For Christmas, I gave the gift of the wine subscription service Winc. This is my review of the entire process, from the palette test + shipping to tasting + rating the wines.
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How Winc Works
The entire process at Winc starts off great. You take a simple quiz going over your food preferences, and then Winc judges which wines you’ll like off of that. After you choose how many reds or whites you want, they recommend four bottles for you. Don’t think you’ll be a fan of one? They make it easy to research and switch out wines.
As I was giving this as a gift to my dad for Christmas, I took the palette test from his point of view. They selected the wines for him, and they all looked great. Since I know that my dad likes Riesling wines, I did switch one of them out, but I left the other three to test out Winc’s recommendations.
Since it’s an alcohol delivery, a person over the age of 21 has to sign for your package. And just as they do with their wines, Winc gives you shipping options. Need it delivered to your workplace? They can do that. Need it held at a FedEx location? They can do that, too.
This was super convenient for me. When I ordered my first shipment of Winc, I forgot it would be delivered while I was in Chicago. Since I wouldn’t be home, I was able to alter the location. All it took was a few clicks and verifying my address for them to hold it at the nearest FedEx location. Easy peasy.
Now, the first time I did this, I altered the destination too late. They tried to deliver it, but I wasn’t home. When I got the email saying the shipment had failed, I emailed Winc’s customer support, and someone got back to me within 10 minutes. They said that my request was still being reviewed at the time they tried to deliver. It all got straightened out the next day after the request had been processed. So if you need to change the destination of your wine’s shipment, I recommend two things:
Be aware that after the third failed attempt at delivery, your wine will be sent back to Winc and you may be charged a restocking fee.
Keep an eye on your email. The second you get a notification that your wine has been sent out, change the destination. This was my mistake. I waited too long.
Note: As of the beginning of 2019, Winc does not ship to the following states: AL, AK, AR, CT, DE, HI, KY, LA, MS, OK, RI, UT.
Now for the main event: the wine.
When I was originally putting together this order for my dad, I selected the option for three reds and one white. But then I switched out one of the reds for the Riesling. I’m super glad I did because it turns out I was wrong about my dad’s tastes, and he prefers white over red.
These wines are good. I prefer really sweet wines, so I wasn’t sure if I’d be a fan of these. The 2017 Chop Shop Cabernet Sauvignon wasn’t quite my style, but all of the different flavors it has made me want to try it again just for the experience.
I absolutely love the off-dry 2017 Debts and Lessons Riesling which surprised me. It takes a second for the taste to develop on your tongue, giving you a chance to reflect on what you’re drinking. According to Winc’s website, it has notes of candied lemon, crushed rock, green apple, and honeysuckle.
Winc Wine Education
The subscription box came with a little booklet all about wine education. It listed the A-Z’s of wines + wine production, and it was super fun to look through.
Winc’s website also gives you a ton of information on the individual wines. If you go to a wine’s page, you’ll find recommendations like:
Whether to serve room temperature or chilled
What foods it pairs well with
History behind the wine
Body, sweetness, and alcohol content
Fruitiness, earthiness, and woodiness
What tastes the wine hints at
If you’re looking for a fun + unique way to experience Winc (and try out new wines!), consider their Wine Tasting 101 Kit. You’ll get 6 bottles of wine (with bags to cover them for blind tasting), 11 informative cards, and loads of fun. So get some friends and try it out!
Winc Rating Process
Rating wines on Winc is super easy. Once you’re on the homepage, it’ll prompt you to rate your wines. This provides better accuracy for your next round of recommended wines.
You choose between a 1- and 5- star rating, and once you’re done, Winc will calculate your next batch of wines that they think you’ll like.
And that’s that. Still debating on whether or not you think Winc is a good idea? Then stay tuned because I’ll be reviewing the second box my dad gets as well! Just check back on this post or sign up for my email list in the sidebar, and you’ll know when I update!
Bottom Line: In my opinion, Winc is worth it for wine lovers (or wine lover wannabes). It’s a great way to try new wines and learn about them along the way.
Are you ready to try Winc out? You’re in luck! My readers can get $20 off their first order through the coupon below.
Do you have any questions about Winc? Have you used this subscription service before? Let me know in the comments below!