Blue Apron Wine Box Review + Coupon – January 2017
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.
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The Subscription Box: Blue Apron Wine
The Cost: $65.99
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The Products: Six 500 ml bottles of wine.
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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Each bottle of wine from Blue Apron Wine comes with its own info card that lists information about the wine’s profile, appearance, flavors, and aromas. Each card also provides recommendations for pairing the wine with Blue Apron recipes.
2015 Bodegas VQ
I first tried Blue Apron Wine about a year ago, and I was very excited to re-subscribe! This is the only wine subscription I know of that sends 500 ml bottles, and I think the size is absolutely perfect for two people to share over a weeknight dinner!
The first bottle I sampled from this shipment is a Spanish Grenache. This wine is fruity, light, smooth, and very easy to drink. Blue Apron describes Grenache as the denim of wine because it goes with almost anything, and I can definitely see how this wine would complement a wide range of dishes. I think it’s full-bodied enough to stand up to meats, but the flavor is delicate enough that it probably wouldn’t overpower lighter dishes like chicken and fish.
2014 Cave de Fleurie
Next up is a wine from Fleurie in the French Beaujolais region. I’m familiar with Beaujolais Nouveau, but Fleurie is a wine that’s new to me. According to Blue Apron, Beaujolais Nouveau is best when it’s very fresh (it can only be aged for a few months), but high-end Beaujolais and Fleurie can age well for 5 years or longer. Unfortunately, I think this wine is just okay. The aroma is a little like muddy earth (I don’t get any fruit or florals), and the flavor is very flat. The flavor is a little fruity and a little earthy, but I don’t think there’s all that much happening.
2015 Fabre Minervois
Blue Apron Wine sends 3 bottles of red and 3 bottles of white every month, and the last bottle of red I received in this box is a wine from the French region of Minervois. This wine is very dark purple in color, and it tastes just like dry berry juice. I can pick out flavors of blackberry and blueberry, and there’s a nice dry quality to the wine that makes me want to smack my lips.
2015 Seigneurie de Châtillon
Next up is a white wine from Burgundy. (I’m loving that this box is packed full of French wines!) Blue Apron recommends looking for the flavor of freshly cut lemons, but, to me, this wine tastes a lot like pink grapefruit juice! I love the fresh acidity of this wine. It’s delicious!
2015 Westmount Pinot Gris
I’m a big fan of Oregon Pinot Gris, so I’m thrilled to see one in this month’s box! The sunny Oregon growing season often leads to wines with concentrated fruit flavors, and that’s definitely the case here. This wine has a flavor that’s like nectarines and pears, but there’s enough acidity to keep it crisp and refreshing. Surprisingly, this wine is also just the slightest bit sweet, which helps to balance out the acidity. It’s really tasty.
2015 Wooldridge Creek
The last wine in this month’s shipment is another Oregon white, but this one is a blend of Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. I think the flavor is a little odd. It tastes like honey, lemons, and iodine. I’m not always a fan of Viognier, so it could be that’s the flavor that isn’t working for me.
Verdict: My husband and I have wine with dinner a couple of times per week, but we don’t always want to finish a full-sized bottle— especially on a work night! I love that Blue Apron Wine sends smaller, 500 ml bottles to pair with weeknight dinners, and it’s convenient that they come with Blue Apron menu pairing suggestions. The packaging is nice, and I think the wine cards are really well done. I liked most of the wines in this shipment, and I think it’s fun that this month featured so many French wines! It is important to note that Blue Apron does not allow for any sort of customization, so I think this subscription would be best for wine lovers who aren’t too picky. Regarding the value, the cost of the box breaks down to $11 per bottle. Considering the quality of the wine and the convenience of the Blue Apron pairing suggestions, I’m happy with that.
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