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Winc (Club W) Subscription Review + Coupon – December 2016

Lindsey Morse
ByLindsey MorseDec 21, 2016 | 1 comment

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Winc (formerly known as 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.

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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 login 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.)

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The Subscription Box: Winc

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, PA, RI, DS, and UT

Check out all of our Winc (Club W) reviews or visit the Drink Subscription Box Directory for more boozy boxes!

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Winc used to send an info card for each wine in your shipment, but it looks like they’ve replaced the cards with a mini magazine!

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The magazine includes information on all of the current Winc wines, and there are even wine-related articles.

Now, on to the wine!

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Compartés x Winc Sparkling White Blend – Value $28

Winc regularly teams up for collaborations with artists (to make label art) and chefs (for recipe pairings), and I simply couldn’t resist their latest collaboration with chocolate maker, Compartés. This little set includes a Compartés Dark Chocolate Bar with Vanilla Salt and a bottle of Winc NV Sparkling wine.

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I love sparkling wine, and this is a pretty solid bottle. It’s a tiny bit sweet, very smooth, and has just enough body to hold up to the Compartés chocolate.

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And here’s the chocolate!

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I opened up this bar as soon as I’d finished photographing it, and I’m so impressed with the flavor.

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The chocolate is pretty dark (73%), but it’s still smooth, rich, and creamy.

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The vanilla salt inclusion adds great flavor and provides just the right amount of saltiness to bring out all of the flavors in the chocolate. This bar is delicious on its own, and it’s even better with the sparkling wine!

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2015 Local Flavor Rosé – Value $15

I often think of Rosé as a summer wine, but for some reason, this one was calling my name! It’s a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, and the flavor is dry and fruity. I really like it. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from this wine will be donated to Venice Arts to help 6 children attend their Summer Media Arts Camp.

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2015 So This Happened White Blend – Value $13

This next wine is a repeat from last month’s box— I loved it so much that I had to order another bottle! It’s a dry white wine that’s a blend of Malvasia Bianca, Muscat Canelli, and Chenin Blanc. The flavor is floral and fruity, and it’s nicely balanced with hints of tropical fruit and citrus. I don’t think I’ve ever had a wine quite like this one before, and I’m a big fan.

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2016 Finke’s Widow Sparkling Chenin Blanc – Value $13

Between holiday parties and New Year’s Eve, this time of year is all about bubbly, so my last pick for this month’s box is this bottle of sparkling Chenin Blanc. The flavor is biscuity and fresh, with fruity flavors that remind me of apple and pear. It’s nice, but I have to say that it pales in comparison to the other sparkling wine I received in this shipment. This one is good, but the other bottle really impressed me.

Verdict: I greatly enjoyed this shipment from Winc! All of the wines were great, and I especially loved the rosé and the NV sparkling white blend. I also had a lot of fun with the chocolate and wine pairing! 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? What bottles did you pick this month?

Lindsey Morse
Lindsey Morse
Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.

Lindsey Morse
Lindsey Morse
Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.
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1 comment

DeanaCal

I’m a huge fan of this wine subscription! I didn’t get any of the same wines you got this month, but your review is making me very curious to try the rose’. So far out of the four months I’ve been a member, my favorite red is the Alchemist Noir, and my favorite white has been the YeYe Albarino. 🙂

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