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Club W Wine Subscription Review + Coupon – August 2016

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Club W is a wine subscription box that re-imagines the traditional wine club.

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They offer a regularly changing selection of unique, small production wines that are sourced directly from vineyards and winemakers.

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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.

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You can go along with their recommendations or choose your own bottles from their regularly changing selection.

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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.

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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

Check out all of our Club W reviews or visit the Drink Subscription Box Directory for more boozy boxes!

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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.

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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.

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Printed on the back of each tasting card is a suggested recipe pairing.

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2015 Più Gioia Pinot Grigio– $13

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.

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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!

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2015 The Independent® Chenin Blanc– $13

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.

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2015 Vinyasa Chenin Blanc– $13

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!

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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.

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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!

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I’ve never made gazpacho with heirloom tomatoes before, but they added a fantastic depth of flavor.

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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?

Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker by day and a subscription box junkie by night. She first subscribed to Birchbox in 2013 and her addiction grew when she signed up for Graze, PopSugar, and Knoshy. Her favorite part about being a subscription box addict is discovering new products- especially gourmet goodies, beauty products, and kitchen tools!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

1 Comment

  1. I love Club W. I think I have had maybe 2 wines I didn’t love, and their customer service immediately credited me. I received that Pinot as well, and I think it’s my favorite I’ve ever had. Usually I find pinot grigio too acidic, and it just reminds me of terrible “Mom wine!” haha

    the only thing I don’t like about Club Dub, is that I fall in love with all these wines, and then they never have them again! 🙁

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