Club W Wine Subscription Review + Coupon – June 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: Bottles start at $13 each. (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!
Last month, Club W emailed subscribers with the announcement that Club W is rebranding as Winc! According to their letter, subscribers will see the rebranding changes take place over the next few months. From the letter: “this change won’t happen overnight. For the next few months, it’ll be business as usual: you’ll still be able to choose your wines and manage your account at clubw.com. The first change you’ll notice is the new Winc-branded box your wines will arrive in.”
This month’s box did arrive in new Winc packaging; but no other noticeable changes have yet taken effect. Subscribers can still manage their wine selection and access their accounts through the Club W website.
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.
Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite summer wines. I think it’s so refreshing, and I love the crisp, citrus flavors. New Native is a classic California Sauvignon Blanc. It’s “weighty, smooth, and round, with notes of tropical fruit and white flowers.”
Club W calls Chop Shop “the mac and cheese of wines” because it pairs with a variety of food staples like pizza, burgers, and steak. This wine has nice red fruit flavors but is also a little earthy. It’s big and juicy, and I think it’s a great food wine.
Most of the wines available through Club W are $13 per bottle, but they also regularly release bottles with a higher price point. (I’ve seen some of their reds available for as much as $35.) It’s rare that I splurge on one of their more expensive bottles, but I absolutely could not resist the sound of this white blend. From Club W: “on the nose, you’ll smell banana and tropical fruit. The palate reveals more body and weight than you’d expect…, along with minerality and notes of stone fruit and lychee.” Doesn’t it sound incredible? Luckily, it tastes just as good as it sounds!
2015 Sauvetage Rosé– $13
Rosé is another of my summer wine staples. This one is from Provence, France and has fruity notes of “strawberry and grapefruit, as well as a juicy touch of salinity.” I tried last year’s Sauvetage release, and I loved it, so I jumped on the chance to pick up this year’s release, too. It’s perfect for a day at the beach, I think!
Club W sends recipe pairings for each bottle you order, and I’m always so excited to try them out! This month, I decided to make Chickpea Salad with Sumac-Yogurt Vinaigrette, the suggested pairing for the 2015 Greensmith White Blend.
The simple salad is a mix of chickpeas, red onion, celery, fresh mint and is dressed with a mix of lemon juice, greek yogurt, sumac powder, olive oil, and salt & pepper.
Sumac is a staple in my cooking (I think it’s so underutilized!), and I love how it adds a bright, lemony punch to dishes.
This salad was easy to make and really delicious. I’m going to tuck this recipe away for future use- I think it would be a great, unexpected addition to a potluck barbecue!
Verdict: This was a solid box from Club W! I liked all of my wines, and I loved the salad 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?