Winc (Club W) Subscription Review + Coupon – March 2017
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.
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.
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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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Winc includes a mini magazine with every shipment.
The magazine includes information on all of the current Winc wines, and there are even wine-related articles.
Now, on to the wine!
2014 La Forza Super Tuscan – Value $13
Winc wines often have creative and artistic labels, and I’m not embarrassed to admit that I’ll sometimes pick out my wine based almost solely on the label art. I mean, how cool is this one:
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese (two grapes that form the backbone of many of Italy’s “Super Tuscan” wines), and the comic book-style label tells the story of the rise of Super Tuscans. To create it, Winc enlisted the help of Marvel comic book artist Brent Schoonover. This has to be one of the coolest wine labels I’ve ever seen! I’m also a fan of the wine itself. The grapes for this vino were harvested in fall and aged in French oak for 12 months. In the glass, this wine is full-bodied, chocolatey, and fruity.
2015 Airfall Red Blend – Value $22
The next wine I picked out for my shipment this month is Winc’s 2015 Airfall, a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Petite Sirah grapes all grown in the volcanic soil of California’s El Dorado County. Unfortunately, this bottle is a miss for me. It’s described as having “concentrated notes of plum, black cherry, and cocoa powder,” but for me, the flavor falls flat.
2015 Baja East x Winc Red Blend – Value $20
Happily, I had better luck with this next bottle, a collaboration between Winc and fashion label Baja East. (The label features the signature print the brand used in their show at NYFW!) This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, and it’s an easy drinking red that reminds me of dark berries and black pepper. Winc recommends pairing this wine with Marinated New York Strip Steak with Parmesan Polenta, which sounds like a great combination.
My last wine pick this month is another bottle with a great label! It’s a fruit-forward blend of Syrah and Petite Syrah, and it’s named for the wine’s whopping 15.3% alcohol content. This wine tastes a little hot to me, but it’s not so harsh that I found it unenjoyable. I’m a fan of the dark fruit and vanilla notes, and I think this wine will pair really nicely with Italian food. (I see some homemade bolognese in my future!)
Verdict: I enjoyed my Winc box this month, but there were definitely some highs and lows. The Airfall was a miss for me, but I enjoyed the Likelihood of Confusion Blend and Winc’s collaboration with Baja East. My favorite bottle, though, has to be the La Forza— both the wine and the label art are fantastic! 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?