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Winc Wine of the Month September 2022 Review

Becca Peterson
ByBecca PetersonSep 25, 2022 | 0 comments

Winc
3.9 overall rating
24 Ratings | 13 Reviews

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.

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

First Impressions

 

Winc shipments are delivered in a durable cardboard box complete with molded separators to keep the bottles safe and sound in transit.

The Wines

Being on the cusp of fall, there is nothing more comforting than cozying up to the fireplace, glass of wine in hand. I love wine, but mulling over the seemingly never-ending aisles at the liquor store, leaves me overwhelmed. All of the bottles are incredibly beautiful, but between the varying price points, and lack of information on the label makes my head spin. This is where the benefits of a Winc subscription comes in. Not only does this website create a list of wines you might enjoy based on a quick quiz, but the more reviews you submit, the more in tune with your palette this subscription becomes! Giving you the choice of choosing your own wines after reading the detailed descriptions, or creating a box just for you, the possibilities are nearly endless, and you are sure to enjoy your selections. Not only do you receive your bottles of wine, but you also will receive pairing options, recipes, and nutritional information. How convenient! Now let's get tasting!

2020 Yé-Yé Macabeo - $15.99 (Member Price $13.99)

 

  • Body: light
  • Sweetness: dry
  • Alcohol: 12.5%

Originally a popular style of music in early 1960s Europe, “yé-yé” has evolved to mean having optimism and enthusiasm for current trends — and that’s translated into our interpretation of the exciting modernization of Spanish winemaking. Thanks to the worldwide surge of interest in Spanish wine, the nation’s industry has transformed into one in which vintners utilize old and new techniques alongside each other to produce truly exceptional bottlings. This Macabeo is sourced from vineyards at higher elevations that see large temperature swings between day and night. This heating and cooling result in slower-ripening, grapes with more complexity of flavor. You can expect telltale varietal notes of citrus, melon and hazelnut with a bright finish.

I typically prefer light wines, and I am in love with this delicious Spanish wine. Pairing perfectly with Thai, shellfish, veggies, and fries, this dry wine has notes of citrus, grapefruit, honey, and melon. If you aren't a fan of wine, or don't know where to start, this bottle is fantastic for newbies. My husband prefers a bottle of Grain Belt over wine anyday, but he actually enjoyed this bottle. A definite keeper, and was rated and reviewed as such!

2020 Sauvetage Sauvignon Blanc - $19.99 (Member Price $17.99)

 

  • Body: light
  • Sweetness: dry
  • Alcohol: 13%

You may think you know Sauvignon Blanc, but the 2020 Sauvetage is here to shake things up. This little French number is vinified as naturally as possible, which lets the true spirit of the wine shine through and the respect paid to the fruit really shows. Snappy tropical, citrus, and white stone fruits are abundant on the nose, and the palate is tied up with a minerally finish. This is a home run with creamy cheeses and early spring dishes featuring asparagus, green peas, artichokes, or white fish.

This French wine has a lovely and intriguing description, so I added it to my cart. Also of the light variety, it is said to pair well with poultry, sushi, cheeses, and veggies. With tasting notes of gooseberry, lemon rind, pineapple, and pink grapefruit, I thought for sure this would be one of my faves, but sadly it wasn't. With an interesting aroma right out of the bottle, I knew there was something hardcore citrusy going on here, and while I enjoy a tropical flavor, this was not it. Maybe it would be better if I tried it out with cream cheese like the website description states, but I just honestly couldn't get over the smell.

2020 Les Hauts De Lagarde Rosé - $27.99 (Member Price $23.99)

 

  • Body: light
  • Sweetness: dry
  • Alcohol: 12.5%

When most people think of Bordeaux, they think of big, bold (expensive) red wines, but this region also produces delicious rosés, like this enticingly fruity blend. Eight generations of winemakers have grown grapes in this vineyard that benefits from lots of sunshine, gravelly soils ideal for viticulture, and a mild climate. The Les Hauts de Lagarde Bordeaux Rosé offers abundant notes of stone fruit, white and pink flowers, and a touch of honey. Easy drinking and warm weather-friendly, enjoy this little slice of Bordeaux with seafood salad, grilled chicken breast served with roasted summer vegetables, or a light and airy cheese soufflé. 

Admittedly, I made a bit of a mistake when I chose this French Rosé as I also chose it last month. While I loved the grapefruit, orange zest, rose petal, and strawberry flavors, I reviewed (and loved) this wine last month! I try to vary it up between the colors and brands of wine each month, and thought I had selected new ones I haven't yet tried, but I made a mistake. Anyways, this wine was absolutely delicious, and actually paired fantastically with an orange cranberry muffin. Random pairing, I know, but very comforting all the same!

Verdict

Because we have young children (and because we live in the middle of nowhere lacking babysitting options), my husband and I don't really go on dates. Instead, we tend to watch a movie together and sometimes incorporate a glass or two of wine. Before, I would head to the liquor store and blow through the wine section as everyone else waited in the car, but now, all stress has been relieved! Not only that, but now another date has been added each month, as my husband and I spend an evening together at the beginning of the month making our choices! This month, we preferred the Rosé and Yé-Yé Macabeo. There still isn't a large selection of sweet wines, but I did notice by the end of this month, the selection of Rosé was increased! Because the temperatures are dipping, and fall is in the air, I'm feeling a bit more red, so we are already keeping our eyes out for next month's picks. Which bottle was your favorite?

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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 costs around $56.64, which breaks down to a per-bottle cost of $18.88. This is a decent value given the price I would pay for a bottle of wine like any of these at my local liquor store and the convenience of being able to shop from the couch!

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Becca Peterson
Becca Peterson

I am a wild and crazy mom of 2 boys and work in the public education system. I love all things outdoors, beauty, crafts, and food. And absolutely adore my high school sweetheart! 


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