Tetra Paks

ALL BOXED UP
The LCBO is determined to give us a ton of wine in boxes, whether we want it or not. It fulfills some mandate they have for reducing waste. Or so they will claim. Environment experts seem to think differently.

Anyhow, a lot of shelf space is now given over to boxed, or to use the brand name, Tetra Pak, wine. Tetra is good for situations where glass is too heavy, dangerous (or obvious) and it would be great if some wine – at all price levels – was offered this way. But this is not the situation in our stores. The LCBO was in such a hurry to get their quota of Tetra that they ended up with a ton of garbage wine. Overnight brands. Surplus, inferior wine that wineries were only too glad to get rid of. Ideally Tetra should have been introduced gradually – from suppliers of wines that are already on the shelf. The few good wines I found are Tetra editions of wines already available in regular bottles. There was one good new brand called Baldivis, but it got pulled because of problems with the container.

Having used Tetra now for over a year I have to say I hate both the feel and sloppy pour from the package. While I may use it for picnics, I believe glass is more earth-friendly, and wine-friendly.

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