Wine Awesomeness Box Review + Coupon – March 2018
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!
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. (This is 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.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
This review is for the Variety plan, which is $45.00 per monthly box.
About Wine Awesomeness, a Wine of the Month Club
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: US (including states most other alcohol subscriptions don’t ship to, like PA and OK) for free!
Wine Awesomeness “Lost in the Sauce” March 2018 Box Review
This subscription box always comes with a mini-magazine called The Back Label. This month’s edition not only contains the usual wine information, pairings, engaging articles, and recipe ideas, but also a word scramble!
I also got a promo card for Bean Box, a coffee subscription. (Nab your own coupon here!)
2016 Domaine de la Damase Grenache
Whoops! I went to uncork this wine and the bottle opener shoved the cork into the bottle! I’m not strong enough to do that on accident—at least the cork didn’t pop out of the bottle mid-shipment! This wine has a deep, spicy vibe to it that I really like. The booklet puts it more poetically, of course: “Notes of espresso beans and hazelnut waft from the glass after it’s had a few moments to open up. You’ll also find hints of pink peppercorns and green waxy grass, prunes, and cranberries on the nose.” Yum! They recommend pairing it with a rich duck ragu. It’s definitely bold enough to handle big, rich, hearty flavors.
2014 Christopher Michael Red Blend – Retail Value $13.99
I’m not super adept at describing the nuances of red wines, but on my first sip of this one, the word “earthy” immediately popped into my mind. It’s got that weird mix of black pepper and fruity flavor that’s a little like the air smells in a deep forest. Okay, that’s the best as I can do, haha! But it sounds like I wasn’t far off! The booklet describes the wine as having “a smell of a forest after rain, wet, cold earth, and damp orange and slightly crunchy brown leaves.” They note that the “nose” of the wine is “black tea and smoky ground black pepper. Dark fruits and blackberry pie filling.” Black pepper is one of those flavors I never knew how to define. Now that I know what it is I’m tasting, I feel like I’m finding it everywhere!
2016 Underwood Rosé – Retail Value $14.00
Hooray for rosé! Who cares if it’s trendy? Rosé is delicious, and this light, sweet, crisp rosé was a delight in a glass. Something about the slightly mineralish flavor makes it just sparkle across the tongue. Plus, how gorgeous does it look bottled up in Underwood’s clean, dapper branding? The booklet describes the nose of this wine as “clean with a slight touch of brine, sea-salt-crusted, ultra-juicy peaches and cantaloupe.” They also call it a “lean, fruit-driven rosé that slaps a smile on your face.” So true. This wine has me dreaming of summer days sipping wine on the patio!
The Verdict: I really enjoyed this edition of Wine Awesomeness. The wines were all delicious, and I’m eager to try some of the sauce pairings they suggest in the booklet and see how they complement the flavor of the wines. I’ve been exploring the world of wines through Wine Awesomeness for awhile now—it’s the primary way I learn about wines. Sure I’ve had really nice wines out at dinner, but there’s something about sitting down with one of these bottles that makes the tasting experience really fun and significant. I think because I see the flavors broken down and described in the booklet, I appreciate the nuances of each wine much more than I might out at a restaurant. So in a weird way, I end up enjoying these wines more than I might enjoy an expensive bottle out on the town, just because of the experience Wine Awesomeness creates. Plus, the cost is perfect for my wine budget. Not inexpensive, but not top-shelf, either.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Every Wine Awesomeness box is curated specifically to the recipient’s tastes. What’s in the box depends on your responses to their easy questionnaire and also what’s available at the time. It’s likely you won’t end up with the exact same wines that I did, but you might get something even better suited to your palate!
Coupon – Get your first box for $29! No coupon required, just use this link
Value Breakdown: This box of three wines cost $45.00 (shipping is free). The two wines I could find online have a total retail value of $27.99, meaning the last wine must be worth about $17.01. The average cost of all three bottles, based on the price of the subscription, is $15.00.
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Have you tried Wine Awesomeness? What do you think?