Wine Awesomeness Box Review + Coupon – July 2017
Wine Awesomeness is a monthly wine subscription that specializes in rare and unusual wines. They seek out “the coolest, craveworthiest wines” with plenty of crowd-pleasing appeal. The curatorial team includes a Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year! So far, this subscription has been a really fun way for me to expand on my amateur knowledge of wine. I’m excited to see what the team picked to send along this month!
Each Wine Awesomeness box comes with three wines. You choose whether you’d like the “All Red”, “All White” (with a chance of rosé or bubbly), or the “Variety” (with a chance of rosé or bubbly) plan—they’re all $45.00 per month. I’m down to explore the world outside the reds I typically drink, so I chose the “Variety” plan. If you’re a more frequent wine drinker, or if you just want to grow your collection a little faster, Wine Awesomeness does offer all of their monthly selections for $75.00 per shipment in a plan called “The Six Pack.”
Want to change your Wine Awesomeness preferences, skip a shipment, or cancel altogether? You can do all of the above via your online account at any time.
The shipment came in a giant, nondescript cardboard box. Inside, the bottles were safely sitting in specially made cardboard trays, which successfully kept them still, stable, and in great condition. No leaks or cracks here!
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This review is for the Variety plan, which is $45.00 per monthly box.
The Subscription Box: Wine Awesomeness
The Cost: $45 a month for 3 bottles of all red, all white, or a variety of red and white wines. $75.00 per month to receive all 6 monthly selections (of reds and whites).
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to get 20% off.
The Products: Three bottles of wine “curated for adventurous souls.”
Ships to: U.S. (Including states most other alcohol subscriptions don’t ship to, like PA and OK!)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wish list!
Wine Awesomeness has its own mini magazine in lieu of a traditional information card or booklet. It’s called “The Back Label,” after the back of the wine label. This month, the theme is “West Coast Best Coast.”
I love that this booklet includes all kinds of information about how to make your wine “experience” even better. Think playlist recommendations, recipes for food pairings, and more!
2016 Banyan Gewurtztraminer, 750 ml – Value $8.95
This wine was delightful! I had some at the end of a long day, and it was a delicious treat to kick off the evening. The booklet describes this wine as having flavors of “white rose petal and citrus potpourri, your grandmother’s powdery perfume tasseled in salty ocean air and candied pineapple wedges.” And they’re not wrong! The winemaker behind this recipe aimed to make wine that would complement the Thai cuisine of his heritage, and I can totally see that. I love the slightly sweet, slightly savory balance of flavors in curry, for example, and this wine shares that same mystique. It’s primarily peachy and fresh, but it’s not overwhelming or dessert-like. It goes down so easy and tastes equally refreshing and relaxing.
2013 Graef Chardonnay, 750ml – Value $17.00
This is the second white wine in the box, but the flavor here is totally different than the first. It’s acidic and a bit challenging—the booklet says it “tastes like herbs and lemon curd spread thin on a caramel rice cake.” It’s sweet but sharp at the same time, and dare I say, I tasted a note that reminded me, surprisingly enough, of a smoky cheese. This is the kind of thing I would serve at a fancy dinner party, or anywhere where I wanted to show off to some foodie friends!
2014 Rotation Red Blend, 750ml – Value $14.00
The sole red in this month’s box was rich and almost smoky in flavor. The booklet says it has “black pepper notes that complement a burger better than your most patriotic tank top.” Yes! This wine is a fun, jammy red wine that’s been sitting out by the grill all day. It’s not a wine I feel like I could drink a lot of (just a small pour complimenting my grilled meal will do just fine), but it’s so surprisingly tasty that I’ll be looking forward to the next glass immediately.
Verdict: This box was fantastic and perfect for summer! As usual, the booklet that came with the wines was super informative and just plain fun to read. And for $45.00, I got about $40.00 of wine (though I feel like the estimate for the first bottle is on the low side) and some more much-appreciated education on wine, wine culture, and how best to enjoy them. So I think this is still a solid deal.
Have you tried Wine Awesomeness? What do you think?