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Ilustration by Andrew Saeger, tHE ARTdept.
Hey fellow lushes! Do you ever get fed up paying 10 bucks and up for a glass of wine?

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Hey Restaurants! Be Like Shultzy's And Embrace Wine In A Box, Huh?

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Ilustration by Andrew Saeger, tHE ARTdept.
Hey fellow lushes! Do you ever get fed up paying 10 bucks and up for a glass of wine?

I think it's high time restaurants and bars and cafes and cute little bistros start offering an affordable alternative. Let me climb up on my soapbox to sound the battle cry. Oh, and by box, I mean a box of wine.

That's right. The time is ripe for list-makers to be open to pouring box wine. After all, loads of restaurants serve cheap-ass beer, making cans of PBR and Vitamin R seem downright cool. So, why not embrace wine in a box as the Hamm's of the glass pour?

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Here's a box wine that doesn't suck. How about adding it to some restaurant lists?
Sure, there's the entrenched attitude that a legit wine has got to be in a bottle plugged by a cork. But, guess what? The wine that goes into boxes has improved a helluva lot since it was all about crap with names like Mountain Burgundy and Summer Chablis.

I was recently at a party where a wine called Seven sat on the kitchen counter, guests were invited to grab a glass and help themselves. It was pretty damn tasty, the number standing for the different grape varietals in this blend from Spain including Tempranillo, which is damn fun to say. I liked it so much it sent me on this journey, wandering around Seattle, looking for restaurants that served wine in a box.

When I heard the fantastically awesome pasta pop-up Il Corvo was charging $4.09 for its glass pours, I thought I had hit the fermented juice box jackpot. But no, chef Mike Easton just offers a good deal. (Thanks for that, by the way.)

Finally, after trolling for tips on Twitter and Facebook, I found a restaurant with box wine. Though I don't know why you'd ever order wine at Shultzy's with the spectacular beer selection they've got on tap and in bottles. Turns out they even sell more hard cider than wine at Shultzy's.

But they pour wine in a box for $5 a glass, sometimes knocking a buck off the price as a special. You bet The Wino would gleefully guzzle a glass of organic red from Badger Mountain alongside a Shultzy's Ragin' Cajun sausage burger. Or how about pouring me a Black Box Riesling with those bangers and mash?

Mark my words, eating establishments are gonna eventually come around on box wine. If for no better reason than the better breed of box wine is also better for Mother Earth, producing less trash for landfills. Hey, I'll drink to that!

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