Half term is upon us and so, naturally, my thoughts turn to wine. It’s times like these we need volume. Portable volume. And if you’re off camping (mad fools!), you’ll need it in something other than glass. Now, wine boxes used to be boring, wine-wise. Then some of them got a bit better. But still more frogs than princes, if you know what I mean. Thank heavens, then, for Bagnums, 1.5l wine pouches filled with lovely wines from Burgundy. I know! I tasted my way through a line up of wine bags and boxes yesterday for a piece for the paper. You can read the whole thing here, otherwise this week’s wines are my favourites.
Current white in the fridge: Du Grappin #Bagnum Blanc 1.5l
Price: £28 - Buy From The Solent Cellar
Wine! In a bag! Or a Bagnum, as it’s known, given that it holds a magnum’s worth of wine (1.5l, equivalent to two bottles). And it’s not just drinkable wine. It’s really drinkable wine, sourced by an Australian winemaker called Andrew Nielsen who happens to like finding good stuff in Burgundy to put in wine bags. Doing so reduces the carbon footprint by a staggering 80% compared with glass. Andrew makes lots of other smart wines in normal bottles too, but these bagnums are a game-changer. Check www.legrappin.com for stockists; luckily for me, my brilliant local independent wine shop stocks them. This one’s made from good quality Chardonnay grapes grown across the Macon-Villages appellation. Fresh with ripe melon flavours, it’s spot on.
Current rose in the fridge: St John Rose 3l Bag In Box
Price: £31 - Buy From St John
We talked about this wine last year. It was the one my sister and I took to Camp Bestival and probably the reason we slightly overshot the runway on the first night. Anyway, it’s back, with a new vintage. And I love it. Pale but not too delicate, with gorgeous redcurrant fruit flavours and a whiff of peach. And just 11.5%! I love the packaging; functional, but delivers the goods. And remember, anything in a box or pouch (that word again) will keep fresher for longer – weeks rather than days – as there’s no air in there to spoil the wine. Available in the St John shop, but they’ll also deliver. Pig out.
Current red on the side: Du Grappin Rouge #Bagnum 1.5l
Price: £26 - Buy From The Solent Cellar
As a partner to the white, Australian winemaker Andrew Nielsen has sourced this juicy, raspberry and black cherry flavoured red and put it in a wine bag. Or a bagnum, as he calls them (it holds 1.5l, the same as two normal bottles of wine). Made from the Gamay grape, it’s from vineyards in the oft-underrated Beaujolais Villages region. The packaging reduces the wine’s carbon footprint by 80% compared with glass. And the wine will keep fresher for longer. It’s not cheap, but alongside most wine in non-glass packaging, it’s bloody brilliant. Check their website for more stockists.