Club W (soon to be rebranded as Winc) is a wine subscription box that sends a personalized selection of bottles to your door on a monthly basis.
Each month, you’ll be given new wine recommendations for you based on your personalized “Palate Profile”. You can go with their suggestions or make your own selections from their ever-growing assortment. Club W works directly with wine makers, therefore there are no middlemen and you get better wine for less money. Score! To help you learn more about their offerings, they even produce a video for each one of their wines featuring tasting notes, details about the winemakers, recipe pairings, and more. You’ll also be able to skip a month as often as you like, as well as change the number of bottles per shipment.
Subscriptions start at $39 for 3 bottles (plus $6 shipping). Club W covers the shipping costs on any box of 4 or more bottles. — For a limited time, you can save $20 on your first order when you use this link!
Let’s see what’s in my May 2016 Club W (Winc) box!
The bottles were shipped in a large, heavy box via FedEx. Since it contained alcoholic beverages, I was required to sign for it upon delivery. (When I answered the door, the FedEx guy was all “Hey Wendy, how ’bout some wine”?. I think he wanted me to share. Psssh.)
A peek inside!
Another peek! The bottles were nestled snuggly inside of a custom packing tray(?) and arrived in perfect condition.
A welcome “brochure” gave some more details about the subscription, including the fact that you can rate your wines on the site to continually refine your Profile Palate. You can also take advantage of discounts on cases (or half cases) when you find a wine that you really love.
Also included was a price comparison showing how much you can save if you choose to receive a 4-bottle per month shipment. — It’s only $7 more for a 4th bottle and shipping is FREE.
Okay, onto the wine!
Well, first I should start by saying that my husband filled out my Palate Profile, since he’s the main wine (alcohol) drinker in our house. Second, neither one of us really know jack about wine. 😉 That said, I’ll be relying on the information cards (not pictured, oops!) that Club W provided with our box for background info/tasting notes for each bottle. Here goes…
2014 Passarola Vinho Branco – Hailing from Portugal, the 2014 Vinho Branco is described as a fruity wine that’s perfect for any occasion. It features an aroma of tropical fruit, pineapple, dry stone, and sweet lime. Enjoy it chilled while relaxing with friends and do like the locals and pair it with seafood.
2014 Alma Libre Red Blend – A product of Chile, the 2014 Alma Libre Red is “smooth and easy-drinking, with pepper on the nose and red fruit on the palate”. It has an aroma of green bell pepper, jalapeno, raspberry, and plum. A great dinner party wine, it’s best opened 20 minutes prior to serving.
2014 Chop Shop Cabernet Sauvignon – Good thing these bottles were chosen for my husband, as I’m not sure I’d be down with drinking something described as “the king of meat wines”. Ha! Also referred to as the “mac and cheese of wines”, Chop Shop Cabernet Sauvignon can be enjoyed with all of your everyday staples including pizza, cheeseburgers, and BBQ. It features aromas of strawberry and rhubarb, along with flavors of red fruit, wood, and violet.
Club W/Winc is clearly a great (and affordable!) way to discover new wines without even leaving your house. I really like how they give you recommendations based on your Palate Profile, but that you can still opt to choose your own selections. I’m also impressed by the low (or free!) shipping costs. I always assumed that wine subscriptions would cost a fortune for shipping, so it was a nice surprise to see that it’s only $6 shipped for 3 bottles (or free for 4 or more). Great deal! Don’t forget — you can save $20 on your first 3-bottle shipment just by using this link! That means you can get 3 bottles of wine for just $25 shipped! 🙂
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.