Many of you do not know who Thomas Angove is. Was. Hell, I didn’t know until @beth910 tweeted it. Thomas Angove, one of the greatest minds to ever brandish a wine glass, has passed away.
Mr. Angove invented the box of wine. Some might sniff and say, “So what?”. In the scope of things that have been invented, does boxed wine really stand up to say, the artificial heart? The gas-combustion motor? Antibiotics?
I say yes, yes it does. It revolutionized wine in the same way Internet revolutionized porn. It took something that already existed, and it made it better, cheaper, and more accessible. It changed the wine industry forever, and it continues to change it as more and more people (me and the Bitches) become boxed wine advocates (drunks).
I ask all of my wine-swigging readers to lift a glass in memory of the man, the myth, the brave Aussie who dared to have a dream. And a box. And a plastic bag. And also a spout.
Sidenote – The man lived to be 92 years old. If THAT’S not a ringing endorsement for the vital importance of wine as part of a healthy diet, well then I just don’t know what is.