Club W Wine Subscription Review + Coupon – August 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: Save $20 off your first order! No coupon is 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 they send. Each card includes a description of the wine, tasting notes, and information about the wine’s flavor profile.
Printed on the back of each tasting card is a suggested recipe pairing.
Pinot Grigio is a great summer wine because it’s light, refreshing, and extremely easy to drink. The 2015 Più Gioia Pinot Grigio is lightly fruity and balanced by a nice acidity that makes this wine a great choice for a hot day. I put this wine in the freezer (I set a timer to make sure it didn’t freeze!), and it was delicious served uber cold.
2015 Yé-Yé Albariño– $13
I’ve been on a bit of an Albariño kick lately (I’ve been ordering it a lot at restaurants), so I couldn’t resist trying this one from Club W. First of all, I absolutely love the mint green and sea foam blue label against the chamomile color of the wine. It’s such a pretty combination, and it feels really summery. On the nose, I didn’t get a lot from this wine, but I absolutely loved the taste. I picked up on the flavor of pineapple immediately, with maybe some salty citrus notes, too. If this wine is still available next month, I might have to get another bottle!
I tend to drink a lot of white wine in the summer, so I decided to only order whites in this month’s box. When I was picking out my bottles, I noticed that Club W had two different Chenin Blancs available, and I thought it might be fun to try them both. The first one, the 2015 The Independent® Chenin Blanc, is a smooth, crisp wine that’s fairly light-bodied. It also feels somewhat reserved (in a good way). Club W describes the flavor as “green apple and honeydew,” which I think is pretty spot on.
The 2015 Vinyasa Chenin Blanc, on the other hand, tastes totally different. First of all, the color is much richer and far more yellow; I’d describe the color of the Vinyasa as straw gold, whereas The Independent is more of a silvery yellow. Flavor wise, it’s definitely more rich and full-bodied, with a taste that conjures up thoughts of buttered flowers. That may sound odd, but it really works. The creamy floral flavor is delicious!
Every month, 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 gazpacho, the suggested pairing for the 2015 Yé-Yé Albariño.
I made a couple of small changes to the recipe. First, I substituted heirloom tomatoes (vine ripe or beefsteak were recommended). I also omitted the sausage and added a little extra vinegar because I like my gazpacho extra tangy!
I’ve never made gazpacho with heirloom tomatoes before, but they added a fantastic depth of flavor.
The finished gazpacho was zesty, fresh, and packed with flavor! The recipe made enough for 4-5 full bowls, and I’m thrilled that I have leftovers. Like most soups, gazpacho only gets better after sitting in the fridge for a couple of days!
Verdict: This might be one of my favorite Club W boxes ever! I loved all of my wines, and the gazpacho was a delicious summer meal. At $13 per bottle, I think Club W offers a pretty good value, and I love the fun and colorful labels they design for their bottles. 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?