Club W Wine Subscription Review & Coupon – September 2015
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: 3 bottles per month start at $39 + $6 flat rate shipping. (Shipping is free on orders of 6 or more bottles.)
COUPON: 50% off your first 3 bottles, no coupon 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
Club W includes a tasting card for each of the wines in your shipment. Each card includes a description of the wine, tasting notes, and information about the flavor profile.
Printed on the back of each tasting card is a suggested recipe pairing.
2014 Invoke Syrah– $13
Club W describes the aroma of the Invoke Syrah as smelling like ‘chocolate pudding, balsamic glaze, [and] dark cherry liqueur.” Yum! The texture is velvety and rich, and I love the dark, chocolate and berry flavors.
A few months ago, I tried the Alchymist Red Blend and really enjoyed it. Both the white and red Alchymist blends are a little sweet, which is a departure from what I usually drink. I typically prefer wines that are dry and full of tannins, but sometimes it’s fun to try something new! Club W recommends serving this wine with Thai Spring Rolls with Peanut sauce (made with a splash of sriracha), and I can definitely see how this wine would stand up nicely to a little spice.
2013 Cowtown Merlot– $13
I received a bottle of Cowtown Cabernet Sauvignon in my first ever box from Club W, and it was so good I still remember it fondly. When I saw that Club W released a new Merlot under the Cowtown label, I knew I had to try it. This bottle is another win! It has a great balance of earthiness and fruit, and it features flavors like “orange peel, plum, prune, [and] berry jam.”
2014 Cocomero Rosato– $13
I received a bottle of this Cocomero Rosato in my shipment last month, and I loved it so much that I ordered it again. After making Boozy Watermelon Popsicles, I ended up infusing the remaining wine with watermelon and mint. I can’t wait to do it all over again!
This wine has “refreshing aromas of elderflower and candied lemon with tart flavors of peach and green apple.” It’s the first Club W wine from Yakima Valley in Washington State, an area that has been producing world-renowned Rieslings. It’s a blend of two lots, one dry and one off-dry, so the wine has a light sweetness.
This is my first time selecting a bottle of Club W red with a price above their standard of $13. I don’t have a problem spending $17 on a bottle of wine if I’m making a special meal, and I was curious to see what kind of wine Club W has available at the slightly higher price point. I’m pleased to report that I think this is the best bottle of red wine I’ve had from Club W. It has a “smoky spice” alongside “rich black currant flavors” and is sophisticated, well-balanced, and just plain delicious!
Each month, I look forward to trying at least one of the Club W recipe pairings. This month, I couldn’t pass up the recipe for Burrata with Stone Fruit, Chili, & Mint!
Burrata with Stone Fruit, Chili, & Mint
I would walk over hot coals if someone promised me a ball of burrata, so, when I saw this recipe for fruity burrata salad, I knew I had to make it!
The recipe was very simple, just a combination of arugula, sliced stone fruit (I decided to use peaches), Thai chili, mint, burrata, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
I cleaned my produce and arranged everything on a plate.
This was a great, quick salad and it made for a delicious lunch. As recommended, I paired the salad with a glass of the 2014 If a Tree Falls Riesling. The slight sweetness of the wine nicely complemented the spiciness from the Thai chili, and the cold wine was a great accompaniment to this late summer salad.
Verdict: This was a great box from Club W, and I loved the burrata salad recipe paired with the Riesling. This was my first time trying one of their more expensive reds, and it definitely paid off. Since fall is here, I’m guessing next month’s recipes will likely feature some cold-weather foods. There’s been a chill in the air these past few days, so I’m ready. Bring on the stews and soups!
Do you subscribe to Club W? Which bottles did you pick this month?