Wine Awesomeness Subscription Review + 50% Off – June 2016
Wine Awesomeness is a monthly wine subscription that specializes in rare and unusual wines.
They seek out “the coolest, craveworthiest wines” and send “vino you don’t see everyday, but will want to drink everyday.”
Their curatorial team is led by a Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year!
Wine Awesomeness offers 3 different subscription options: all red, all white (with a chance of rosé or bubbly), or a mix (with a chance of rosé or bubbly).
You can skip a shipment, change your subscription preferences, or cancel your subscription from your online account.
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The Subscription Box: Wine Awesomeness
The Cost: $45 a month
COUPON: Use this link to get your first box for 50% off – (the box is free and shipping is $22.50).
The Products: Three bottles of wine “curated for adventurous souls.”
Ships to: US (Including states most other alcohol subscriptions don’t ship to, like PA and OK!)
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Each box comes with a booklet that provides information about the month’s featured wines, tasting notes for each bottle, and suggested recipe pairings.
This month’s theme is “Beach Box.”
In addition to the usual information Wine Awesomeness sends every month, this month’s publication included instructions for creating your very own DIY Rosé Water Gun. (Mind= blown!)
I also received a chocolate sample.
Proud Pour’s “The Oyster” is a wine with a mission. Centuries of over-harvesting and pollution have wiped out 85% of oyster reefs worldwide. (Wild oysters filter water and help protect against flooding, so their decimation has potentially drastic environmental consequences.) To help combat this problem, Proud Pour developed “The Oyster,” “a Sauvignon Blanc that restores 100 wild oysters per bottle. It also happens to be the perfect pair to your oyster or seafood plate.” This wine has floral notes and flavors of peach and nectarine. It’s not quite as crisp or acidic as I usually expect Sauvignon Blanc to be, but I still liked it. I mean, tasty wine that helps save the planet? What more could I ask for!
Riesling and I have a complicated relationship. I’ve had some incredible dry Rieslings before, but the sweet Rieslings available in my local grocery store are far too syrupy for my liking. Sometimes, I find that Reisling labels don’t clearly specify whether the wine is sweet or dry, so I generally tend to steer clear. Luckily, “Mosaik” is a dry Riesling! Hooray! On the nose, there are aromas of “fresh chopped ginger with the subtlest hint of wine flowers” and the flavors include “zesty key lime pie with just-underripe peaches.”
Wine Awesomeness allows you to select whether you’d like to receive all white wines, all red wines, or a blend of both. Since I tend to drink more white wine than red in the summertime, I opted for the all white box. The all-white box includes a chance of rosé or sparkling wine, and I’m really pleased to see a rose in this box! Rosé is a great summer wine, in my opinion, and I think it’s a perfect pick for this month’s “Beach Box” theme. This rosé hails from South Africa, and it’s a blend of 99% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. It has a high acidity, with nice mineralogy and red berry flavors.
Wine Awesomeness sends recipes to accompany each of their wines, and I loved the sound of the pairing suggestion for the Eikendal Cuvee Rosé 2014, Persian Cucumber Watermelon Salad.
Persian Cucumber Watermelon Salad is a combination of mint leaves, watermelon, and cucumber with a lime juice vinaigrette and a dash of rib rub for garnish. (Yes, you read that right. Rib rub.)
This salad was light and refreshing, and the sprinkle of rib rub added a really interesting depth of flavor. The salad was a little smoky (thanks to the rub), which was unexpected and surpyringing tasty. I served this as a side dish for grilled chicken, and the flavor of the rub helped this dish hold up well to the meat.
Verdict: I really enjoyed this box from Wine Awesomeness! I love that they seek out rare and unusual wines and that they include a good amount of information about them in the supplementary booklet. It’s also wonderful that they send out a recipe pairing for every bottle- that’s a big plus in my book. The per bottle cost breaks down to $15 per bottle, which is very reasonable, I think. (Wine Awesomeness actually guarantees that you won’t be able to recreate their boxes for less money. If you can, they’ll give you a free year of wine! See terms & conditions here.) This month’s picks were all wins for me. I loved the rosé, and I think it’s great that Wine Awesomeness decided to feature Proud Pour and aid in their mission to restore the nation’s oyster beds.
Are you interested in unique and unusual wines? Have you tried Wine Awesomeness?