Winc Wine Club Review – (Formerly Club W)
The most recent wine club I tried many months back, Winc. They are one of the newest clubs on the market, having only been around for a few years, but is that a good thing or bad thing? Let’s talk about it.
Now, this company does things a little different than all the other clubs out there and I think it’s a GREAT thing. Instead of being taken to a page where you can just sign up, Winc actually guides you through six different, easy to answer questions about flavors you enjoy, called your palate profile. Then, based on your selections, they recommend three wines tailored to your tastes. How cool is that?! No worry either because if you don’t like their selection, you can browse other wine options they have and choose what you like.
One of the questions is “Do you like blackberries, blueberries and raspberries?” Answers are “No, not really”, “So so”, “Like them with something sweet, like ice cream, or in pie”, “Like these flavors, mostly as jam”, “Love berries. Eat em’ raw.”
NOW, time to dive into the wine I received in my shipment, pictured to the left.
The first wine I cracked open was a 2007 Ch. De Mattes Sabran Corbieres “Dionysos”. It had fruit flavors, subtle earth, and a lot of spice, which is right my alley. I love a bit of spice in my red wines, I guess their palate profile did pretty good on this one.
The second wine was a 2009 Lustful Red Blend that smacks you in the face with strawberry and had subtle hints on of cinnamon that sat on the tongue. I tried to Google this wine to find more information, but couldn’t really discover much of anything so this must be a very small winery wine. I thought it was pretty tasty but am curious to see what others thought.
The third wine, 2009 Cerrillos Cabernet Sauvignon, was another international selection, from Chile. Dark berry, licorice, blackberry, a little spice, so good, may I please have another. I did a search on this wine and found that the International Wine Cellar gave this wine a 88 point rating, almost breaking that exclusive 90+ club.
And with every wine priced at $13 a bottle, not a dollar more, not a dollar less, you’ll get three wines from for $39, a pretty competitive price for a wine club.
Anyway, let’s get to the pros and cons of this company already and stop boring you with all mumbo jumbo.
- If you decide to go for 6 bottles, you’ll get FREE shipping. Otherwise shipping is only $6, one of the lower prices I’ve seen. Thank you for not overcharging on delivery. Some places want over $20 per shipment. Ouch.
- One FREE wine with first shipment.
- Information about your wine, food pairing, tasting notes, all you need to know.
- Monthly shipments, but skip a shipment anytime, you know, in case you haven’t gotten to your wine from last month yet.
- Options. White or Red. Plus International and/or Domestic selections.
- If giving as a gift, the price is $50 per shipment, which is a little bit more, but they do include a cool gift note as well. Another thing is that the person getting the gift, would go online, register, answer the six questions, and then get their wine shipped to them, which could be fun for them, but depending on the person, it might be better to get a wine club that will just send them wine, no work necessary, gift could come in the mail for the holidays or their birthday.
- You have to do three bottles, which is fine with me, but a lot of clubs come with two bottles, so if you only want two bottles a month, this one might not be for you.
So, am I giving this club a pass, consider, or recommend? Well, they are getting a full-bodied RECOMMEND. I would totally buy this as a gift and would be it for myself. I had a ton of fun answering the six questions for my palate profile, looking at my recommended wines, browsing the other wines I could choose from.
BONUS** You get a $13 credit for a free wine for first time customers. So if you haven’t tried them yet, you’ll be able to save some money on your initial shipment.