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If you thought wine in a box was bad, you might not want to read this

August 7, 2009 | 11:37 am

Plastic How about a bottle of the '02 Chateau Plastique?

The ubiquitous 750-milliliter glass wine bottle is starting to get competition from a plastic upstart, both on retail shelves and at a few restaurants.

The bottles carry a "use by" date -- plastic doesn't provide quite the same seal as glass -- and as such aren't likely to find their way into the cellars of serious wine enthusiasts.

For those who aren't as picky, however, the wine is likely to cost less. And oenophiles say that for wine that hasn't, err, expired, the taste will be the same.

"The wine doesn't know what package it is in," said W. R. Tish, a wine educator who writes a blog called Wineskewer. "It tastes the same whether it is in a plastic bottle, a plastic bladder inside a box, or a glass."

Read the rest of the story by L.A .Times Business writer Jerry Hirsch.


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Photo: Joyce Dance performs quality control on an assembly line of plastic wine bottles in Burlingame, Calif. Photo credit: Dave Getzschman / For the Times