James Griffin | Apr 17, 2019 | 0
Vinebox Review  – Is the price of this wine club worth it?
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Today in our Vinebox review we’re going to be taking a closer look at one of the most innovative wine subscription boxes available.
Usually, with a wine of the month club, you’re locked into a single winery, vineyard, or varietal, but Vinebox takes a slightly different tack thanks to some nifty technology. Instead of a couple of bottles, Vinebox curates nine individual glass sized bottles for you to try out.
We’ve really been looking forward to diving deep into Vinebox because they do things so much differently than everyone else on the market. Check out our full Vinebox review below to see if their philosophy on variety is a good fit for you.
Vinebox is a wine subscription box from Usual Wines designed specifically to expand the subscriber’s palate. Usual started out with the basic premise that wine is great, but you don’t always want to drink an entire bottle in a single sitting.
The simple solution then is to bottle wine in single serving sizes. To accomplish this they developed a pure nitrogen environment for converting full sized bottles into single-serve bottles. No oxygen, which can alter the flavor of your wine, is introduced, and wine tastes exactly as it did at the vineyard. Pretty genius.
With Vinebox, they curate extremely rare wines that you won’t find at your local store and convert them into single serving sized bottles delivered to your door. This way you are able to try diverse and obscure wines without the risk, or expense, of a full sized bottle.
Only 1% of the wines sampled by the Vinebox team make it through to a curated box, so there really is something special going into each box. Each box is curated quarterly, or as they put it on their website, seasonally. So you should expect hearty pairings in the winter, and lighter, breezier, pairings in the summer.
Vinebox is all about expanding your horizons.
Here’s a look at some recent wines that made it into a Vinebox shipment.
|Image||Product Name||Best Feature||Price|
|Winter 2017||Roger Champault Sancerre – A soft textured wine ready to drink right now. 12.5% ABV||$20|
|Winter 2017||La Rectorie Collioure – An excellent French wine with aromas of ripe fruit and warm spices.||$22|
|Winter 2017||2013 Corte di Valle Chianti Classico – A distinctly dry classic Italian Chianti variety.||$27|
Vinebox comes as a quarterly subscription that you can get for yourself, or for a 10% discount, you can order a second, duplicate box.
Not all wine clubs are created equally. Here at theUnbox we want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck, so here’s our full Vinebox review along with what we love (and what we don’t) about it.
Vinebox looks to be a disrupter in the wine club space. Using their technology the way they do, the Vinebox team can offer their subscribers some truly unique experiences. Here are some of the reasons why we love what the gang at Vinebox are doing.
Here are 4 reasons why we love Vinebox:
Wine clubs don’t usually offer a ton of variety. Especially if you’re a member of a particular vineyard’s wine club. The nine different wines you get in a Vinebox subscription is unparalleled in terms of variety.
There is also a ton of discretion that goes into each delivery. Their website claims that out of the more than 11,000 wines sampled, only 1% have made it through to a curated delivery.
The Vinebox team casts a worldwide net to bring their subscribers wines they would otherwise never know about. They feature wines that aren’t really available on a retail level without going to the vineyard where the grapes are grown.
How often are you really going to get to New Zealand and Bordeaux in the same three month period? And if you said more than once, can we be friends?
A lot of work goes into the curation of each Vinebox delivery. Since they are delivered quarterly, a large degree of effort is expended making sure that the wines that go into the box pair well with what you’d expect to be eating for that season. Rich, bold flavors in the winter, light airy flavors in the summer.
4. Bottle Credits
Signing up for deliveries in advance earns subscribers more full bottle credits. If you do fall in love with a wine from a particular box, bottle credits ensure you can get a full bottle for your wine cabinet.
Nothing, dear reader, in this world is perfect. Subscription boxes are no different. As such, there are a few tradeoffs with Vinebox that we aren’t in love with.
Here are 3 things we don’t love about Vinebox:
This is somewhat of a double-edged sword. Because Vinebox curates their wines seasonally, you’re only getting four deliveries a year. We understand that a tremendous amount of work, sorting, refining, and rejecting goes into each box, but it would be nice to have the opportunity to have more frequency. Maybe the ability to order past boxes or something like that.
The Vinebox team does all of the choosing. When you sign up, they do ask if you prefer red or white, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get a white wine in a box if you expressed a preference for reds. You get what you get with Vinebox, and you don’t know what that is until it shows up at your door.
The biggest trade-off for the amount of variety you get with Vinebox is volume. Each bottle is a single glass, so you’re getting 900 milliters of wine per box, which is just a little over one standard bottle of wine. That isn’t a ton of wine per delivery.
Here’s a breakdown of Vinebox’s pros and cons.
- Unmatched variety in each delivery.
- Wines by the glass.
- Professionally curated rare wines.
- Annual discounted rates.
- Not a ton of input on what goes into a box.
- Only shipped quarterly.
- Pretty significant shipping restrictions. Triple check that Vinebox ships to your location.
Vinebox only ships quarterly, so their pricing is pretty simple. They do offer a modest discount for a longer commitment.
|Quarterly Commitment ($79 / Box)||$79|
|Annual Commitment ($72 / Box)||$288|
Alcohol doesn’t ship everywhere, so double check with their online tool that they do ship to your zip code. Currently, they don’t ship to Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont. So, that’s quite a bit.
Vinebox also doesn’t ship to P.O. boxes, and an adult signature is required. So, you might want to think about having it delivered to the office.
Vinebox is doing something novel in the wine club space, but ultimately, is that novelty worth it?
Yes, we think it is.
While there are some tradeoffs and caveats that certainly make it a personal choice, the level of variety just can’t be touched. There simply isn’t another wine club that couples enough choice with affordability to encourage drinkers to expand their palate.
For roughly $8 a glass, you get to try some exceedingly rare wine, which is remarkable.
Want to get this box for yourself or as a gift for someone?
More Great Subscription Boxes
If you disagree with our assessment of Vinebox’s novel approach to wine clubs, fret not, there are plenty of other curated wine clubs for your consideration.
- Winc is an online winery. A digital winery for a digital age. You can read all about in our Mantelligence site here.
- Bright Cellars is a personally curated wine club. They go above and beyond dialing in your preferences.-
- We listed down the best wine of the month clubs here in our Mantelligence site. Check it out now!
As you can see in our Vinebox review, it one of the most novel subscription boxes available in the wine of the month club space to be certain. And it is exactly this novelty that encourages the drinker to try something new without really taking any risk.
If you don’t like a particular glass, you don’t have to feel guilty, because a glass isn’t a huge investment.
Have you tried Vinebox? Let us know what you think of the service in the comments.