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.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (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
Winc March 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!
Sometimes there are some reading materials with the wine. This month came with an envelope with several offers.
Next, there's a card with a website listed to redeem a free month of Bean Box, a coffee subscription.
Finally, there is a card from Winc that mentions Women's History Month and a link to a blog post about women in wine.
The other side talks about Winc Select, an upgrade that features the "most exceptional wines" they offer.
Now, let's get to the wines!
2016 Selected Works Chardonnay, 750 ml - Retail Value $36.99 (or $28 through the subscription)
Winemaking: Eco-friendly and vegan
This one clearly has a really unique bottle design, which is by an artist named Daniel Fletcher. I think it'd be cool to have "wine bottle artist" on my resume. Even though this one is marked as dry, my novice palette thought it was quite sweet. I drank it while lying in bed and watching Unsolved Mysteries and soon after got a pretty severe headache that lasted until the morning. Why does this happen to meeeeee?
2016 Summer Water Rosé, 750 ml - Retail Value $21.99 (or $17 through the subscription)
Central Coast, California
Strangely enough, I can't recall ever drinking a rosé before! Summer Water seemed to be pretty popular across the internet at one point, so I wanted to give it a whirl. At first sip, I thought it was tart, which I enjoyed. It kind of tingles all over my tongue, and would make a really refreshing summer drink, as assumed.
2017 Mercana Malbec, 750 ml - Retail Value $18.99 (or $15 through the subscription)
Winemaking: Eco-friendly and vegan
My Dad came in from Ohio to visit and we cracked this one open when I made us some pasta and garlic bread. He is much more versed in wine than I am, so I was eager to get his opinions. He found it to be quite fragrant with notes of cherry and citrus. It's dry yet still sweet and has complex flavors. I liked this one quite a bit, definitely more than the following Grenache. Since Winc suggests eating this with pizza (uh, yes plz) I think it went perfectly with the pasta.
2016 QTY Grenache, 750 ml - Retail Value $36.99 (or $28 through the subscription)
El Dorado, California
I've never had a Grenache before, so I didn't really know what to expect. My Dad and I both found it to be sweet and almost like a dessert wine (perhaps its the black raspberry notes) to drink after dinner even though Winc suggests eating it with ribs, pork, lamb, or veggies. This particular one is from a small 12-barrel batch fermented for nine months in neutral French oak. Fancy!
Verdict: This month I received two reds, a white, and a rosé from Winc. I have been doing a mix of picking some of my own while taking their suggestions for some as well. This time, I found everything to be sweet even though that's not necessarily what is said on the site. I'm trying to expand my palette but this is harder than I thought! The Summer Water and Malbec came out on top for me this time, and the other two, not so much.
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.
Coupon – Save $20 off your first order! No coupon is required, just use this link.
Value Breakdown: This box cost $88.00 for four full bottles of wine, but had a retail value of $114.96, so I saved $26.96 by having the subscription!
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