Winc Wine of the Month Subscription Review + Coupon – May 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 (or skip the month completely). The bottles come shipped in an upright cardboard box with cardboard contraptions that keep the bottles from bumping into one another. The best part is that the box itself has a sturdy plastic handle, which makes carrying it into the kitchen (or to a party) easy as pie!
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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.
I love the fresh, bright design. This spread about rosé looks like something out of a fashion magazine, doesn’t it?
I love this idea for making grapefruit rosé! Dry, yet fruity, rosé is my favorite, so grapefruit sounds like it’ll be the perfect pairing. I can’t wait to give this a try!
As someone who’s just beginning to explore and learn about wine, I enjoy reading about the different wines (though the wines in the book aren’t necessarily the wines in my box). It’s helping me get a feel for the language of wine.
The photos of the food in this booklet are so tempting. I was getting hungry just looking at them.
How cute is this “5 Minute French Lesson”? I love the drawings and the irreverent tone (“I refuse to watch the sunset without a glass of rosé” is my favorite phrase).
2016 Summer Water Rosé – Value $15.00
I was so excited to try Summer Water, since it’s… kind of a big deal. Summer Water has its own subscription through Winc (sorry—its own Societé), its own merch (thanks to a partnership with Yes Way Rosé), and its own hashtag (#SummerWater). So what’s all the hype about? Well, according to Winc, Summer Water is a “Central Coast Grenache and Syrah blend” with a flavor that’s “light, crisp and dry—with notes of strawberry, pink grapefruit, and white peach.” It has a beautiful pinky-peach color and a twist-off top that makes it easy to crack open AND reseal (if, for example, you don’t get through the bottle by the end of your summer picnic).
This is just about the friendliest rosé I’ve tried. It walks the line between fruitiness and dryness in a way that’s refreshing, smooth, and deliciously easy-going. I can see why this wine is so popular—its flavors aren’t necessarily subtle, but they’re gentle enough that you can drink lots of this wine without feeling overwhelmed or weighed down by flavor. How can I put this? If this wine was a piece of art, it wouldn’t be a masterpiece in a museum, but it would be the kind of cute, colorful piece I’d want to see every day in my apartment.
2015 Tempo Vero Barbera Red Wine – Value $13.00
As much as I liked the crowd-pleasing mild flavor of Summer Water, I’m a big fan of the bold, unique flavor of reds. When it comes to things like coffee and chocolate, I say the darker and richer, the better. (That was actually something covered in the Winc flavor profile quiz!) So I was happy to find some deep, dark red wines in this box alongside the lighter, summery wines.
The Winc site says this Tempo Vero Barbera is “vibrant with notes of strawberry, cherry, wood, and bright acidity on the palate.” It’s an Italian wine from the Monferrato DOC in Piedmont, which is apparently a hot spot for wine.
This wine was smoother than I expected, but it had a mushroomy aspect to it that I didn’t expect from the description. I think that was the “wood” note they mentioned? It was interesting, though, so I kept on sipping, undeterred! A few sips in, the plum-like, berry flavor started to take over. I could see this going beautifully with pasta… or really anything doused in rich tomato sauce.
2016 One from the Quiver Malbec – Value $13.00
My dad went to Argentina for vacation once, and now it’s rare when he doesn’t serve Malbec with dinner. As a result, I developed a bit of a taste for it—the fruity, rich flavor is right up my alley. This Malbec comes from the famed Argentian wine region of Mendoza, so it’s pretty legit for a $13.00 bottle of wine. Winc explains the flavor as “sweet spice and sunbaked earth on the nose [combined] with cherry on the palate.”
The flavor of this wine really jumps up and bops you in the face. It’s very dry to start, but the succulent fruit flavor cuts it in a really lovely way. To me, it felt like the kind of wine that could stand on its own—it’s something I’d serve alongside snacks when friends come over, rather than something I’d pair with food. Not to say it wouldn’t go beautifully with food! I just think it’s kind of an experience in itself, and I want to let it shine!
2015 Wonderful Wine Co. White Blend – Value $13.00
The last wine in the box is a white blend—specifically, a blend of “Muscat, Viognier, and Gewürztraminer” (say that three times fast!) according to Winc. I don’t know nearly enough about wine to know what or how those wines impact the resulting flavor of this white wine. But I can say with authority that the packaging on this twist-top bottle is sooooo cute!
The flavors (which are supposedly lychee, elderflower, and white flower) are light and refreshing and downright springy. It’s not a fruity wine, but the dryness of the flavor isn’t overwhelming. It’s easy to drink, much like the Summer Water, with just a bit of crispness to keep things interesting. I found that drinking it alongside something salty made the subtle sweetness of the wine pop out in a lovely way. And similarly, a glass enjoyed with some caramel corn (a perfect pairing for The Bachelorette, am I right?) brought out the satisfying, refreshing dry notes.
Verdict: I really loved my first box from Winc! The wines they picked were right up my alley—there were adventurous, rich flavors that were a little outside the box, as well as summer-perfect, delightfully crowd-pleasing wines. I was shocked by how affordable these high-quality flavors are. The most expensive bottle here was only $15.00, which is what I’d expect to spend on a more run-of-the-mill wine at my local shop. I spent $54.00 on these four bottles (with free shipping!), which should last me at least the next month. I love keeping my kitchen stocked with wine, especially with all the social events that happen in summer. All in all, I’m impressed! And I can’t wait to see what they recommend for me next!
What do you think of Winc? What bottles did you pick this month?