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Winc Wine of the Month Review + Coupon – December 2020

Winc is a wine subscription box that re-imagines the traditional wine club by offering a regularly-changing selection of unique, small production wines that are sourced directly from vineyards and winemakers. It’s one of my favorite alcohol delivery options out there!

This box was sent at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About This Wine Subscription

The Subscription Box: Winc

The Cost: Bottles start at $12.99 each with a membership. (Shipping is free on orders of 4 or more bottles.)

COUPON: Get $20 off your first order! No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Small-lot wines, ciders, and sparkling options sourced directly from vineyards and winemakers.

Ships to: Eligible U.S. zip codes, which you can check through this link.

Winc December 2020 Review

When you sign up to join Winc, you take a six-question palate profile quiz to help determine your taste in wine. Based on your answers, Winc makes bottle recommendations for you every month. You can go along with their recommendations, choose your own bottles from their regularly changing selection, or skip the month completely. You can also take the palate profile test as often as you’d like.

 

The bottles are shipped in an upright cardboard box that has molded pieces to hold them in place. This helps prevent the bottles from bashing into one another during transport. The box is rather sturdy and has a convenient handle that makes it easy to carry.

 

2019 Yé-Yé White Blend — $15.99 (or $13.99 through the subscription)

Spain

Body: Light

Sweetness: Dry

Alcohol: 12.5%

Winemaking: Vegan, Low-Sulfur, Low-Sugar, Organic, Sustainable

Not that long ago, I was a regular Winc subscriber, but I’ve been on a break for a little while. This is my first box since resubscribing, and it was really hard for me to narrow down my selections. (There were quite a few bottles calling my name this month!) The first wine I settled on is a Spanish white blend. I picked out this bottle because I recognized the name; several years ago I picked up an Albariño that was released under the Yé-Yé label, and I liked it so much I still remember it well. This blend is another winner. It’s a very bright wine, with a smack of lemon that gives way to a fruitier, peachy finish. I tend to drink a lot of Sauvignon Blanc, and this wine is from the same flavor family. It’s fresh and crisp, and I really want to drink this with some herby and garlicky grilled shrimp.

 

2019 L’Atelier du Sud® White Blend— $16.99 (or $14.99 through the subscription)

Costières de Nîmes, France

Body: Light

Sweetness: Dry

Alcohol: 13.3%

Winemaking: Vegan, Low-Sulfur, Low-Sugar, Organic

Next up is another white blend, this time from France. I tasted all of these wines side-by-side while I was photographing them, and these first two were a lot alike. This one was also lemony and bright, but the fruit flavors were slightly more pronounced and the finish was a little smoother — kinda like the sharp edges had been rounded off. Winc promises that this wine will “evoke a Mediterranean state of mind,” and boy are they right about that. Sipping this wine made me long for the warmth of a summer seashore, and looking out my window at a cold December day made me feel very salty. 

 

2019 Pacificana® Pinot Grigio — $15.99 (or $13.99 through the subscription)

California

Body: Light

Sweetness: Dry

Alcohol: 13%

Sauvignon Blanc is my handy-dandy, go-to wine, but I’ve been on something of a Pinot Grigio kick lately. This one hails from California, and the flavor is a bit bolder than your standard Italian offering. It’s still exceedingly easy to drink, and there’s a minerality that’s really quite lovely. This is the wine I want to drink while I’m sitting outside in the sun having brunch with my buddies. But, since it’s the middle of winter and not quite ideal weather for dining al fresco, I think I’ll save this for a cozy roast chicken dinner.

 

NV Déclassé® Red Blend$22.99 (or $19.99 through the subscription)

California

Body: Medium

Sweetness: Dry

Alcohol: 13.2%

For my final pick this month, I decided to splurge just a little on a slightly more expensive red, and oh my goodness, am I glad I did! This wine is a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, and it’s blended to perfection. This wine is super yummy; to me, it tastes like cherry and licorice jam. Winc suggests pairing this wine with chocolate cake, which sounds utterly divine.

Verdict: It’s been a minute since I was a Winc member, and it sure is good to be back. All four of the wines I received in my box were delicious, and the red wine was a standout. It’s currently sold out, but Winc releases new vintages all the time; when Déclassé is back for sale, I’ll be first in line to buy another bottle. Without a subscription, the wines I received in this box would cost $71.96, but with a membership, it comes to $62.96— a $9 savings. For the wines I received, I think that price is fair. (And I really appreciate the convenience of having the wine shipped to my front door!)

Before I sign off, a quick question for YOU, dear reader. I’m going to be reviewing Winc regularly, and I’d love to know if there’s any additional content that you’d like to see included in these reviews. Would you like to see me try some of Winc’s featured recipes? Would you like food pairing recommendations? Should I attempt to concoct a sangria? Let me know your thoughts!

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. Not all of the wines I received are still available for purchase, but Winc releases new wines all the time. Sign up today and curate your own selection, or let them choose a few bottles for you.

COUPON: Get $20 off your first order! No coupon needed - just use this link.

Value Breakdown: This box cost $62.96 for four full bottles of wine, but had a retail value of $71.96, so that’s a savings of $9.00 by having the subscription. The per-bottle cost breaks down to $15.74.

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Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Winc Reviews, Wine Subscription Boxes| Tags: winc | 5 comments

Comments (5)

  1. I love my Winc subscription and I really love a lot of their wines, but I have been disappointed the last couple of months with their lack of stock and choices. I feel like I’m receiving the same wines over and over again. They have been out of stock of rose and cider for months and it makes me sad 😔

  2. I’ve tried Winc and a couple other online wine clubs. I think it’s convenient and cool that they deliver wine right to your door (provided someone over 21 is there to sign for it). As far as value, I’m not always sure you are getting the best bang for your buck in wine quality. The area I live in has a huge wine emporium, and I can purchase higher quality wines for more economical prices that what these “clubs” tend to offer. I think wine clubs can be good for folks who are not able to get out and pick up there own wine. There are also many fantastic wineries that offer shipping and club pricing that I would suggest going with before I did Winc.

    • Thanks for commenting, Peg! We just got our first Total Wine where I live, and it’s taken the city by storm. It really is incredible to shop in an emporium filled with so many wines from all over the world. (My husband jokes that we have to block off time in our schedule every time we go because I am incapable of shopping quickly. I love getting lost and exploring all the different options!)

  3. Hi Lindsey.I just got my first 4 wines last week. What great service to get them before Christmas. I did not expect such quick delivery. I received 4 different whites and the first one I tried is a 5 star for me. I just can’t figure out if I am missing something with the subscription? Do they just bill you for the member rate each month depending on the wines they select? I know you need four bottles for free shipping.
    I would like to see more descriptive words for the wines. I love that you include the body and sweetness.
    I look forward to more reviews. Thanks.

    • Hi Jody! So glad to hear you’re enjoying your wines so far! Here’s what I found on the Winc site regarding billing: “If you do not make a purchase and do not ‘Skip the Month’ at least three (3) days before your Experience Date, your credit card will be charged an automatic monthly membership fee of $59.95 redeemable for member credits.” I’m looking forward to reviewing this box again next month, and I appreciate the feedback. Thanks for reading!

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