The new Vinebox service allows you to taste new wines a glass at a time.
I always love discovering new wines. That’s why I’m a huge fan of tasting at different wineries.
What I don’t like is spending a lot of money on a bottle of wine, only to find out I don’t like it. Because I tend to only buy wine that I’ve tried, all of my higher end wine is from the Sonoma area of California–where I go tasting frequently.
I don’t tend to buy European wines. The ones I do buy, I happened to try at a restaurant or at a friend’s house. (Even then, if I’m picking out a bottle with other people, I always choose one I’m familiar with rather than gamble on something new).
When I quickly surveyed my wine rack a few months ago, the only French wines I had were from the last time I went to France. That was a problem.
When I found Vinebox, it was different from the different wine clubs or services I subscribe to. It focuses on a bit higher price points (around $25-$45) than something like Tasting Room or Club W, and you pay $35 for three glasses of wine (10 CL or just about 3.4 ounces each–TSA compliant!)
The benefit to getting a whole glass is that you get to experience the wine multiple sips in. A few times, I’ve liked an especially sweet or acidic wine in the small pour I got at the winery, only to find I’d tire of it halfway through a glass.
Vinebox’s wine arrives in a very nice-looking, magnetically-sealed box.
It contains three vials of wine. They use a re-bottling system that does not allow for the introduction of any oxygen, and the vials will last up to 3 years. (Though I recommend tasting and not aging them!)
The box comes with a very professional looking letter than introduces you to the theme of the box.
The envelope also has cards that explain the tasting notes of each wine, plus provide factoids relevant to what you are tasting.
Here is one of the vials out of the box.
The ~3.4 ounces is a little light for my usual pour, but more than enough to know if I’m going to continue enjoying the wine.
I’ve really liked most of the wines I’ve gotten. I can only think of two that I didn’t enjoy. However, some of them were out of the price point I’d be willing to pay for that wine.
You can purchase the wine you like directly on their website. You get free shipping for 6+ bottles, and you can order wine you’ve previously had that you like.
I’ve been a subscriber since the beginning of the year and I just cancelled–not because I don’t like the service, but because at this time, I have a lot of wine options I’ve purchased and want to purchase around this price point. I expect to subscribe again in the future when I get the itch to try it again.
I looked around for some Vinebox promo codes, but there were none to be had. Still, I think Vinebox is worth subscribing to, at least for a few months, if you are looking to taste and buy wines around the $25-$45 price point.
If you are just looking to try more wines and are looking more around the $10 price point, I recommend checking out Club W.