Beyond the Box

Grateful Red weans customers off the bottle

Arlington's Screwtop Wine Bar has an outdoorsy little sister.

The new Grateful Red wineshop in Clarendon features wine from small-scale producers, with owner Wendy Buckley planning to round out her selection at 250 wines by fall.

Buckley looks for eco- and activity-friendly wines not sold in glass bottles. Here are a few of her favorites:

Volère ($23 for 1,500 ml): Italy's Cantina di Soave sells three varietals in boxes meant to be carried like purses. The container works like a canteen: To pour it, grab the handle and turn the side spout.

Clif Climber ($19 for 1,500 ml): It makes sense that the company behind Clif Bars would create a hike-ready wine. The Clif Family Winery fills soft 1½-liter pouches with two varietals of its California wines: apple-rich unoaked Chardonnay, and jammy, light Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Flasq ($6 for 375 ml): This California company lightens its half-bottles by building them with sturdy aluminum. Try peppery Merlot, or Chardonnay that is bright with tropical pineapple notes. Each bottle holds two full glasses, with a mouth wide enough for easy sipping, should you choose not to share.

Grateful Red Wine Shop, 2727 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-812-0906 or gratefulredwine.com