Club W Wine Subscription Review & Coupon – August 2015
Club W is a wine subscription box that re-imagines the traditional wine club. They offer a regularly changing selection of unique, small production wines that are sourced directly from vineyards and winemakers.
When you sign up to join Club W, you take a short, fun “palate profile” quiz that helps determine your taste in wine. Based on your answers, Club W makes bottle recommendations for you every month. You can go along with their recommendations or choose your own bottles from their regularly changing selection.
If you don’t login to make your monthly bottle selection, your recommended wines will be sent by default. You can skip a month at any time.
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The Subscription Box: Club W
The Cost: 3 bottles per month start at $39 + $6 flat rate shipping. (Shipping is free on orders of 6 or more bottles.)
COUPON: 50% off your first 3 bottles, no coupon required, just use this link.
The Products: Small-lot wines sourced directly from vineyards and wine makers.
Ships to: All US states EXCEPT: AK, AL, AR, DE, HI, KY, MS, OK, PA, RI, DS, and UT
Club W includes a tasting card for each of the wines in your shipment. Each card includes a description of the wine, tasting notes, and information about the flavor profile.
Printed on the back of each tasting card is a suggested recipe pairing.
Since the weather has been so hot lately, I haven’t been drinking much red wine. So, for this month’s box from Club W, I decided to go exclusively with whites and rosés.
The 2014 Casa de Lila is a Spanish Rosado made from Tempranillo grapes. It has a sweet aroma of “strawberry, white cherry, [and] lollipops,” but is much more reserved on the palate. Unlike its sweet, fruity aroma, there’s “a touch of saltiness on the palate and a refreshing citrus finish.” I think this is a smooth, easy drinking wine that would be great to drink outside!
Most of the wines available through Club W are $13, but they also offer a few bottles that are a little more expensive. These bottles currently range in price from $16- $25, and the Oh Snap! Sparkling Chenin Blanc is available for $16. This is the first sparkling wine from Club W, and I’m a sucker for bubbles, so I had to try it! It reminds me of Prosécco and has a nice balance of sweet and tart. The recommended recipe pairing is Cheddar Jalapeno Green Onion Doughnuts, which sounds amazing. If I hadn’t made chocolate doughnuts for Club W last month, I’d be all over these!
I love drinking rosé in the summertime, and I couldn’t resist trying Club W’s Sauvetage Rosé, which is made in Provence from Cinsault and Grenache grapes. On the nose, there are aromas of “cotton candy, strawberry, [and] melon,” but the flavor is “light, pure, and delicate.” I found this wine to be very dry, which I like. It was crisp and refreshing.
2014 Cocomero Rosato– $13
Sauvignon Blanc is one of my go-to wines- probably the type of wine I drink most frequently. I love its crisp, citrusy notes and clean, refreshing taste. This Sauvignon Blanc, however, is quite a bit different than the bottles I’m used to. It’s been aged in oak, which adds a smoky earthiness. I imagine this is a Sauvignon Blanc with crossover appeal; I think Chardonnay drinkers would probably love it.
Club W’s 2014 Cocomero Rosato comes from Tuscany. (This month, I’m taking a rosé tour of Europe!) This wine “smells of watermelon and white nectarine, with white flowers imparting a blooming, heady aroma.” I think this is a delicious rosé- flavorful and easy to drink. Plus, the label is so darn cute.
Verdelho isn’t commonly found in the US, but, according to Club W, it’s pretty popular in Australia. Wines made from Verdelho are marked by their clean, fresh, and juicy flavors, and they pair very well with seafood. I’m a big fan of this wine, and it’s probably one of my favorite discoveries in the box. I’ll be keeping an eye out for Verdelho from now on!
Each month, I look forward to trying at least one of the Club W recipe pairings. This month, two of the recipes looked too good to pass up!
Recipe #1- Shrimp Lobster Rolls
Recipes from “The Kitchy Kitchen” are featured regularly in Club W, and I’ve had great luck with them. This month, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make this twist on lobster rolls!
The recipe was very easy to make. (I even cheated a little by buying pre-cooked shrimp and brioche hot dog buns.)
I dried out the shrimp, chopped it up, and mixed it with mayonnaise, Worchester, and seasoning.
Once the shrimp salad was prepared, I buttered the sides of my brioche buns and toasted them in a hot pan. I let them cool for a bit and then filled them with the shrimp mixture, topped them with chopped chives, and stuck in a few kettle chips.
This was a great, quick dinner. I’ll be honest- I prefer rolls made with real lobster, but this shrimp version was a tasty (and cheaper) alternative.
Recipe #2- Drunken Watermelon Popsicles
As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make it! Rosé-soaked watermelon popsicles? How have I lived so long without these in my life?
I began by chopping up my watermelon. The recipe called for an entire melon’s worth of popsicles, but I only used about 1/5.
I cut the melon into triangular slices, stabbed each rind with a kebab skewer, and soaked them in Cocomero rosé for about 10 minutes.
After they had a chance to soak up the wine, I arranged the melon on a baking tray and transferred it to the freezer.
Once they were frozen, I was excited to dig in! The melon and wine paired together beautifully, and the frozen pops were delicious and refreshing. This is definitely a recipe I’ll be filing away to use again soon.
Never one to waste wine, I transferred the rosé I’d used to soak the melon into a pitcher and added chunks of watermelon and a little mint. The infused rosé was really yummy- juicy and a little sweet.
Verdict: This box from Club W might be my favorite one yet! I love that I was able to select a box full of summery whites and rosés, and I liked all of the bottles included in the box. I had great luck with this month’s recipes, too, and I had a lot of fun making (and eating) the Drunken Watermelon Popsicles.
Do you subscribe to Club W? Which bottles did you pick this month?