Vinebox Wine Subscription Review + Coupon – September 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., 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.
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.
Keep track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription box list or wishlist!
My VineBox arrived with a fun envelope.
Inside, I found info cards for each of the wines in my shipment.
On the reverse, the cards contain some information about winemaking.
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!
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!
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?