A standard wine bottle holds 750 milliliters of wine and generates about 5.2 pounds of carbon-dioxide emissions when it travels from a vineyard in California to a store in New York. A 3-liter box generates about half the emissions per 750 milliliters. Switching to wine in a box for the 97 percent of wines that are made to be consumed within a year would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about two million tons, or the equivalent of retiring 400,000 cars.
This is from an interesting op-ed piece entitled “Drink Outside the Box” by Dr. Vino himself, Tyler Colman, in today’s NYTimes. Any of the top Cali producers headed this way however? Probably not, but an interesting perspective all the same. Perhaps this just means that east coast producers need to step it up a notch to save on greenhouse emissions.