Wine Awesomeness “Back to Basics” Box Review + Coupon – April 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 “Back to Basics” April 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 little cartoon!
I also got a promo card for Bean Box, a coffee subscription. (Nab your own coupon here!)
2016 Giuliano Rosati Montepulciano Abruzzo – Retail Value $17.00
Red wine is my fave, so I’m always eager to try the ones that pop up in this subscription box. To me, this one has a bit of spiciness to it, it’s fruity, and it has a forest-after-the-rain vibe running through it. The booklet describes it more eloquently as floral, “like the potpourri in your friend’s unused guest bathroom.” What I call “forest” vibes, they refer to as “spicy fall leaves, wilted roses, and juicy red fruit notes of cherry, plum, and raspberry.” So maybe I’m not that far off with my wine lingo! At the very least, I was spot on about thinking this wine was deliciously easy to drink—Wine Awesomeness says in the booklet that this wine is perfect for “eating and drinking with best friends late into the night.”
2017 Estampa Reserva Viognier Chardonnay – Retail Value $18.00
Reds are my go-to, but thanks to this subscription, I’ve been really learning to love white wines. Like, really really love them! I found this one to be refreshing and friendly with a lot of unique notes going on—gentle fruitiness, sweetness, and maybe a few floral flavors, too? (I’m trying to get better at identifying florals, which I usually think are just some kind of dry, fresh fruit, hehe!) The booklet describes the flavors as “round, underripe oranges. Crunchy yellow leaves, freshly budding white jasmine, and clean white sand.” Gorgeous. It’s easy drinking enough that I could see pairing this with a solo dinner (you know, the kind of thing where you’re eating right out of the pan/bowl you cooked things in while you watch Netflix on the couch), or sharing it with friends on a game night.
2017 Antipasto Sangiovese, 2 cans – Total Retail Value $18.00 ($9.00 per can)
Now, what do we have here?! These pretty cans are a totally new kind of packaging that I didn’t expect for a wine, let alone a red. According to the info booklet, this wine is made via “carbonic maceration”, which ferments grapes whole. The process has a faster turn-around time than most wines. The flavor of this wine is super fruity and maybe it’s just that it comes in a can, but the vibe is just… well… fun. It feels like a perfect summer picnic wine. The booklet likens it to being “at the beach, your toes digging deep into the sand.”
The Verdict: I really enjoyed what I got in this edition of Wine Awesomeness. I’m used to getting three full bottles, so I appreciated that they sent me two of the canned wines, rather than just one small guy. I’ve gotta make note of the white wine, which is a new favorite now! I really love food and learning about food, so this subscription is always a lot of fun for me. I think they knock it out of the park with the thorough, approachable (and downright creative) ways they describe wine and wine culture in their monthly mini magazine. Even if I get really nice upper-shelf wines from the store, I tend to appreciate the wines that I get via this box more, since I have the information to help me understand the nuances of what I’m drinking. The cost breaks down to about $15.00 per bottle, so it’s a solid value to me. (Usually, I spend around $15.00 when I’m aimlessly picking things at the wine store, and these bottles retail for a couple dollars more!)
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). I got $53.00 worth of wine in the box, meaning that proportionally, I paid the following for each item:
- Red – $14.43
- White – $15.28
- Cans – $15.28 (or $7.64 per can)
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Have you tried Wine Awesomeness? What do you think?