Hot or Not? Wine "Juice Boxes" for Grown-Ups?

In Mary's post on American wines for the 4th of July, we honed in on her reference to Three Thieves Bandit's wine packaged in juice box containers. We can't decide whether this is a fun way to enjoy wine outside or if it crosses the line.What do you think?

On the one hand, most public parks have rules about open containers, and these juice boxes neatly side-step the issue. Plus, a few juice boxes are much easier to pack into a picnic basket than a full bottle of wine and glasses.

But then again, we feel like there's something a little irreverent about sipping wine through a straw.

A big part of what we love about wine is the experience of drinking it, after all--holding the glass in our hand, hearing the wine glug from the bottle, breathing in its aroma as we take a sip. We would lose this with a juice box.

We've spotted these at Best Cellars and a few other smaller wine stores, but have yet to actually give it a go.

Has anyone tried these? What do you think?

Related: Chicago Picnic Menu: Death Cab for Cutie at Millennium Park

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