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Vinebox Wine Subscription Review + Coupon – September 2016

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Every month, VineBox curates and delivers “3 spectacular wines in perfectly measured pours straight to your door.”

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Wines are handpicked by VineBox’s sommeliers from boutique wineries across Europe.

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The wines are transferred into VineBox’s signature glass vials using proprietary technology that preserves the integrity of the wine.

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Each box contains three vials, and each vial contains 10 centiliters of wine. (FYI- 10 centiliters = 3.38 oz., which is about 3/4 the size of a full glass of wine.) The design on each vial maintains the vineyard’s original bottle design.

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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.)

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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 fun envelope.

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Inside, I found info cards for each of the wines in my shipment.

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On the reverse, the cards contain some information about winemaking.

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Gardiés Côtes du Roussillon Blanc Les Glaciaires 2014 ($17.88 per bottle)

VineBox sources wines from boutique European wineries, and all of the wines in this box are French! The first one is a white blend from Languedoc-Roussillon that consists of Grenache (blanc and gris), Roussane, and Macabeo. This wine is fruity (think pineapple and stone fruit) with crisp acidity and subtle spice. VineBox recommends drinking this wine as an aperitif, and I took their advice and sipped it while cooking dinner one night. I really enjoyed it!

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Muzard & Fils Vieilles Vignes ($45 per bottle)

The second wine I received this month is a Pinot Noir, and I think this might be my first time trying a French Pinot Noir! Pinot Noir is one of my favorite red wines, and I’m excited to branch out from my go-to Oregon Pinots. This one has a familiar flavor profile of perfumed berries, and VineBox pinpoints the flavors as dark fruit, crushed berries, peony, and violet. It’s really delicious. The info card recommends pairing this wine with General Tso’s chicken and suggests we all #maketakeoutfancyagain. I love it!

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Maghani 2012 Domaine Canet Valette (28.39€ per bottle (approximately $31.89 USD))

The last wine in this box is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre from Saint-Chinian, and the first thing I noticed about it is the beautiful dark garnet color. The flavor is powerfully earthy, and it brings to mind thoughts of mossy caves, lavender fields, and leather. I love earthy, tannic wines, and this is one of my favorite new wine discoveries. I hope it pops up for sale on the VineBox site because I would love to buy a full bottle.

Verdict: I really like VineBox. They consistently send delicious 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’m head over heels for the Maghani 2012. 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 don’t think I’ve ever received a wine I didn’t like.

What do you think of VineBox? Do you like the idea of a “by the glass” wine subscription?

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.

2 Comments

  1. I like this concept but the execution needs some work. First, and most obviously, it’s just not a good value. You figure 5 glasses per bottle of wine, so if I’m paying over $10/glass then I expect for each bottle to retail for at least ~$50. If I want to pay $10/glass for a $17 bottle of wine I’ve never had before, I’ll go to a restaurant where I can at least get the sommelier’s recommendation. The whole point of subscription boxes, from the merchant’s perspective, is advertising, so I really don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect that they’re going to bear the cost of packaging, shipping, etc. in order to get their product out to more potential buyers.

    Second, these glasses look pretty skimpy. Not sure if it was a reading comprehension fail on my part, but I didn’t see how many ounces each vial contained. Doesn’t look like 5 oz to me though, which is standard restaurant pour.

    Third, single serving is kinda cruddy especially at this price point. People with SOs or roommates or just close friends will want to share. I could see this as a fun monthly date night/girls night activity.

    • Hi Mrrrp, thanks so much for the feedback! I’m Matt, a cofounder at VINEBOX. We truly take this stuff to heart, so I appreciate you taking the time.

      You’re completely correct about most subscription clubs acting as marketing tools, but that’s in fact why we are different. We’re actively curating new wines from real people across Europe that exemplify something truly special (taste, terroir, story, style, etc.). Not based on the wine-maker’s marketing or distribution budget. That’s the fun part, because we work with the brilliant producers who instead focus on the wine itself 🙂

      Anyhow, to address your other comments, we’re releasing version 2.0 later this month which introduces an onboarding experience, wine selection based on member taste, and the ability to receive additional glasses for significant others, parties, etc. Get pumped!

      If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to shoot us an email at support@getvinebox.com. Our members’ happiness is paramount, so if there’s anything we can do, we’ll make it happen. Cheers!

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