%. This educates the consumer rather than preys on consumer ignorance. This provides what is being presented, This upholds the trust.

    Appellation Alice has Wine Girl for Hire. I’m hiring Carol Duval-Leroy. Take a look at Carol”s video
    and see how Carol upholds the trust.

  32. C. Mann says:

    I love that wine and that producer. Sign me up. I would also buy their rouge in box.

  33. Milan says:

    Since I really like the E Prove Blanc, and have had positive experience with wine-in-box before, this seems like a great idea to me. I vote yes. I also think that the Rouge would be terrific.

  34. I am dying to try that wine and yes, yes, yes to bag in box at any cost!

  35. Diana Kaspic says:

    Yes, absolutely! I would love to see more wines offered in this format. It’s better value per price point and it reduces the carbon footprint from a shipping perspective. Love it.

  36. Stephen Malarick says:

    Perhaps I’m biased in that I work for the Boston based distributor of Kermit Lynch wines. I would kill to have a great wine such as the E Prove Blanc to take to my on premise customers. Hey match it with a solid value red or two. While tetrapaks are greener than glass, the idea of real wine in a box rocks! So, please, please consider it. You’ll be surprised with the response. And think of the lower shipping costs!

  37. Dan Hussong says:

    yes,please yes,please yes, please yes, I will sell it and buy it.

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