Wine Awesomeness Box Review + Coupon – August 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 wines arrive 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 “Unsung Heroes”. I always like flipping through this charismatic little book. They include everything from flavor notes to the perfect song to pair with each wine!
2010 Broken Earth Winery Petit Verdot, 750 ml – Value $22.00
This is just about the perfect red wine for my palate. It’s deep and bold, with just the right amount of acidity to keep things interesting, but not distract from the earthy berry flavor. As the experts put it in the booklet, “This wine tastes like laying in a pile of freshly raked autumn leaves eating blueberries straight out of the carton while wearing a terrycloth navy blue Juicy sweatsuit.” Boom. This wine does feel strangely perfect for the crisper, cooler evenings to come as we move towards fall. If I had gotten this wine earlier in the summer, it may have felt too bold for a hot day. I want to break out a few hunks of good cheese and kick back with this wine.
2016 Clot d’Encis Blanco White Grenache, 750 ml – Value $20.00?
I just took a guess at the value of this wine, since it was super hard to find a price for online. This wine has a smooth, almost creamy vibe to it, followed by a subtle acidic zip—it’s going to sound weird, but it reminded me a bit of the mild, yet tangy taste of yogurt. It’s got soft fruitiness to it, too, making it a lovely wine to sip on a summer afternoon. The booklet suggests pairing it with a little N*Sync. Don’t mind if I do…
2015 Mon Sant Sola Fred Carignan, 750 ml – Value $20.00?
This was another one that was tricky to find online. I loved this red, which I felt had a bit more pop to it than the other red in the box. I couldn’t put my finger on what the differentiating flavors were, but when I read “black peppercorn” in the booklet, I was like, “YES!” The booklet goes on to say that drinking this wine is like “smashed cranberry and awkward elbows touching at holiday parties with unfamiliar people.” HA! I don’t know if I feel that awkward elbows bit, but it does have a pleasantly mineral undertone to it that’s muddled beneath a mild helping of rich, meaty fruit.
Verdict: It was tricky to find two of these three bottles online, which I’m taking to mean that they’re just generally rarer here in the states. What I can say, in terms of value, is that I got 3 bottles of really delicious, crowd-pleasing wines for $45.00, which is what I could probably spend on two bottles of higher-quality wines at my local wine shop. I can’t wait to show these wines off! My only qualm is that they weren’t listed on the Wine Awesomeness site shop (not many wines currently are), so if I want to find another bottle, it may prove difficult.
Have you tried Wine Awesomeness? What do you think?