Club W Wine Subscription Review + Coupon – March 2016
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.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Club W
The Cost: 3 bottles per month start at $39 + $6 flat rate shipping. (Shipping is free on orders of 4 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.
A couple of months ago, Club W released an entire line of WKND sparkling wines that are perfect for brunch and weekend drinking. Each WKND sparkling wine is made from a different grape (there’s a Riesling, a Chenin Blanc, and a white blend), so they’re all a little different. Club W describes the 2015 WKND Sparkling Chenin Blanc as “fun & festive,” with aromas of “green apple, white flowers, white peach, [and] wet stone.”
2015 Funk Zone Rosé– $13
Club W’s Funk Zone label is the result of a collaboration with street artist Kelcey Fischer (aka KFiSH). This is the third wine to be released under the Funk Zone label, and I just love the label art. I mean, does this bottle not scream summertime? The wine itself is made with 72% Grenache and 28% Syrah from Santa Barbara. It has a “generous, expressive palate” and exhibits “aromas of citrus peel, strawberry, and cranberry.” I love rosé, and I completely approve of Club W’s early release of this wine. Why wait till summer to drink rosé, if the weather is beautiful now?
I received a bottle of Cowtown (Cabernet Sauvignon, I believe), in my first ever box from Club W, and it was fantastic. Ever since, I’ve always made a point to snapping up any bottles that are released under the Cowtown label. This one is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and has “aromas of cedar and cinnamon” and tastes “kind of like a chocolate covered cherry.” Wine that tastes like dessert? Yes, please!
Torrontés has recently become one of my go-to wines. I tried a bottle thanks to the recommendation of a friend, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. As a Sauvignon Blanc drinker, I really like the dry, crip quality of Torrontés. It’s usually a little fruitier than Sauvignon Blanc, though, which is a nice departure. I hope to see Club W feature more Argentine wines; I’m a fan of this one.
Black Pepper Shrimp with Chorizo
Club W always includes recipes to pair with their wines, and I think this is such a fun aspect of the subscription! For this month’s review, I decided to make Black Pepper Shrimp with Chorizo, the recipe pairing for the 2015 Funk Zone Rosé.
I tossed shrimp with olive oil, lime juice, black pepper, salt, and coriander and let it sit for about 5 minutes while I heated up a wok.
I cooked the shrimp over fairly high heat for about 3-4 minutes and grilled the sausage for about a minute per side. (I substituted a spicy Italian sausage for chorizo.)
When everything was ready, I served the shrimp alongside crusty bread and a large salad of arugula, lemon, pine nuts, and parmesan. The spiciness of the chorizo and black pepper paired really well with the rosé. This dish was delicious, and I love how quickly it came together!
Verdict: I greatly enjoyed this box from Club W! The wines were fun and tasty, and I enjoyed the Black Pepper Shrimp recipe. If you like trying new small-production wines that you can’t find in the grocery store, I definitely recommend checking out Club W!
What do you think of Club W?