Club W Wine Subscription Review + Coupon – September 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.
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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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Several 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.
Club W releases a Chop Shop wine every year, and I think it’s one of their best. I’ve been impressed with previous Chop Shop wines, and I really like this one, too. It’s a true Cabernet Sauvignon, with nice tannins and a punch of spicy plum flavor. I think this bottle is a steal at $13.
2015 Yé-Yé Albariño– $13
I ordered this bottle last month, and I loved it so much that I had to get another one! The taste is just incredible, kind of like pineapple and salty citrus. I just think it’s a wonderful wine, so fresh and summery.
2015 Copycat Barbera– $13
I’ll be honest with you all. I 100% picked this wine because of the label. I mean, it’s just too cute! Here’s a close up:
Luckily, I’m a fan of the wine, as well. The name “Copycat” comes from the fact that Barbera is a Northern Italian wine that’s rarely grown outside of Italy, and this one comes from Paso Robles, California. In the glass, it’s very dark and almost purple. The flavor is packed with fruit (think red berries and plum) and balanced with a nice acidity. I don’t know that I would drink this wine alone, but I think it would be great with food. I’d love to drink it alongside a big bowl of pasta with rich marinara sauce.
2015 Cocomero Rosé– $13
Cocomero is another wine that I’ve had before. I tried the 2014 Cocomero last year and I loved it, so I couldn’t resist trying the 2015 release! Cocomero is the Italian word for watermelon, and this wine really does live up to its name. It’s fresh and fruity, and if I close my eyes while I’m sipping it I can definitely pick out the flavor of watermelon. The provided recipe for this wine is “Drunken Watermelon Popsicles,” which I made last year when I got the 2014 Cocomero. I can definitely recommend the recipe— they were fun to make and very refreshing!
Verdict: I really enjoyed all of the Club W wines I received this month! At $13 per bottle, I think Club W offers a pretty good value, and I love the fun labels they design for their bottles. If you like trying new small-production wines that you can’t find in the grocery store (or you’re looking for a wine subscription that allows you to hand pick the bottles you receive), I definitely recommend checking out Club W!
What do you think of Club W?