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I am a huge fan of wine. I have been blessed to live near the Napa Valley in California and have been exposed to some amazing wines. I am familiar with Big House Wines, but wasn’t sure what to expect from their red wine. Everything from the clever marketing of their bottles to their website had me eager to try it. I tend to not have big expectations when it comes to inexpensive reds, but I’ll tell you this, Big House Red Wine exceeded my expectations and then some!

Big House Winery in Soledad, CA (Monterey County) is a mere ankle iron’s toss from the Soledad State Correctional Facility, a.k.a. “the Big House,” “The Clink,” “The Slammer,” which explains the recurring prison theme depicted on the labels. The brand’s cornerstone is a rebellious New World winemaking style blending Mediterranean varieties. Big House wines unshackle consumers from ball and chain wine choices and rules, creating criminally exhilarating everyday wines.

Big House Red is a wonderful combination of some popular varieties like: Syrah, Petite Verdot, Malbec, Sangriovese, Merlot and Petite Sirah. This is a medium-bodied wine that is very food-friendly. It has a full nose of blackberries and raspberries, and hints of leather and spices. The palate is clean, exhibiting flavors of cranberries, roses and a touch of rhubarb. The finish lingers with flavors of vanilla and a touch of dark cherries, leaving this wine smooth and very easy to drink.

The wine can easily be paired with grilled meats and vegetables, making this an excellent choice for summer dinners.

One thing that makes this wine so unique is the packaging. You can purchase a 750-ml bottle, which is the standard size for wine bottles OR you can get it in a 3-liter premium wine cask. I know, I know … I was just like you. Never in my life did I think I would enjoy drinking wine from a box, but you know what? I did, and guess what? I enjoyed every last drop of it.

There are so many benefits to purchasing a 3-liter cask. Not only does the wine come in a cute octagon-shaped box, but by boxing the wine you are eliminating heavy glass and expensive cork and closures, which then reduces the cost of packaging and shipping, and results in savings to the consumer!

Plus, there are a few more benefits to choosing a 3-liter cask over four, carbon-inefficient heavy glass bottles.

  • Reduces packaging waste by at least 85 percent and carbon emissions by 55 percent.
  • More wine, three whole liters!
  • Unique package design ensures every glass tastes as fresh and flavorful as the first for up to six weeks.
  • Saves you money. 

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“So good, they’re almost criminal.”


I received a sample to review, but all opinions written above are my own.