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The Wine Crate Challenge is More Our Speed

If you’re internet-obsessed like us, you probably caught wind of the wildly entertaining but harmfully idiotic Milk Crate Challenge this week.

The new viral challenge consists of stacking up plastic milk crates like a pyramid and walking up one side and down the other. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. Many clips on social media show people falling (painfully) as they attempt to get to the other side .

Celebrities have commented on the stupidity. So too has the FDA. And pretty much every doctor begging people to stop. Don't get us wrong, we love a viral internet phenomenon. But usually we opt for worthy causes (ice bucket challenge) or pure elated fun (harlem shake). So while the internet does its thing, we decided to do our own. Enter the Wine Crate Challenge. No climbing or balancing required.

This week, our team shares some of their favorite staples that we buy by the case, crate, pallet, what have you. Basically, wines that you buy in bulk. Affordable gems (<$25) that you gotta have on hand for pesky weeknights. Here are 7 Wines to Purchase by the Crate.

WHAT WE'RE DRINKING
 01   2020 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina
Hondarribi Zuri from Txakolina, Spain 🇪🇸
$23.00

Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina is the summertime staple that needs to be in the cart at all times. It's perfect for any occasion—entertaining guests, popping after a long day of work, even makes a great little spritz by the pool. It's a bit salty with a refreshing tingly effervescence and mouthwatering acidity that races past pungent grapefruit and tart green apples. Buying only one is just plain silly.   7.8 



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 02   2018 Familia Torres Celeste Crianza
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain 🇪🇸
$21.99

This classic Crianza of Tempranillo is brimming with both fresh and dried dark red fruits, espresso, and an abundance of flavor beyond its peers. It’s one we keep buying by the half case and it’s a fab value. A reliable “Tuesday-night” pull with burgers, frozen pizza, or a half box of rigatoni with a cheesy tomato sauce. In other words, Celeste is like a good hug after a stressful day—which is sometimes all we need.   7.9 



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 03   2020 La Colombe Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé
Rosé from Provence, France 🇫🇷
$13.99

Pale salmon with orange highlights, this zippy and tart Rosé fumes with cantaloupe and watermelon paint strokes plus an intoxicating hit of spicy pepper. Juicy medium body with a clean smooth ride and some sharp fruity melon edges, this is good cheap shit that should be bought by the caseload for some late summer fun.   7.9 



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 04   2019 Château d'Oupia Les Hérétiques Pays d'Hérault
Carignan from Languedoc-Roussillon, France 🇫🇷
$10.95

This is a drink-on-your-couch-in-your-comfy-clothes wine. An impress-your-hinge-date-with-a-homemade-dinner wine. A friends-just-popped-in-and-I-want-to-serve-something-good-but-not-expensive wine. The list goes on. Les Hérétiques reveals a juicy, medium body with the perfect balance of crisp acidity & fine tannins. Fresh blackberry & black cherry are complemented by herbs de provence, green pepper, leather and earth. A rare wine that's chuggable & easy drinking, while also being complex. At this basement price? Take the crate.   8.0 



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 05   2019 Lieu Dit Melon
Muscadet from Santa Maria Valley, CA 🇺🇸
$19.95

Instantly herbaceous with fresh bakery dough, herb spice, and notable melon aromas, this homage to the Loire valley’s prideful white wine grape (aka Melon de Bourgogne or Muscadet) is ripe, juicy, and downright delicious. The body has some feel to it, round and lightly textured, but it’s the alternating sweet and salty flow of cantaloupe, granny smith apples and crispy pears, coupled with a faint but distinct Tajin chili salt that spruces it up. Outrageously crushable.   8.2 



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 06   2018 Domaine Diochon Moulin-á-Vent Vieilles Vignes
Beaujolais from Moulin-a-Vent, France 🇫🇷
$23.99

All of those tarry, earthy, underbrush notes flow out of the gate, as if you’re raking leaves, planting fresh dirt in the yard, and paving your driveway all at once. It’s further enhanced with interlocking aromatics of sweet vermouth and dash of bitters like a signature Manhattan. There’s some dark hedonism in here for sure with juicy black cherries, woodsy edges, a dusting of spice, and building tannins that go vertical in your mouth. It’s round, fruity, delectable and elevated. This is awesome sauce for the price. Should've bought more.   8.3 



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 07   2018 Marcelo Pelleriti Signature Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc from Uco Valley, Argentina 🇦🇷
$19.99

Full-bodied, mouth-coating and with some interestingly rich opulence, this Argentinian Cab Franc has some subtle charcuterie aromatics followed by bountiful dark fruits and hints of chocolate sprinkles. Ultra silky and ultra fine grained, but with great structure, I’m falling deep into the cascade of flavors. The longer it breaths, the more revealing it becomes with crushed flowers, crushed rocks, and crushed blackberries. Big, bold, luscious, and ripe with liquid silk dark berries, and a spry, lifted ending. Absolutely immersed. Ugly delicious.   8.4 



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WHAT WE'RE READING

WALL STREET JOURNAL
THE BEST WINERY T-SHIRTS SAY MORE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK

 


HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
NINA DOBREV AND JULIANNE HOUGH'S FRESH VINE WINE TO BE SERVED AT SOFI STADIUM

 


THE CONVERSATION
WILL THE WORLD EVER ACCEPT NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE?

 


BLOOMBERG
RACING CARS ARE ABOUT TO START RUNNING ON WINE DREG

 


SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE
BYZANTINE-ERA WINE PRESS, GOLD COIN FOUND NEAR TEL AVIV

THIS WEEK'S CONTRIBUTORS
  
Madison Varunok  |  Michael Smith  |  Kristy Wenz
IF YOU DON'T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW


According to the very reliable Costco Wine Blog, the wooden boxes or shipping crates that feature wines on the floor are actually available to customers for free. To be clear, this refers to the wines that are actually packed, shipped, stocked, and displayed for sale in their native wood casings. Not the built-in displays that adorn their entire wine aisle. Good luck getting those out.
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