Sour grapes: Does boxed wine leave a plastic taste behind?

07/31/2012

The bottle versus bag-in-box. For wine lovers, this debate can bring strong emotions that only a glass of wine can help to calm down.

It all boils down to one question - does boxed wine leave a different taste than bottled?

I did a Google search on this crucial topic, and found there are several discussions evaluating these ideas. Some believe bagged wine to "leave a plastic taste" while others feel boxed wine passes the taste test with flying colors.

Well, to add fuel to the fire, a group of researchers from the Joint Research Unit Agropolymer Engineering and Emerging Technologies in Montpellier, France, claim bag-in-box wine loses key flavor and aroma compounds to the plastic packaging, according to an article by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences.
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