Winc vs Blue Apron Wine vs Wine Awesomeness – March 2017
This month, I reviewed wine boxes from Winc, Blue Apron Wine, and Wine Awesomeness. To show how the subscriptions compare, I’ve outlined what I received from each subscription below. Read on to see which wines I loved most this month!
Winc (formerly Club W) is a wine subscription box that re-imagines the traditional wine club. Winc offers a regularly changing selection of unique, small production wines that are sourced directly from vineyards and winemakers. When you sign up for a subscription, you take a short quiz that helps determine your taste in wine. Based on your quiz results, Winc picks out wines for you each month. You can go along with Winc’s suggestions, or you can pick out your own wines. Winc wines start at $13 each, shipping is free on orders of 4 or more bottles, and you can skip a shipment at any time.
I love that Winc allows full customization, and I always have a great time picking out my wines each month. If you’re looking for a wine subscription that allows you to have full control over what you receive, I highly recommend checking out Winc.
COUPON: $20 off your first order, no coupon required, just use this link!
Ships to: All US states EXCEPT AK, AL, AR, DE, HI, KY, MS, OK, RI, DS, and UT
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2015 Airfall Red Blend – $22
I hand picked my wines this month, and I enjoyed certain bottles more than others. With a whopping 15.3% alcohol content, the Likelihood of Confusion Blend was a little hot for my palate, but I still managed to enjoy its dark fruit and vanilla notes. I really liked the Baja East collaboration wine, and I loved the label! (It features the signature print that Baja East used in their show at NYFW!) The Airfall, however, was sadly a miss for me. It’s a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Petite Sirah grapes all grown in the volcanic soil of California’s El Dorado County. It’s described as having “concentrated notes of plum, black cherry, and cocoa powder,” but for me, the flavor fell flat.
My favorite wine in this shipment was the La Forza Super Tuscan.
Winc wines often have great labels, but this is one of my all-time favorites. The comic book-style label tells the story of the rise of Super Tuscan wines (the wines are personified into superheroes!), and it was created by Marvel comic book artist Brent Schoonover.
I also really enjoyed the wine itself. The grapes for this vino were harvested in fall and aged in French oak for 12 months. In the glass, this wine was full-bodied, chocolately, and fruity.
Wine Awesomeness specializes in rare and unusual wines, and their curatorial team is led by a Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year! They seek out “the coolest, craveworthiest wines” and send “vino you don’t see every day, but will want to drink everyday.” There’s no quiz with Wine Awesomeness, and the bottles you receive are not tailored to your taste; however, you can pick whether you want to receive all reds, all whites (with a chance of rosé or bubbly), or a mix (with a chance of rosé or bubbly). Wine Awesomeness costs $45 per month for 3 bottles.
Wine Awesomeness is great at introducing me to wines I never knew existed, and I’m consistently impressed with the quality and curation of their boxes. If you’re an open-minded wine drinker who approaches vino with a sense of adventure, I definitely recommend giving Wine Awesomeness a try.
COUPON: Get your first box free – just pay $22.50 shipping, no coupon required, just use this link!
Ships to: U.S. (Including states where most other alcohol subscriptions don’t ship, like PA and OK!)
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2015 OPP Pinot Gris– $17.99
2014 Le Charmel Muscadet– value $11.99 (currently sold out)
2015 Exem Bordeaux Blanc– value $11.76 (currently unavailable)
Wine Awesomeness regularly sends wines that are new to me, and this month is no exception. This month, they sent a French Muscadet that’s made from 100% Melon de Bourgogne. This wine was new to me, and I found it to be really interesting. The flavor was dry and acidic, with a crisp tanginess that Wine Awesomeness likened to “golden apples and yellow Sour Patch Kids that have been soaking in Sprite.” I really enjoyed it! I also enjoyed the Exem Bordeaux Blanc, a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon. I found it to be very acidic and sharp— but refreshingly so. My favorite bottle from this shipment, though, has to be…
…the 2015 OPP Pinot Gris!
The aroma was fruity and citrusy, and the flavor was crisp, round, and a little sweet. I loved it!
Blue Apron Wine is a monthly wine subscription from Blue Apron. Every month, Blue Apron Wine sends six 500 ml bottles (perfectly sized for two to share!) that have been selected to complement upcoming Blue Apron meals. Each shipment costs $65.99 and contains six bottles of wine.
Blue Apron Wine shipments aren’t customizable, so I’d recommend this subscription for those who like both red and white wines and who aren’t too picky about what types of wine they enjoy. Since Blue Apron Wine comes with Blue Apron meal pairings, this subscription might be a great option for those who already subscribe to Blue Apron. The smaller bottles also set this subscription apart from the others. Personally, I think the 500 ml bottles are perfectly sized for two people to share over dinner.
Coupon: Click here to save $20 off your first order!
Ships to: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming
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2016 Osorio Carménère
2015 “Montagna Nera” Red Wine
2015 Maggio Calogero Petit Verdot
2016 Feudo Palo Fiano
2016 Le P’tit Paysan
2016 Desante “L’Atelier” White Field Blend
Of of the six bottles I received this month from Blue Apron Wines, there were definitely some highs and lows. I really liked the smooth, drinkability of the 2015 Montagna Nera and the crisp, reserved flavor of the 2016 Feudo Palo Fiano; however, the 2016 Osorio Carménère and the 2016 Desante “L’Atelier” White Field Blend were misses for me. One bottle, though, was exceptional:
The 2016 Le P’tit Paysan was incredible!
This wine was a little honied, with notes of apple, pair, and white peach. I loved it!
The Verdict: It’s so much fun to compare the different wine subscriptions and look back at the bottles I received this month. There were a lot of great bottles this month, but I absolutely can not stop thinking about the OPP Pinot Gris I received in Wine Awesomeness. This month, I think Wine Awesomeness takes the award for best box, too!
Favorite box: Wine Awesomeness