Winc (Club W) Subscription Review + Coupon – October 2016
Winc (formerly known as 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 Winc, you take a short, fun “palate profile” quiz that helps determine your taste in wine. Based on your answers, Winc 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 log in to make your monthly bottle selection, your recommended wines will be sent by default. You can skip a month at any time.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Winc (Club W)
The Cost: Bottles start at $13 each. (Shipping is free on orders of 4 or more bottles.)
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, RI, DS, and UT
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Winc includes a tasting card for each of the wines they send. Each card includes a description of the wine, tasting notes, and information about the wine’s flavor profile.
Printed on the back of each tasting card is a suggested recipe pairing.
This month’s box also contained a couple of promotional cards.
Now, on to the wine!
The majority of Winc’s wines cost $13 per bottle, but they do also have a selection of more expensive offerings. I’ve been obsessed with Albariño lately, so I couldn’t resist giving this bottle a try! The first thing I noticed when I pulled it out of the box is that the bottle is rather squat, quite a bit shorter and fatter than a typical bottle. I’m a fan of inventive packaging, so I think this is a fun choice. The wine itself is really tasty, and it’s a fair bit smoother and less acidic than some other bottles of Albariño I’ve tried.
Winc’s Wildest Dreams is the result of a collaboration with Bri Emory, the creator of lifestyle blog designlovefest, and it “embodies the dreamy, ethereal vibe” of her site. (If you want to get a feel for her aesthetic, check out these wonderful pastel desktop wallpapers!) Emory designed the label for this bottle, and it’s really pretty. The cork also has a little heart on it, which is a sweet touch.
The wine itself is a 50-50 blend of juicy Sauvignon Blanc and aromatic Viognier. It’s dry, crisp, and delicious. This is exactly the kind of wine I like to open when I’m cooking because it’s full of flavor but still easy to drink.
This wine was inspired by the Rhône Valley, and it’s a blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier. Winc describes this wine as crisp and lemony, but, for me, there’s also a honey flavor that melds with the lemon to remind me a little of Ricola Cough Drops. (In a good way, I think.) Winc recommends pairing this wine with lemon bars, which sounds like a match made in heaven.
My final pick for this box is yet another Rhône-style white blend, this time a 50-50 mix of Roussanne and Marsanne. It reminds me quite a bit of the Capuchon, but the honey flavor is far more pronounced. For me, this is a wine that’s best served with food. (It’s a little intense, lush, and heavy for me to drink on its own.) I think I’m going to serve it with lemon & garlic roast chicken!
Verdict: I had a lot of fun with this month’s Winc wines! My favorite bottles are the Albariño and the Wildest Dreams Blend, but I liked the other two, as well, and I’m looking forward to pairing the Honey Beast with roasted chicken. At $13 per bottle, I think Winc offers a pretty good value, and I love the fun labels they design for their bottles. If you like trying new small-production wines that you can’t find in the grocery store (or you’re looking for a wine subscription that allows you to hand pick the bottles you receive), I definitely recommend checking out Winc!
What do you think of Winc? Have you tried any of the bottles I picked out this month?