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Black Box Sauvignon Blanc Honest Review: I Tried Every Boxed Wine So You Don’t Have To

My honest review of Black Box Sauvignon Blanc.

This is a series of posts designed to help you choose the right boxed wine for you. No one would ever pay me to write about this, so you can rest assured my opinions are unbiased.

Overall value of the wine is primarily graded by taste and the number of ice cubes needed to make it drinkable. Wines are rated on a grading scale of F to A+.

So join me as I suffer through three liters of every Black Box, Bota, Barefoot, etc and take myself way too seriously.

Black Box Sauvignon Blanc Honest Review

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Easy to open and pour, but the design could be more ambitious. I mean, I get it — it’s a literal black box. I see what they’re going for in their minimalism, but maybe they could do better than just a black box with four slightly different font-faces and sizes. Also, the lime border around the title just makes the wine taste even more like the color green.

Tastes Like

Grapefruit juice and the color green. I suppose if it has a body, it would be considered light-bodied.

If you like Sauvignon Blanc, this is safe for you. If you don’t like Sauvignon Blanc, this will not be the box that converts you to a believer.

Food Pairings

Whatever you normally pair with grapefruit juice. Maybe a nice citrus salad with a poppyseed dressing.

# of Ice Cubes Needed

0-4 cubes. More cubes = a less abrasive grapefruit taste.

Overall Value: B-

It’s drinkable and not the worst box of Sauvignon Blanc I’ve ever had — I don’t love it or hate it. It’s a decent value if you’re paying $15, but it’d hurt me to pay over $20.

As I said, if you like Sauvignon Blanc and aren’t too proud, you will be able to drink all three liters of this without issue.

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Friday 15th of September 2023

thanks, glad I found your site. From the photo it looks like it was the one with no vintage designation. For the last year or sold my local stores carried one with a 2021 vintage designation. I liked that one quite a bit, as you say for around $15 with promos, I thought it was a good deal.

My store switched to the ‘new’ ones with no year designation — I don’t think it’s as good overall. Seems duller without much distinctive SB intensity.

Rachel Johnson

Monday 18th of September 2023

Yeah, it might depend on the area you live in. I haven't revisited this one in a while, but I'll be sure to pay attention to vintages next time I'm getting a box. I could definitely see how a non-vintage box would change the taste (and not necessarily for the better...)!


Monday 1st of May 2023

Right on the money. I agree with you on most of these posts. Funny!!!

Rachel J

Monday 8th of May 2023

Thanks so much, Kit! Glad you enjoyed my nuanced, expert analysis 😂