Grape Crate

Grape Crate Grape Crate is a curated, educational wine experience. Wine tastes better when you know what you're drinking!

Grape Crate is a curated, educational wine box delivered to your door. We offer fantastic wines at under-retail prices, plus a little bit of guidance to help you understand what you're drinking and why. Most wine clubs are lame. They send you binders. Then they send you notecards they want you to put in the binders. And weird vials of stuff they want you to smell. And a notebook for all those important wine notes you take. We do not do these things. Instead, we provide three tiers of self-service wine education. The Icons: When you open the box, a 4-by-3 grid is revealed on the underside of the lid, kinda like a box of chocolates. Inside each of the 12 cells of the grid, there are four icons. Each group of four icons explains a wine – it could be a steak, a cherry, a weightlifter and a old man. Then you know the wine is good with steak, strong, tastes like cherries and is old. You are learning without even reading! The Label: We apply a secondary label on the back of each bottle with a 3- or 4-sentence, plain-English description of the wine. Very digestible, very useful, not flowery at all. You are learning in a totally painless and contained way. The Website: Website allows people to rate wine, comment on wine, learn way more about the wine and order more wine… and other stuff, too, but we don’t have to dive into that yet. You can learn as much as you could possibly want from the website! In addition to teaching you about wine, we also figure out what wines you like, tell you how to describe them, and then send you more of them. Yup. We are a learning computer. The customization begins when you take 15 seconds to rate a wine on your smartphone app. After you rate all twelve wines, Grape Crate sends a customized, emailed report that says “You liked these characteristics in wines, and you generally preferred these style of wines,” and gives a few specific wine suggestions. Every quarter, that report gets more detailed, with better data. Then, when you walk into a wine shop, you can confidently say “I like wines from this grape and this region, and I like wines that taste like this, this and this.” Oh, and the next box we ship to you will be customized based on the information we collected on your preferences! Go to Grapecrate.com and get yourself a Crate!

Mission: Deliver great wine, then help people understand and enjoy it.

First round of shipments getting picked up by UPS tomorrow AM but we've got a lot more boxes to pack.. and two days left...
05/06/2013

First round of shipments getting picked up by UPS tomorrow AM but we've got a lot more boxes to pack.. and two days left to order one of our Spring Crates!

They're auctioning off a Crate tonight at the Heart's Delight Wine Auction tonight! Someone is getting their Crate a few...
05/04/2013

They're auctioning off a Crate tonight at the Heart's Delight Wine Auction tonight! Someone is getting their Crate a few days early...

05/02/2013

Whew! The last blind tasting is complete and the wines have been selected. What a great collection of Spring wines we've got -- some light-bodied reds that still pack a punch and crisp whites just perfect for drinking in the sun. We start boxing up and shipping on Monday, but sales will run through Wednesday. If you're thirsty, snag a Grape Crate!

Big news Grape Crate Fans -- We've gone National! We're shipping to 44 States and (of course) continuing to serve our lo...
04/18/2013
Grape Crate Has Gone National and We Probably Ship To You!

Big news Grape Crate Fans -- We've gone National! We're shipping to 44 States and (of course) continuing to serve our loyal customers in DC!

Sales for our Spring Crates close May 3, and we begin shipping them out on May 6.

Check the blog post below for all the details, or just throw an order in at www.grapecrate.com/orders!

Out of Wine? Don’t panic — we’ve got you covered in 44 states and the District of Columbia! After the success of our Beta Launch in December, Grape Crate is back! Orders for our next Crates close May...

We've made the last delivery and there are just a few stragglers picking up their Crates tomorrow morning. The warehouse...
12/21/2012

We've made the last delivery and there are just a few stragglers picking up their Crates tomorrow morning. The warehouse is empty and there are no Crates left to pack. Is it time to pop this bottle of Vintage Champagne? Yes. Yes, it is. Here's to many more seasons of Grape Crate! Happy Holidays Grape Crate fans!

The Crates Are Packed! Packing Day for Grape Crate never would have happened without Aaron, Neville and Cristina. Thanks...
12/17/2012

The Crates Are Packed! Packing Day for Grape Crate never would have happened without Aaron, Neville and Cristina. Thanks again, and I hope you love the wines!

...and we're live on air with Carla Hall and Grape Crate wines!
12/16/2012

...and we're live on air with Carla Hall and Grape Crate wines!

Turns out that a liberal arts education covers box-making! One down, waaaay too many to go.
12/14/2012

Turns out that a liberal arts education covers box-making! One down, waaaay too many to go.

9 pallets of packaging material just got dropped at the warehouse... this is gonna be intense!
12/14/2012

9 pallets of packaging material just got dropped at the warehouse... this is gonna be intense!

Coolest thing about ordering 500 wine totes from Uline is obviously the free CD I received for spending more than $150. ...
12/13/2012

Coolest thing about ordering 500 wine totes from Uline is obviously the free CD I received for spending more than $150. If you're in the market for bulk paper products AND awesome seasonal music, check 'em out. Also, we're down to 14 Crates left! Now back to putting stickers on tote bags...

After one final tasting (at 10 AM!), the last of our wines have been selected. Look for a full listing today or tomorrow...
12/12/2012

After one final tasting (at 10 AM!), the last of our wines have been selected. Look for a full listing today or tomorrow, but for now get excited for a second great Prosecco for the NYE box and a really wonderful Fleurie in the Grape Crate! That's a fantastic 2009 Beaujolais Cru that will make you realize why Beajoulais Nouveau takes six weeks to make and only costs $10... We've only got about 25 cases left to sell, so pick one up soon if you're on the fence.

We've already done record volume today, but this 21st Amendment Celebration lasts another 6 hours! Just head to Grapecra...
12/05/2012

We've already done record volume today, but this 21st Amendment Celebration lasts another 6 hours! Just head to Grapecrate.com and write "Repeal Day Facebook" in the "How'd you find out about us" field to get a free bottle of Port with your Crate! Oh, and if you want to know what a real-live Grape Crate looks like, check it out!

Today is Repeal Day, and in honor of one of our country's best decisions, Grape Crate is having a sale! Get a FREE BOTTL...
12/05/2012

Today is Repeal Day, and in honor of one of our country's best decisions, Grape Crate is having a sale! Get a FREE BOTTLE OF PORT with the purchase of just one Crate! All you need to do is say "Facebook Repeal Day" in the "How you found out about us" field. Happy Repeal Day! https://grapecrate.com/launch.php

11/30/2012

After a whirlwind of a week, Grape Crate has decamped for Happy Hour. Come say hi!

More coverage for Grape Crate! If you're interested in the nuts-and-bolts of what you get with your Crate, this is a goo...
11/30/2012
Grape Crate | EatMore DrinkMore

More coverage for Grape Crate! If you're interested in the nuts-and-bolts of what you get with your Crate, this is a good read from a great DC food and drink blog: http://eatmoredrinkmore.com/2012/11/29/grape-crate/

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11/15/2012

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