Wine, an alcohol that has always been difficult to purchase, but an absolute necessity when pairing with your home meals.
We’ve all been there, either we walk into a local Duane Reade and pick up a $10 wine, or we walk into an actual liquor store and begin to get overwhelmed by all the choices.
What’s the difference between all these red wines? Why is this $90 bottle of wine that much better than this $40 bottle of wine?
All these questions go through our mind as we wander down the aisle to make our selection.
Enter Winc. A subscription-based company that ships a few bottles of wine to your doorstep every single month based on your user profile. Now, if you’re a snobby wine drinker that loves to spend $100+ per bottle, then this service isn’t for you because the vast majority of wine at Winc is under $20 – and tasty!
I suppose the next question here is, can a $13 wine really compare to a $100 bottle of wine? For this, let’s take a look at an article by the The Guardian were they quoted and discussed several studies proving that you cannot tell the difference in wine by price. If you hand someone a glass of wine from a $100 bottle and hand them a glass from a $13 bottle, they will not be able to tell you which is which.
French academic Frédéric Brochet tested the effect of labels in 2001. He presented the same Bordeaux superior wine to 57 volunteers a week apart and in two different bottles – one for a table wine, the other for a grand cru.
The tasters were fooled.
When tasting a supposedly superior wine, their language was more positive – describing it as complex, balanced, long and woody. When the same wine was presented as plonk, the critics were more likely to use negatives such as weak, light and flat.
In other words, it’s all in your head. Stop wasting money on expensive wine, because the wines on the shelf that go for double digits taste just as good!
To begin, go to Winc.com and click on “Get Started”.
To create an account with Winc and become a customer, you must first fill out a short profile that will better gauge your wine preferences. It’s important to answer the questions accurately to receive the best recommendation for your taste.
The following slideshow shows you the questions that you will be asked:
Profile completed, and now we wait for the recommendations!
Before Winc displays wine recommendations, you have to create an account with them. Would make more sense to place this screen at the very beginning I suppose!
Finally! So as you can see, four wines were recommended for our box. Each wine is only $13.00 each. At the top you can tell based on my profile, they decided on wines there were heavy, full-bodied, fruit-forward, lean, crisp and citrusy flavors.
Want to switch one of these wines out for something else? No problem, lets click on “Edit Box”.
You have quite a few options to choose from if you weren’t too fond of the wines selected for your box. In my case, I decided to go with the 4 wines that were picked out for me.
Before you order, make sure to use the following Winc coupon code to receive $20 off your first order. As you can tell, with the coupon, I am only paying $32 for FOUR bottles of wine, that’s nuts!
Four days later I receive a package, and here is Winc!
As soon as you open up your Winc Box, you’ll find a Wine Journal on top. It’s a pretty decent read since there are various articles on the benefits of wine as well as a whole catalog of all the wines sold by Winc. In other words, it’s a pretty good read for a bathroom break. The wine bottles lay on sturdy carton holder the is suitable to hold two wine bottle securely. Two holders are packaged in the box, each holder with two wines. Let’s take all four wines out of the box and see what we have:
Here are my four wine bottles, two being white wine, and two being red wine. Three of them are corked, and one of the wines is a simple twist off cap.
Again, let me remind everyone that I picked up these four bottles for $32 on my first order…
Alma Libre is a red wine from Chile. The grapes for this wine were grown in the Colchagua Valley. This blend contains notes of blackberry and tomato leaf. Pairs very well with meat and comes in at a 13.2% alcohol level.
Passarola is a white wine from Portugal. This wine contains notes of grapefruit, lemon, and white peach. This wine contains 12.1% alcohol and pairs great with seafood. Our favorite white wine.
One From The Quiver is a red wine from Mendoza, Argentina. Our absolute favorite when it comes to pairing it with meat. There are quite a few sweet spice, cherries and earth tones in the taste. This bottle also contains 13.8% alcohol.
Wonderful Wine Co. is a white wine from California. This is a pretty dry and sweet wine that is supposed to be paired with spicy foods. We felt that it was a bit too strong and dry, especially at a 14% alcohol level. This white wine is best taken in low quantities or with some snacks such as Naturebox.
In our opinion, Winc is undoubtedly one of the best ways to experiment with different wines without embarrassing yourself at the store. Each of these four wines were unique from each other, and were tasty enough that my wife and I will continue to keep our subscription with Winc! We’re not huge wine drinkers but we definitely do go through 3-4 bottles of wine per month, so a package of 4 wines monthly suits us perfectly. I do want to mention that you may grab 3 wines in your Winc box, but if you do so, you do have to pay for shipping while with a 4 wine order box, the company pays for shipping.
I also highly recommend reviewing each wine as you taste them on your “Ratings” page:
The process to rate is quite simple, just select the number of stars and a note. Once you rate 10 wines that you’ve received, Winc will also give you $10 in credit towards your future order – so why wouldn’t you rate?
On top of that, by rating your Wine, you help the company in being able to tailor future wines to your taste. If I give the “Wonder Wine Co.” wine a low rating and state that it was too dry, then Winc will take that into consideration when suggesting any other wines that might be dry as well.
Overall, I’m very pleased with Winc and this is one subscription service that I will continue to be a customer of. Keep in mind that if you do not select your wine for the month, then Winc will automatically send you a box of wine based on their recommendations. On the bright side, you may cancel your subscription at any time!
Now that you know that Winc gets a thumbs up from ReviewingThis, let’s talk about a few logistic issues:
First and foremost, you must be 21 years old to order from Winc because an adult has to sign for the package. Second, of all, Winc is not available in all the states in the USA. There are several states such as (AK, AL, AR, DE, HI, KY, MS,OK,RI, SD,UT) that have strict regulation over shipping alcohol so Winc is not able to ship out to those states, unfortunately.
Please make sure to utilize the following Winc Coupon Code to receive $20 off your first order, it’s only for new customers!
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FTC Disclosure: This is a review of my experience with Winc. I enjoyed my experience with NatureBox so I have agreed to be an affiliate. This post contains affiliate links.