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!
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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.)
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 June 2021 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.
Summer is here, and that means it's time for rosé! For my review this month, I thought it might be fun to do a 100% rosé box. I picked four that were calling to me (one of which is an old favorite), but there were a good few more to choose from. I really like that Winc has beefed up their rosé selection in time for summer.
2020 Cocomero Rosé— $16.99 (or $14.99 through the subscription)
California | Light & Dry | Low-Sugar, Low-Sulfur | 12.6% alcohol
I'm a fan of all kinds of different rosés, but my favorites are light, crisp, and fruity. Cocomero Rosé ticks all the right boxes for me. I first tried it several years ago, and it's one of my all-time favorite Winc wines. Whenever I see it's available, I can't help but add a bottle to my shipment. The fun begins with the packaging. Cocomero is inspired by watermelon, and when you scratch and sniff the label, it releases a sweet aroma that smells just like watermelon candy. I don't think I've ever seen a scratch and sniff wine label apart from this one, and I think it's such a fun and whimsical touch! In the glass, this wine is bright and fruity. There's a hint of citrus when you first sip that gives way to a juicier fruit flavor that's very watermelon-esque. A few months ago, I used this wine to make watermelon lemonade in the sangria challenge I hosted with my neighbors, and even without the additional ingredients, this wine tastes like lemons and watermelon. It would be delicious paired with grilled chicken or a fresh farmers' market salad, but it's also a great wine for sipping outside on the front porch. For me, this is the perfect summer wine. It's a 10/10!
2020 Sauvetage Rosé— $15.99 (or $13.99 through the subscription)
France | Light & Dry | Low-Sulfur, Vegan, Low-Sugar, Sustainable | 12.7% alcohol
Rosé always makes me think of summertime, so when I saw the decidedly beachy label on this bottle, I knew I had to give it a try. I was also intrigued to see that this bottle is from the south of France, the place best known for the summery rosés I know and love. Like Cocomero, Sauvetage is a dry wine with a lighter body, but the flavors are a little bit different. Winc recommends looking for notes of strawberry, raspberry, white flower, and wet stone, and the minerality is the first thing I noticed when I took a sip of this wine. There's a sophistication to Sauvetage that is just so utterly French. While the flavor is elegant, crisp, and reserved (no bursts of fruit here), the aroma has a subtle floral perfume that's just lovely. If Cocomero is a bottle of wine to drink while making popsicles and rolling out the Slip n' Slide in the backyard, Sauvetage is the wine to sip while wearing a giant floppy hat and designer swimwear on the Côte d'Azur. It tastes fancy.
2020 Loves Me Not Rosé— $14.99 (or $12.99 through the subscription)
California | Medium & Slightly Sweet | Low-Sulfur | 12.5% alcohol
When it comes to rosé, I tend to prefer wines that are lighter in body and pretty dry, but I try and challenge myself to order outside of my comfort zone from time to time. Something about this medium-bodied, slightly sweet rosé caught my attention. From the gorgeous floral label to the tasting notes of rose, lime, strawberry, and watermelon... well, I couldn't resist. The first sniff told me what I'd suspected, that this wine would have rounder, deeper flavors than my first two wine picks. I couldn't pick out the aromas of anything in particular, but there was a thickness and hint of sweetness that was enticing. The mouthfeel was different, too. Unlike the first two wines that were crisp and clean, this one has an unctuousness that lingers. It's definitely on the sweet side, and there's a syrupy quality that's not at all unpleasant, even to my dry leaning palate. Love grilling up spicy bbq or hot wings? This wine would be a great match.
2019 Au-Delà Pinot Gris— $28.99 (or $24.99 through the subscription)
California | Medium & Dry | Low-Sulfur, Low-Sugar, Organic, Sustainable | 13.2% alcohol
I usually stick with Winc wines that are on the lower end of their price spectrum, but every once in a while I like to splurge and try one of their more expensive offerings. I'm a big fan of Pinot Gris (and rosé, of course), so this seemed like a solid bet. Given the indulgence, my expectations for this bottle were very high. I'm not exactly sure what I thought I'd taste from this wine, but it surprised me. On the nose, the aroma is citrusy and sharp with an underlying sweetness. Tastewise, the medium body, and dry honey taste remind me a bit of Viognier, but there's a complex blend of flavors that's hard to pin down. Winc calls out notes of hibiscus, orange peel, pomegranate, and strawberry, and I think that's a pretty accurate profile-- though, to be honest, I'm not sure I'm able to isolate any of those flavors when I take a sip. Overall, I really like this wine. It's interesting and tasty, and it's definitely a wine that would truly shine with the right food pairing. Blood orange and arugula salad? Brown butter seared scallops? I can't wait to get cooking!
Verdict: I always look forward to my Winc shipments, and it was a lot of fun ordering an all-rosé box. I actually think this is one of the best Winc boxes I've ever received! While they're all a little bit different, I think all of the bottles are fantastic, and I can honestly say I would order each and every one of them again. If I had to pick a favorite? Ack. I feel a certain kind of loyalty to the Cocomero since it's been a favorite for so long, but I think the Sauvetage might have bested it. I'm a sucker for a classic French rosé, and Sauvetage was a knock-out. If you share my love and appreciation for rosé, I highly recommend checking out what Winc has to offer this summer!
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 curate your own selection, or let them choose a few bottles for you.
Value Breakdown: This box cost $66.96 for four full bottles of wine, but had a retail value of $76.96, so that's a savings of $10 by having the subscription. The per-bottle cost breaks down to $16.74.
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