Vinebox Wine Subscription Review + Coupon – August 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)
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.
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My VineBox arrived with a kraft envelope.
Inside, I found info cards for each of the wines in my shipment.
On the reverse, the cards contain some information about winemaking.
Chateau Durette Régnié– $22 a 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 red wine from Beaujolais made from old vine Gamay grapes. (Old vine grapes are highly regarded for their ability to produce a well-structured wine that’s softer and more elegant than wine made from younger grapes.) To me, this wine has a sharp acidity and a nice fruitiness that reminds me of cranberries. My only complaint is that this wine tastes a little young. If I had a whole bottle of this wine, I think I’d let it age for a bit to mellow out some of the sharper flavors.
Marc Francais– $25 a bottle
When I looked up this bottle of wine on the Vinebox site, I was shocked to see that it retails for only $25. It tastes… expensive. The flavor is spicy, with a mellow fruitiness that rolls right over your tongue. It’s a Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.
Domaine Ferrand– $40
For a very long time, I was convinced that I didn’t like Chardonnay, but I’ve been delighted to discover some excellent bottles thanks to subscription boxes. (Perhaps my tastes are changing?) This is one of those wines. It’s so chic. Really, it just tastes fancy. The flavor is apple-y, but with a rich creaminess that’s maybe more caramel apple than fresh apple. I love it.
Verdict: I’m so impressed with VineBox. They consistently send top quality European wines, the packaging is beautiful, and I love that the wines are sent in single-serve vials. I enjoyed all three of this month’s wines, and I would happily buy more of the Rhone blend and the Chardonnay. The cost of the box breaks down to $11.67 per glass, which seems a little high considering the per-bottle price of most wines I received. Still, I can’t overstate how great the wines are. I think VineBox is a great way to discover new European wines, and I’m already excited for my next box!
What do you think of VineBox? Do you like the idea of a “by the glass” wine subscription?