Vinebox Wine Subscription Review + Coupon – June 2016
Every month, VineBox curates and delivers “3 spectacular wines in perfectly measured pours straight to your door.”
Wines are handpicked by VineBox’s sommeliers from boutique wineries across Europe.
The wines are transferred into VineBox’s signature glass vials using proprietary technology that preserves the integrity of the wine.
Each box contains three vials, and each vial contains 10 centiliters of wine. (FYI- 10 centiliters = 3.38 oz) The design on each vial maintains the vineyard’s original bottle design.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: VineBox
The Cost: $35 per month (less with longer subscription commitments) + shipping & tax
COUPON: Use code WINEBETTER7 to save $10 off your first box!
The Products: Three single-servings of wine.
Ships to: All US states except Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont.
My VineBox arrived with a very sleek black envelope.
Inside, I found info cards for each of the wines in my shipment and a welcome letter.
Chateau du Taillan “La Dame Blanche”– $25 per bottle
VineBox sources wines from boutique European wineries, and I was really excited to see that all of this month’s wines are French! The first is a Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux. (A rare find!)
The texture is “creamy and round,” which is definitely a departure from the crisp acidity I usually associate with Sauvignon Blanc. Flavor-wise, La Dame Blanche is very fruity with lot of citrus flavors. I loved this wine, and I’m tempted to get another bottle (or 6).
Castelmaure “Cuvée n°3”– $40 per bottle
My brother was visiting when I received this box, and he was kind enough to help me taste test the wines. We both LOVED the aroma of this wine, and agreed that it smelled just like blueberry pie or cobbler.
While the aroma was very sweet and fruity, the flavor was far more restrained. With lots of tannins and spice, it wasn’t nearly as fruity as the smell led us to believe. Still, it was delicious. (And we couldn’t stop sniffing it!) This was my brother’s favorite wine of the bunch.
Château Suau– $35 per bottle
As I mentioned above, each vial contains 3.38 oz. of wine, which is enough for a small to medium-sized glass. (I tend to expect 5-6 oz. from a restaurant pour, and I probably pour 4-5 oz. at home.) Split between my brother and me, I felt each vial gave us each a perfectly sized tasting pour.
I’m not a wine expert by any means, but there was something about this wine that just tasted French. It was earthy, restrained, and absolutely delicious. VineBox describes it as being “full of sexy nuanced tannins dancing over… dark fruits and oak, hitting all the right steps without landing too hard on one specifically.”
Verdict: I am absolutely blown away by the wines that were included in my first VineBox. They were all outstanding— probably the best collection of wine that I’ve ever received in a subscription box. The packaging is beautiful, and I love that the wines are sent in single-serve vials. (I’ve never seen a wine subscription that specializes in glasses before!) The cost of the box breaks down to $11.67 per glass, which I think is a little high considering the per-bottle cost and the pour size. Still, I can’t deny that the wines I received are top notch. I think this is a great way to discover new European wines, and I also think this subscription might be a great option for people who want to drink an occasional glass of great wine (but may not want to commit to opening a whole bottle).
What do you think of VineBox? Do you like the idea of a “by the glass” wine subscription?