Club W Wine Subscription Review + Coupon – May 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
Keep Track of your subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
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.
This is a French-style Sauvignon Blanc (think Sancerre) with lots of “minerality, limestone, green apple, grass, cucumber, [and] green bell pepper.” Now that spring is here, I’m craving whites and rosés almost exclusively, so I decided to focus on those in this month’s Club W box.
White Zinfandel is NOT typically one of my go-to wines, but I’ve ordered this one a few times from Club W, and I really love it. Unlike the sweet and syrupy white zinfandels you often find in the grocery store, this one is crisp and lean with just a touch of sweetness.
This white blend from Wonderful Wine Co. has a beautiful, fruity aroma with notes of lychee and honeysuckle. Club W suggests drinking this wine while lounging by the pool or relaxing on the patio, and I definitely think it’s a good wine to enjoy outside on a warm day.
Verdelho is a Portugese grape that’s best known for its use in Madeira. Though a European variety, the Verdelho for this 2015 Forma de Vida was grown in Lodi, California. The grapes produce a “light, clean, crisp white with notes of green melon and stone fruit, as well as a juicy brightness that lifts the palate and a mouthwatering salinity.”
This aromatic Riesling has a touch of sweetness that makes it a great partner for spicy foods and Southeastern Asian flavors.
I’m a big fan of rosé, so I couldn’t resist trying this collaboration between Club W and Yes Way Rosé!
It sold out on the Club W site really quickly, but according to the Summer Water Website, you can also pick up a bottle at a number of Whole Foods Stores around the country.
Instead of the wine card that usually accompanies wine from Club W, the Summer Water Rosé came with a fold-out sheet.
The sheet provides information about the wine, and it includes a recipe for a rosé-based cocktail.
The inside of the fold-out sheet is a Summer Water poster.
I loved the sound of the cocktail recipe provided in the leaflet, the Yes Way Negroné (a twist on the Negroni), so I decided to make one! Thanks to my subscription to Bitters + Bottles, I had everything I needed to make the drink, though I’m not sure how many people keep Cocchi Americano stocked in their liquor cabinets. (As an FYI- I believe Lillet Blanc can be used as a substitute.)
The finished cocktail was really delicious, but I liked the wine on its own a lot, too.
Earlier this month, Club W subscribers received an email with a big announcement: Club W is rebranding as Winc! According to their letter, subscribers will see the rebranding changes take place over the next few months. In the meantime, things will operate just as they always have. I think this is an interesting and potentially exciting move for Club W, and I look forward to seeing how things change in the coming months!
Verdict: This was a great box from Club W! The wines were fun and tasty, and the wine-based cocktail was a lot of fun to make. 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?