Vinebox Brings the Tasting Room to You

A novel way to try wines.

A novel way to try wines.

 

In much the same way that Birchbox sends subscribers samples of new beauty products monthly to try, Vinebox does the same with wine.

But of course, you do need to be 21 to take possession of this box when it’s delivered to your door. And not every state allows shipping of alcohol.

The curated box is pretty nifty, as I found out for myself when I was invited to try a sample. Inside, snuggled tightly inside foam cutouts for protection, are three glass containers of wine that look rather like oversized test tubes with screw-tops.

Each holds a glass of wine that’s been repackaged using a patented technology that presumably doesn’t impact the wine.

At this time, Vinebox can’t customize boxes, so you’ll likely get a mix of red and white wines, even if you prefer only one or the other. The wines are sourced from small- and medium-sized producers in Europe. Tasting notes, as well as food pairing suggestions and information on the producer, are included for each wine.

The St. Martin Grand Reserve 2015 from Provence was perfect for this time of year. The medium-bodied rose — a blend of Grenache, Tibouren, Cinsault, Carignan and Syrah — was fairly dry with bursts of cherries and raspberries.

The Domaine Baud L’Etoile 2014 from France is a blend of Savagnin and Chardonnay. For those like me who don’t relish popcorn-y Chardonnay, this one is just the ticket with its floral bouquet and crisp minerality.

The Gardies Clos Des Vignes 2013 from France — a blend of Grenache, Caignan, Syrah and Mourvedre — is all about ripe, lush dark berries. Enjoy it slightly chilled for a relaxing sip.

The packaging.

The packaging.

Open sesame.

Open sesame.

A month-to-month subscription is $35 per month; a three-month plan is $33 per month; and a yearly plan is $30 per month. The payments are due upfront, too.

If you find a wine you fall head over heels for, you can then order a full-sized bottle from Vinebox.

Vinebox is a fun way to discover new wines. It’s best if used by only one person — or two at max — because the amount of wine per sample tube is not much more than a couple sips per person if you share with another. Keep that in mind if you’re a person who needs to taste and re-taste to determine if you really like a particular wine.

Use the code “WINEBETTER1” to get $10 off your first subscription to Vinebox.

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3 comments

  • How many ounces are in each tube?

  • Blake: It wasn’t marked, but I would estimate it’s about 3 ounces per tube.

  • Sigh, interesting concept and I love the idea of wine coming to me, but I’m so over the proliferation of these samples being sent worldwide, creating so much unnecessary packaging. Seems like we’re reversing the trend in reducing what goes to the landfills as we spend more time staying at home and not leaving the house. 🙁

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