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Wine Awesomeness “2017 Retrospective” Box Review + Coupon – December 2017

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Wine Awesomeness is a monthly wine subscription that specializes in rare and unusual wines. They seek out “the coolest, craveworthiest wines” with plenty of crowd-pleasing appeal. The curatorial team includes a Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year!

Each Wine Awesomeness box comes with three wines. You choose whether you’d like the “All Red”, “All White” (with a chance of rosé or bubbly), or the “Variety” (with a chance of rosé or bubbly) plan—they’re all $45.00 per month. (This is the “Variety” plan.) If you’re a more frequent wine drinker, or if you just want to grow your collection a little faster, Wine Awesomeness does offer all of their monthly selections for $75.00 per shipment in a plan called “The Six Pack.” 

Want to change your Wine Awesomeness preferences, skip a shipment, or cancel altogether? You can do all of the above via your online account at any time.

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The wines arrive in a giant, nondescript cardboard box. Inside, the bottles were safely sitting in specially made cardboard trays, which keep ’em still and crack-free.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

This review is for the Variety plan, which is $45.00 per monthly box.

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About Wine Awesomeness, a Wine of the Month Club

The Subscription Box: Wine Awesomeness

The Cost: $45 a month for 3 bottles of all red, all white, or a variety of red and white wines. $75.00 per month to receive all 6 monthly selections (of reds and whites).

Coupon: Get your first box for $29! No coupon required, just use this link

The Products: Three bottles of wine “curated for adventurous souls.”

Ships to: US (including states most other alcohol subscriptions don’t ship to, like PA and OK) for free!

Wine Awesomeness “2017 Retrospective” December 2017 Box Review

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This subscription box always comes with a mini-magazine called The Back Label. Inside, you’ll find unique content like articles, infographics, and cocktails…

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…And detailed descriptions of the month’s featured wines!

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I didn’t get any extra snacks like I’ve seen included in this box in the past, but I did get a coupon to Greenblender, which is a smoothie subscription. Find out more about Greenblender here.

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2013 Wild River Pinot Noir – Retail Value $18.00

The first wine is a red (my fave) that hails from New Zealand. This wine struck me as a good match for the holiday season—in addition to a deep, plummy fruitiness, it’s got a good bit of… how can I put this… woodsy-ness to it. It seems like something to drink in a cozy cabin. The Back Label thinks the same, apparently! They just say it with a bit more flair: “This wine is raw, energized—the kind of bottle you can wrap yourself up in and sink into a fireside chair to enjoy the warmth from the inside out.” I enjoyed the warmth from the inside out while sitting under a blanket (and a cat) on the couch and watching episodes of The Great British Bake Off. (A truly exquisite pairing.) The label says it goes well with lamb or duck, too!

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2017 Point Ormond Sauvignon Blanc – Estimated Value $16.99

This precise wine was tough to track down online, so I listed the value of a similar bottle from the same brand above. I think 2017 has been my year for discovering white wines, in large part thanks to this subscription. I was always a red girl, assuming that white wines were a bit one-note. Boy, was I wrong! Funnily enough, this Australian Sauvignon Blanc has the kind of flavor I used to naively assume all white wines had—it’s fresh and full of peppy, sweet fruitiness, and it has a little bit of a zip, too. (The Back Label explains it as “Pineapple shaved ice. Passionfruit and fresh-cut grass with frothy citrus notes.”) There’s something mildly decadent about it, which I like. I don’t know if it’ll become a new favorite or anything, but I feel like it’s a happy, fun wine that I’d be glad to share with friends. Also, I know this is superficial, but I love that label design! It looks like it’s inspired by a 1960s edition of The Canterbury Tales or The Once and Future King, y’know?

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2015 Sidekick California Chardonnay – Retail Value $17.00

The Back Label calls this wine “butter” or “buttery” a whole bunch of times in its explanation, which, honestly sounded… eh… a little gross, to be honest. But in actuality, I found the “buttery” vibe of this wine to be in its mouthfeel (simultaneously my favorite and least-favorite culinary word…). It goes down easy, but it has a satisfying oomph to it that I really liked. It seems like the kind of thing that’d go well with brunch—it’s not dessert-like, but it’s not refreshing either. There’s a richness to its sugary flavor, almost like apple pie. Long story short, I liked it! And I love the comic book inspired label, too!

The Verdict: It’s been a good year for Wine Awesomeness and I. I’ve really enjoyed learning about wines from them—the varieties they provide and the thorough information about each product (and other aspects of wine culture) in the Back Label really exceeds my expectations every time. This month’s wines were all really tasty—none were a revelation, but all were delicious. I feel like I might nab a few bottles of that Sidekick as holiday gifts for my comic-loving friends!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Every Wine Awesomeness box is curated specifically to the recipient’s tastes. What’s in the box depends on your responses to their easy questionnaire and also what’s available at the time. It’s likely you won’t end up with the exact same wines that I did, but you might get something even better suited to your palate!

Coupon – Get your first box for $29! No coupon required, just use this link

Value Breakdown: This box of three wines cost $45.00 (shipping is free), but using the values I found above, I received about $51.99 in value. Proportionally, that means I paid about the following for each wine I got:

  • Pinot Noir – $15.58
  • Sauvignon Blanc – $14.71
  • Chardonnay – $14.71

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Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

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.

1 Comment

  1. This was a great review. I think I may try a month.

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