Club W Wine Subscription Review + Coupon – July 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!
Two months ago, 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 arrived 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.
Grenache Blanc is a Rhone variety that’s most often used in blends; however, this wine proves that it’s perfectly capable to standing alone. I like the minerality and aromatics of this bottle, and I think it has a nice balance of smoothness and acidity.
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 one is from Paso Robles, and it has some really nice tropical flavors.
I picked two different red blends for my shipment this month, and the first one is a blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Merlot, and Malbec, all grown in Paso Robles, California. Club W’s head winemaker blended the wine himself, and it has flavors of “blackcurrant, redcurrant, cherry, violet, and nutmeg.”
How could I possibly resist something that combines wine and crosswords puzzles!? They’re two of my all-time favorite things! This wine is a blend of Malbec, Petite Sirah, and Sirah, and the label features a wine-themed crossword puzzle by David Kwong, a New York Times crossword contributor.
For any fellow crossword lovers out there, the full puzzle is available here.
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 Beef Meatballs with Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce, the suggested pairing for the 2015 Wordsmith Red Blend.
I’ve been on the hunt for an amazing meatball recipe, and this one looked incredible!
The garlicky sauce contained 12 whole cloves of roasted garlic, and it was packed full of flavor and really delicious. (Perhaps, though, it’s not a great recipe to try make on a first date!)
I topped the meatballs with parmesan and fresh basil and served them with a big salad, but I also think they’d be great over pasta.
Verdict: This was a solid box from Club W! I liked all of my wines, and the meatballs were delicious. 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?