Winc Wine of the Month Subscription Review + Coupon – July 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!
In lieu of a booklet or information card, Winc packs an entire magazine into each shipment!
There are essays, information about wine and wine culture, and profiles about each bottle that’s up for grabs this month.
The design is so crisp and colorful. It definitely adds to the experience.
2015 Wayward Wine Co. Clarksburg Chardonnay, 750ml – Value $13.00
This month, I chose to get all of the wines that Winc recommended for me, rather than pick and choose between those wines and other ones on the menu. Weirdly enough, this wine doesn’t appear in the booklet that came with the box, so I had to refer to the site for information on it. I found that this wine started smooth but surprised me with a pop of acidity as it went down. The site describes it as “a full-bodied, dry Chardonnay, with smooth rich texture,” and says that it tastes like “oak aging in flavors of caramel and butterscotch.” I definitely picked up on some kind of vanilla-like notes that give this wine a nice drinkability.
2016 Finke’s Widow Field Blend Sparkling Chardonnay, 750ml – Value $13.00
A sparkling wine? Yes, please! This wine was as bright and refreshing as a champagne, but with less overwhelming sweetness. The site says this Chardonnay has a dry, crisp taste with “pineapple, peach, and floral aromas.” I definitely picked up the peachy vibes—it’s subtle but just enough to make each bubbly sip feel deliciously summery. I wonder how this would do in place of champagne in a mimosa? I’ll have to play around and see what I can create. It definitely tastes fun and party-perfect.
2016 Alma Libre Red Wine Blend, 750ml – Value $13.00
This red has the prettiest label! The flavor is just as woodsy and wild as the image on the label. I found it to be surprisingly earthy—the site describes it as “an earthy, herbal, spicy wine with notes of green pepper, tomato leaf, and forest floor.” It’s not the kind of thing I’d see myself drinking on its own or serving at a party, but if I were grilling something hearty, I could see this being the perfect, foodie-friendly complement to a rustic meal.
2016 The Bluffer Paso Robles Valdiguié, 750ml – Value $13.00
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you—I totally goofed it and punched the cork into the bottle as I was turning the corkscrew into it. It was in there surprisingly loosely! So yes, there is a cork floating in the photo of the bottle above. Wine amateur over here.
Apart from the unintended cork component, this wine was super plummy and rich. The site notes that it has flavors of cabbage (weirdly accurate), plum (told ya), and rhubarb, which make a bold wine with a big first impression. I’d never heard of Valdiguié before, but I really like it! It’s a juicier, full-flavored wine that would be great to kick back with on a sunny Sunday night.
Verdict: As usual, I really enjoyed my Winc box! All of these were wines recommended to me by Winc, and I liked how they appealed to the wide spectrum of my tastes. Each bottle was right in line with (if not slightly less than) what I’d pay for similar quality wines at the wine shop, so I felt like I got more than my money’s worth. And that booklet? I just love it! The whole experience is pretty, informative, and most importantly, very pleasing to my palate!
What do you think of Winc? What bottles did you pick this month?