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Vinebox Review: Is It A Good Wine Club?

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Have you ever had a desire to quench your thirst with something that has just a small amount of alcohol in it but didn't want beer or liquor? This is when I turn to a glass of wine, especially if I've had a long day and want to relax. Instead of buying large bottles of wine that I might not drink, I started getting monthly boxes of smaller bottles of wine from Vinebox wine club.

They might not be small as those little bottles you get on an airplane, but they aren't huge servings that you might expect. However, the samples that do arrive in your box are large enough to give you a good idea of the flavors in the wine so that you can decide whether or not to purchase full bottles.

What? A delightful wine tasting experience in a box? Let's get this Vinebox review started!

VineBox Overview

Vinebox is a wine subscription that prides itself on not mass producing and championing the smaller wine producers and their stories. Their relationships with wineries around the world are bolstered by their proprietary and patented closed-nitrogen technology.

This advancement allows the bottling of wine without the wine ever coming into contact with oxygen. The result is a glass of wine that maintains bouquet, mouthfeel, and flavor profile until the point you make your first pour.

As I mentioned earlier, each wine delivered is more a sample, arriving in beautifully printed 100 ml vials or flasks. So they still have a classy feel to them.

Vinebox boasts a team of wine directors and sommeliers to curate a special selection of wine that you would not normally find even in your fancy wine shop. This is something that definitely stands out from the crowded wine subscription space.

What Does Vinebox Cost?

Vinebox offers a quarterly subscription (every 3 months) that costs $79 for each delivery. You can also opt for an annual membership and save $7 for a total of $72.

You can also choose to receive 2 of the same box every quarter for a 10% discount.

If you choose the single box quarterly membership you will be billed every quarter. If you prefer to pay annually you will be billed upfront $288 for your year's worth of wine. After your first year expires, you will then be billed quarterly as normal.

All subscription-based billing is recurring unless you cancel. You can cancel at any time for free.

Be aware: All prepaid subscription memberships are non-refundable! So there is a level of commitment here.

Getting Started With Vinebox Wine

As usual, when you sign up for wine subscriptions, you'll enter a few details about the flavors that you like. This information is then used to choose the wines that you might like. If you don't want to enter your personal preferences, then you'll get nine different wines to try.

A benefit is that you don't have to pay for shipping as the wine club takes care of this cost for you. The Vinebox that you receive is carefully designed so that it looks exquisite.

It almost looks like each detail is drawn by hand on the outside of the box to give it a sophisticated and elegant look. I'm a sucker for the presentation and details. And Vinebox doesn't disappoint.

All The Flavors

As soon as you get your Vinebox, open your shipment and review your inventory to make sure the proper selection of wines was sent. Then you can begin your wine tasting experience. I tend to taste each one with dinner, spreading them out over the course of a few weeks simply because I know that I won't get another subscription box for another few months.

If I like the taste of the wine, then I try to order it so that I have a larger bottle. I enjoy learning about new wines that are on the market and how they are made. There are even wines from other regions of the world that I normally wouldn't even know about unless I ordered from Vinebox.

When you taste the wines, you're going to quickly find out if there is a flavor that you don't like. It's these wines that I tend to write a review about because I want them to know why I don't like them and how they can improve the flavors. I also don't want other people to have the same experience.

I would compare the amount of wine that you get in the bottles to that of a small wine glass. You're not going to get enough wine to make you feel like you've consumed a large amount of alcohol, but it's enough to be able to help you form an opinion of whether you want more.

I love that you can read and write your own reviews of the wines available from Vinebox. This helps immensely to customize your own subscription to your own tastes. Sometimes a review may really shape my decision on a wine.

Member Credit System

Unlike other wine clubs, after you've received a few boxes and placed a few orders, you'll start earning store credits. Think of this as a rewards system that you might have at a grocery store.

 

After you have a certain number of credits, you can exchange them for full bottles (woah!) and other merchandise that is sold by this wine club.

The credits make it easy to stock up on the wines you enjoy, especially if you know that you will continue ordering subscription boxes. You can also use your credits to send a gift to another wine drinker.

Frequency Of Deliveries

One of the things that I don't like about Vinebox is that you only get deliveries four times a year instead of once a month like most other wine clubs. Maybe I want more wine! This is understandable because wine can be expensive, but you're not getting enough in the box for it to make a lot of difference in the overall price.

There are a few different kinds of boxes that you can order, one being the Current Edition. This is a box that is considered the feature of the month. An example would be the Vintages and Verticals. It includes wines that are a bit more elegant and aromatic.

Vinebox offers quarterly releases of new wines that you can get in the boxes you receive. These wines are usually the latest trending flavors as well as a few of the classic flavors that are well-known to a Vinebox subscription.


A Little Wine Subscription Education


One of the things that I don't like about Vinebox is that you only get deliveries four times a year instead of once a month like most other wine clubs. Maybe I want more wine! This is understandable because wine can be expensive, but you're not getting enough in the box for it to make a lot of difference in the overall price.

There are a few different kinds of boxes that you can order, one being the Current Edition. This is a box that is considered the feature of the month. An example would be the Vintages and Verticals. It includes wines that are a bit more elegant and aromatic.

Vinebox offers quarterly releases of new wines that you can get in the boxes you receive. These wines are usually the latest trending flavors as well as a few of the classic flavors that are well-known to a Vinebox subscription.

Vinebox offers "Wine Smart", a way that you can get educated about the available wines. Most of the time, you're going to get a small card or a piece of paper in the shipment you receive. The text on the card will describe your wine selection; providing flavor profile and tasting notes of each wine.

The Wine Smart feature gives you ideas about how to pair wines with meals or ways that you can enjoy your wine at home. I've sat on my couch with a glass of wine while watching a movie and also enjoyed a glass or two of wine with friends while sitting outside around a fire.

Who would really buy an entire bottle of expensive wine before you sample what it's like? Vinebox allows you to sample a variety of wines at one time if you want to try all of them as soon as you get the box. A wine tasting tour from the comfort of your couch.

Even though you have to pay for the subscription to receive the boxes, it's less expensive than wasting money on a bottle of wine that you might not like at a local wine store.

Many of the wines that are included in the Vinebox boxes that are delivered are hand-picked from areas across the world. There are wines chosen from the United States as well as France, Germany, and countries that you don't even think of when you think about wine.

When you sign up with Vinebox wine club, you'll get to choose whether you like red or white wine or both varieties. You'll also get to choose the flavors you enjoy if you're already accustomed to drinking wine.

Vinebox Customer Service

In some cases, the Vinebox customer service can replace the goods. They just request a picture of the damage. They'll not return or replace items if someone drinks the wine that they received.


We like to see that they are not carefully curated because there are some really honest reviews that Vinebox is known for. We value this transparency in service delivery - Vinebox members may also leave reviews as well.

What's The Verdict On VineBox?

Although there are a few hiccups with the subscription, such as vials that only offer a small glass sample of wine, Vinebox is an amazing wine tasting experience and a wine club that you should try at least one time. It's a delightful subscription service to be a part of.

Grab your computer or your phone so that you can visit the Vinebox website and place your first order.

PROS

  • Almost a dozen wines in your box
  • Get to choose some of your flavors
  • Wines from across the world
  • Detailed information about wines you receive

CONS

  • Boxes are only sent quarterly
  • Small amounts of wine in each box

FAQ

Is Vinebox Good Wine?

Vinebox offers good and high-quality wine. The wines are not vintage but are not easily available at the retail level. For sure, some are better than others, but on a whole, there is a good standard of quality control.

How Long Does Vinebox last?

Vinebox wine lasts for 3 years. Although it's stable for that time, with little to no flaws, it is recommended to drink the wine before that as recommended by their official website.

How many ounces are in Vinebox?

Each Vinebox single-serving vial contains 3.38 ounces or 100 ml of wine.

Who Owns Vinebox?

Vinebox is owned by Matt Dukes and Rachel Vodofsky was founded in San Francisco in 2015.


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Jack Cullum

Jack Cullum aka "The Box Man" is known to bust a box or two open! He is super into it really! He is also the lead writer for Subscription Boxes for Men. So please connect with him on social and may all your boxes be great!

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