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Aldi’s 2020 Wine Advent Calendar Will Have You Happy Hour-Ready All Season Long

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The merriest season of the year might be the last thing on your mind in mid-September, but Aldi is giving you a reason to start counting down to the holidays by announcing the return of one of its most beloved holiday offerings. Fans might remember the grocery chain’s 2018 and 2019 Wine Advent Calendars flew off shelves just days after their release — and it’s safe to say this year’s iteration will be no different. Just like its predecessor, Aldi’s 2020 Wine Advent Calendar is a total steal with 24 unique bottles of vino for under $70.

Every year, Aldi gifts its customers Advent calendars featuring 24 days’ worth of booze, food, and more, and 2020 promises to up the ante with 20 different offerings, which will roll out from November to December. The 2020 Collection Wine Advent Calendar, which will make its way to Aldi locations on Wednesday, Nov. 4, once again promises to bring wine lovers a 24-count of 187-milliliter individual bottles containing unique wines. According to a picture of the description on the box, it includes a variety of whites, reds, rosés, and sparkling wines. But unlike last year’s calendar filled with libations from countries like South Africa and Australia, the 2020 version appears to be filled with sips sourced from California. I don’t think that little change should make these any less perfect for a holiday happy hour, though.

Each of the calendars will sell for $69.99, and Aldi will again set a limit of two Wine Advent Calendars per customer. On the plus side, it’s the perfect excuse to pick up one for yourself to enjoy during the holidays while saving the second for another lucky recipient.

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Once the calendars hit Aldi locations on Nov. 4, you will want to act fast. Wine lovers who tried the calendars before might remember that despite the two-person limit, they quickly disappeared once they were released. Like before, they won’t be restocked once they sell out.

November might be still a few months away, but you’ll want to set a reminder and remember to follow the coronavirus safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of Aug. 3 while doing your grocery shopping and avoid running unnecessary errands. While picking up your calendar, make sure to wear a face mask, stay at least six feet away from others as much as possible, and wash your hands after handling your new holiday package.

If you think you’re showing symptoms of coronavirus, which include fever, shortness of breath, and cough, call your doctor before going to get tested. If you’re anxious about the virus’s spread in your community, visit the CDC for up-to-date information and resources, or seek out mental health support. You can find all Elite Daily’s coverage of coronavirus here.

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SNEAK PEEK: Preview DC Comics’ The Flash #762

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The end is here in Flash #762 – the final issue of acclaimed writer JOSH WILLIAMSON’S record-shattering run! Along with artist HOWARD PORTER, colorist HI-FI, and letterer STEVE WANDS, they’re bringing all things to a dramatic head – and the Flash may never be the same! See how it all ends when this issue hits stores on Tuesday, September 22 – but to whet your appetite ’til then, here’s some HOT preview pages!

SNEAK PEEK: Preview DC Comics’ The Flash #762

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Emmys Twist: Zendaya Wins Best Lead Actress in a Drama for Euphoria

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Holy Emmy upset!

In a stunning twist, Zendaya won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series prize for her work in HBO’s teen drama Euphoria, besting perceived frontrunners Jennifer Aniston and Laura Linney.

In including Zendaya among TVLine’s Dream Emmy Nominees last June, we declared, “With her dispassionate voiceovers and heavy-lidded, moody expression, it might seem at first like Euphoria‘s Rue doesn’t care about anything. But throughout the HBO drama’s eight-episode run, Zendaya found subtle, heartbreaking ways to show us that her recovering drug addict cares about everything, particularly her relationship with best friend and crush Jules. Underneath that angsty-teen exterior was a young woman trying to grasp her own identity, and we watched in awe every week as Zendaya presented new layers of Rue’s heartache and uncertainty.”

View the complete Emmy winners list here.


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The last words of every fallen Star Wars villain

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Can you think of a movie character who has permeated the culture so much that the literal sound of their breathing is iconic? Darth Vader — or Anakin Skywalker, depending on your entry point in the franchise — is as distinctive a villain as any of pop culture’s sundry bad guys. From the “Imperial March” that introduces him, to the plot twist heard round the world that defined him, to the prequel films that attempted — in vain — to provide him an origin story, it’s hard to top the villainous treachery of Lord Vader himself.

At the climax of Return of the Jedi, after Vader has thrown Emperor Palpatine down a chute to his untimely, fiery demise (temporarily, at least), the Sith Lord has succumbed to the effects of the Emperor’s force lightning and is nearing his final breath. Luke carries him out of the Emperor’s chamber in an attempt to rescue him, but Vader knows his end is nigh. He asks Luke to remove his helmet so he can look at his son with his own eyes. We are shown the true form of Anakin Skywalker: a sad, frail old man, concealed under a façade of cruelty and evil – also, life-support armor. Anakin is content knowing that he is done for, but Luke insists that he needs to save his father, newly redeemed. Anakin, resolute, responds:

“You already have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister, you were right.”

Anakin, now free from the imposing mask of Darth Vader, has come to terms with the evil he has perpetrated, and has no one but Luke to thank for his redemption from the Dark Side. A noble exit for this icon of Star Wars lore.

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