Bright Cellars is a monthly wine subscription that matches you to wine based on seven question quiz that helps to identify your wine palate.
Bright Cellars was founded by two MIT grads with a passion for wine and technology. Using your “taste palate quiz” you are given a 4-bottle recommendation to review. You can either agree with their selections and proceed to purchase, or you can switch out one or more of the bottles. Since this is my first month, I went with the recommended bottles as I was unfamiliar with the brands offered.
I love that there are options to be adventurous and that you can pick all red, all white, or a mix. I’m a white drinker – my husband a red – so I love that this one subscription can meet both of our individual needs and be flexible from month to month.
You're asked to rate each bottle using a quick survey tool to help the algorithm become smarter and more in tune with your taste profile going forward. After the first month, the system uses your ratings to improve your future matches.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Bright Cellars
The Subscription Box: Bright Cellars
The Cost: $60 + $8 shipping
ACTIVE DEAL: Get $50 off your first month! No coupon needed - just use this link.
The Products: 4 bottles of wine selected based on your taste profile
Ships to: U.S. where it is legal to receive wine by mail. If you’re uncertain whether you can receive wine shipments, contact the Bright Cellars Wine Concierge at [email protected].
Good To Know: You can adjust your shipment frequency in your settings. An adult 21+ must be present at the time of delivery to sign for the shipment. There is an option to add a cheese pairing to your box for $48, this includes 4 kinds of cheese ranging in size from 5-8 oz. each.
November 2018 Bright Cellars "Cocktails To Fall For" Review
What does Bright Cellars have in store for me this month? Let’s find out! As a reminder, my preferences are set for the red & white mixed-choice, and this month I received three whites and one red.
There was also a 20% coupon (& free shipping) for Dermstore, an online drugstore that sells some of my favorite beauty brands and a 20% coupon for your first month at WatchGang, a watch subscription club (check out our Watch Gang reviews).
Thrive+ Alcohol Health Sample (4 capsules) – Buy 30 capsules for $29.99
Ha, and this one made me laugh. This month a sample the Thrive+ alcohol health dietary supplement was included. You’re supposed to take 2-4 capsules after your last alcoholic beverage or before going to bed to make your morning a little easier! Where were these beauties in college?
An educational insert is also always included. This month, the theme is “Cocktails To Fall For” and provides three yummy fall wine-based cocktail recipes!
Life in the Woods Moscato 2017 (California, USA) – Retail Value $21.00
Tasting Notes: Guava, Peach, Pear, Tangerine, Honeysuckle
Alluring aromas of juicy peaches, pears, and tangerines draw you into this ripe, fruity California Moscato. Tropical flavors of guava, passionfruit, and mango linger on the palate along with balancing acidity. When pairing this wine with food, try bridging some of the flavors- look for dishes that incorporate tropical flavors like a pineapple salsa or mango chutney.
This was a medium sweetness Moscato, and I loved it! Don’t be fooled by the twist off top, it’s a really solid wine that is sure to please a crowd. My old college roommate and I are happy to report she quite enjoyed it as well!
BATIK MUSCAT OF ALEXANDRIA 2017 (California, USA) – Retail Value $21.00
Tasting Notes: Peach, Pear, Mango, Orange Blossom, Honey
Ripe, juicy, and sweet, this Muscat of Alexandria is full of tropical and stone fruit flavors like mango, orange blossom, and peach. The sweetness in this wine perfectly complements spicy foods on the palate, so try pairing this with everything from harissa spiced chicken to bibimbap with gochujang to your favorite curry!
I thought this wine was really sweet – but I enjoyed it. I especially loved the beautiful label, this is a wine I'd suggest having on hand for a housewarming or girlfriend "just because" gift! It was far too sweet for my husband though, he took one sip and said "yuck" – I didn't mind though, more for me!
VOYAGE DANS LE VENT VIN BLANC 2016 (Vin de France) – Estimated Value $15.00
Tasting Notes: Lemon, Lime, Apple, Peach, Floral
Dark A delightfully crisp French White Blend, this wine is full of zesty citrus flavors like lemon curd and ripe peach. Finishing with floral notes and bright acidity, this wine pairs beautifully with fresh cheeses or a salad with vinaigrette.
This was my favorite of the white wines included this month. It was a light, crisp blend and had more of a pinot grigio taste than the other sweeter wines sampled this month. I thought it was balanced, had good body, and was yum-diddles.
LETTERFORM RED BLEND (Sonoma County, California) - Estimated Value $15.00
Tasting Notes: Cherry, Raspberry, Mocha, Baking Spice, Earth
A Red Blend from Sonoma County, this wine comprises five different varietals- Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Red fruit-driven, with earthy, spicy notes in the finish, this medium-bodied wine has a bright acidity, allowing it to pair well with everything from a grilled salmon burger to a sausage and mushroom pizza.
My husband LOVED this wine. I think it’s pretty cool that this blend literally had 5 different varietals, blended to be perfectly balanced and drinkable. It was fruit forward, my husband thought it had a bit of vanilla to it, and a nice finish. Well done Letterform, well done.
Verdict: The Bright Cellars subscription cost is $60 + $8 shipping, making each bottle $17. I think that after reviewing this box for about 8 months they totally get me! I love the wines that they selected for me this month, they were all big hits in my house. I think that this box is well worth the value, I would definitely pay $20 for each one of these bottles, and love getting them shipped to me at a slight discount.
The Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Because of the variation, it’s unlikely that you would get the same items that I’m showing here. At this time, all 4 of these wines are available to purchase by the case.
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