Winc Wine of the Month Subscription Review + Coupon – August 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!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
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 usually publishes a mini magazine with its boxes, but this month, just this postcard came with the wines. I guess they’re on vacay! I’m a little bumme since the magazine is usually what I turn to in order to learn about the wines I got.
2016 Far and Wide Touriga Nacional – Value $13.00
This red blend hails from Portugal and features one of the cooler looking labels I’ve seen on a bottle of wine (so crisp, eye-catching, and even a little mod in a way). The wine is really light and refreshing, especially for a red, but it has a nice acidity, a fruity richness, and even a spicy sharpness to it. It’s a lot of different vibes at once, so it’s not something I’d just kick back with, but it’s definitely something I’d serve as a complement to a tasty meal. (The Winc site suggests barbecue, which sounds awesome!)
2016 Pacificana Chardonnay – Value $13.00
I literally never drank white wines before I started getting wine subscription boxes. I wrongly thought that they were a little dime a dozen, or not as flavorful as reds. How wrong I’ve been! Now that I’ve gotten to explore wines through Winc, I’ve discovered a lot of whites with vasty different flavor profiles. This chardonnay is one of my faves that I’ve tried—it’s got a combo of smoothness and acidity that I love in reds, but with a gently sweet, pear-like fruitiness. Winc says this wine goes great with pasta in cream sauce. I can totally picture a night in snuggled on the couch with a good movie, a bowl of fettucine alfredo, and a big glass of this wonderful wine!
2016 Cocomero Rosé – Value $13.00
Ugh, I can’t help it—I love rosé! Who cares if it’s trendy? It’s delicious! This one is supremely summery, with a watermelon freshness and fruitiness to it (if you couldn’t tell by the adorable label). I tried this room temperature at first (like, right out of the box) out of curiosity, and it was good then. But it really comes alive after being in the fridge for a few hours. I feel like I should be sipping this in a fancy oceanside infinity pool…
2013 Un Paso Mas Red Blend – Value $13.00
Our final wine is this red blend from Spain. It goes down easy, but the flavor is a little elusive. It’s very earthy—not in a mushroomy way, but in that it tastes like… the way the air in a damp forest smells. And it’s delicious. (Just trust me on this one.) There’s an undercurrent of gentle dark fruitiness (Winc cites fig as the fruit flavor) and a zip of spiciness (but not in an abrasive or surprising way). I really liked this wine. It seems like something that’d go great with a group of close friends and a campfire.
Verdict: I loved this month’s Winc box, though I did miss the mini magazine! Luckily, Winc’s website has a lot of info on each wine if you have the chance to look up the bottles. There’s something very cool about Winc—their packaging has a great, fresh aesthetic, and even the labels on the wines themselves feature awesome, modern-feeling designs. And then, of course, there’s the wine! There are bottles I liked more than others, but on the whole, everything was delicious, and more importantly, unique. At $13.00 per bottle, I feel like I’m getting an amazing deal on great flavors!
What do you think of Winc? What bottles did you pick this month?