Black Box Sauvignon Blanc

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Thinking Inside the Box
Wine in a box used to be the equivalent of a ham in a can: best avoided outside of a fallout shelter. But a new wave of premium-quality boxed wines is earning praise from oenophiles, who also love the cool, eco-friendly packaging and long shelf life. O asked Tyler Colman, author of A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season, for his recommendations.

For a Weeknight Supper

Black Box Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand, $25 for three liters)

"It's the one you want to drink on the deck, when it's hot hot hot outside," Colman says of this bright, citrusy treat. Serve with grilled seafood.

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Yellow+Blue Rose

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For a Sunday Brunch
Yellow+Blue Rosé (Spain, $12 for one liter)

"You'll love the summery hints of strawberry in this organic vintage." Colman proposes a niçoise salad as a breezy lunch match.

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From the Tank Vin Rouge

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For a Backyard Cookout
From The Tank Vin Rouge: Côtes du Rhône (France, $40 for three liters)

This deep, dark red is produced by a cooperative of family-owned French vineyards. "I'd be very happy to serve this with grilled meats and burgers at my barbecue this summer," Colman says.

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Bandit Chardonnay

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For a Picnic on the Beach
Bandit Chardonnay (CALIFORNIA, $9 FOR ONE LITER)

Pack this low-key wine for an outdoor meal or a weekday aperitif. It's oaky, smooth—and delicious with crab cakes, says Colman.

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For bottled wines at boxed prices, see 15 Terrific Wines $15 and Under

Plus: Learn how to buy wine for a party