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.
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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
Winc January 2018 Review
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 supported by 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!
It makes me feel at ease that all of my wine made it safely through shipping!
I'm always doing some soft-recruiting to help me review things (usually, food) so I got into these bottles with a couple of girlfriends over at my place while we talked about feelings and the future of America. You know, the usual.
Now let's get drunk... I mean, let's get to the wine.
2016 Pacificana Chardonnay, 750 ml - Retail Value $16.99 (or $13.00 through the subscription)
This Chardonnay was a favorite of Kelly's and I ended up drinking this with the takeout we ordered. Normally this is paired with fish or a suggested creamy pasta, but I got a turkey salad from a local Mediterranean spot and I think it was a good way to wash it down. I had about 2 glasses of this in a row and was feeling fine the next day which is a win for me. The other great thing about this wine is that Winc has partnered with "1% for the Planet" which means that 1% of all their sales from this bottle go toward benefiting and preserving the environment.
2017 Alma Libre Sauvignon Blanc, 750 ml - Retail Value $16.99 (or $13.00 through the subscription)
From: Casablanca, Chile
Last month I tried a Pinot from this brand and recalled loving none if their whites. Well, it came up in my suggestions this month so I went for it again! I can't put my finger on what about this wine I liked so much, but the tasting notes mention citrus, grapefruit, and guava which may be the ticket. I love tropical and citrus fruits and also go for a less sweet white when I can. Add a super light body and you've got me! This is said to pair well with equally lighter foods like shellfish and veggies. It makes me wish we were mid-summer instead of nearing the brutal end of winter.
2016 Kin & Country Merlot, 750 ml - Retail Value $16.99 (or $13.00 through the subscription)
From: Lodi, California
A wine that pairs well with burgers, cheeses, and bbq?! Well, hello there! I am always into reds that are on the drier side, so this one fits the bill. Since I was just drinking with the gals this time, I didn't get to enjoy this with a juicy cheeseburger, but I could see how it would compliment it. The tasting notes mention blueberry, cherry, dried herbs which is perfect for the dreary winter and freezing cold temps outside.
2016 Copycat Tempranillo, 750 ml - Retail Value $16.99 (or $13.00 through the subscription)
From: Clarksburg, California
I'll be honest, I picked this solely based on the label. I think that's how a lot of us wine rookies choose. I could not pass up this cute kitty in a lion's mane, so here we are. My girlfriends Kelly and Ash are much more advanced wine connoisseurs than I and though they got through this whole bottle with me, they pointed out that it isn't the highest quality tasting wine because of the tannin/metallic flavor they picked up. Ash knew she'd have a hangover the next day, and boy did she ever.
Verdict: Winc is a great way to try a myriad of different wines from all over. Their selection is vast and they carry wines starting from $13 up to $38. This is also a great way to have wines stocked for company so you don't have to make a special trip the state store. I always look forward to discovering new things and having my friends over to weigh in so we can all learn something while we gab and drink. Plus, by ordering through Winc I got $3 off each bottle of wine.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Since Winc allows you to choose your wine, you can get any combination you'd like any month. Sign up today and you're welcome to curate your own or let them choose.
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Value Breakdown: This box cost $52.00 for four full bottles of wine, but had a retail value of $67.96.
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Which of the wines I got from Winc this month would you share with your gal pals?