Ah, wine. My friend. My nightly ritual. My stress-reliever.
If you know me, you’ll know I’m a sucker for a good glass of vino. Although I began my wine endeavors during my slap-the-bag Franzia days in college, I’d consider it fair to say I’m decently well-versed in the world of wine at this point.
Or, in the world of drinking it.
I’ve made tasting new wines into a hobby over the past year. It started during the beginning of the pandemic when I began posting photos of random bottles on my wine review Instagram account I’d find at the new wine shop down the street. Uncorking, photographing and sipping became a nightly event. I gave them all of my money.
That being said, if you’re familiar with SPY, you might have realized that I’ve become somewhat of their resident wine tryer. And, in my experience as an e-commerce editor, I’ve made it my duty to try all of the best wine clubs to ensure you know which one is best for you. It’s also so I can try new wine. We’re both welcome.
I’ve covered my fair share at this point, ranging from more popular wine clubs like Firstleaf to more unknown bulk wine delivery services like Splash Wines. I’ve quite honestly loved the majority of wine I’ve tried so far, but I have to say, I haven’t had a more unique experience than I have with VINEBOX.
What is VINEBOX?
VINEBOX is a wine delivery service in a world of its own. Instead of sending orderers numerous bottles to sip from, VINEBOX instead chooses to place more expensive wines into smaller bottles for wine lovers to try before they fully commit to a whole bottle.
Because what sucks more than buying a $50 bottle of red when it turns out you hate it?
VINEBOX works as a one-time purchase or by sending users boxes in quarterly timeframes to ensure you’re trying new releases each season. The boxes come with nine individual test tube-like bottles that hold around a glass of wine each for tasting. Each vial has the name of the wine plastered on the side, so if you have a favorite, simply jot it down on a piece of paper or keep it in your mind in case you ever see a full bottle in the wild.
All in all, VINEBOX is a wine tasting experience you can get into straight from your couch paired with popcorn in PJs. It doesn’t get any better than that.
My first ever VINEBOX delivered was none other than their Fresh Reds pack, a box filled with a spectrum of brand-new red wines that spent the last year in barrel.
Upon first look, I loved the exterior of the box. It was gorgeously decorated and had a subtle yet out-there art style to it which I can always appreciate. When lifting the lid off the top, I noticed that each individual vile was sitting snuggly in nine different cut-out holes. Cuteness meter? Level 100.
I’m not going to bore you and spill all of my favorites on the table, but I was pleasantly impressed with all of them. The most mouthwatering for me though? Château du Donjon Cuvée Prestige Minervois. I don’t know how to say any of that, but it took the cake for me completely.
This wine uses grenache, shiraz/syrah grapes for a hearty taste that paired well with some fettuccine with meat sauce I made that night. It had a delicate weight to it that felt needed for a red with a smooth finish at the end. Two runner-ups for me had to be Monte Toro 5 Roble Francés 2018 (a Spanish, bold red that had a lightness yet a dark fruit taste) and Pagos de Híbera Modernista Negre (another Spanish red that had a light tartness to it).
Since this experience, I’ve had the chance to try one more VINEBOX — The Single Varietals Tasting.
Instead of keeping it consistent with one kind of wine, the Single Varietals Tasting threw 5 reds, 3 whites and 1 rosé in the mix to keep things interesting. To be honest, this box was way more my speed solely because I am totally much more of the white and rosé type. Sorry red, I still love you.
Here, I fell in love with the rosé provided called Marcantonio Rosé. So much so that I asked my local liquor store if they could supply a bottle for me before summer is over. It had a cherry-like sweetness to it that didn’t feel like an overpowered sip of candy. I find that a lot of rosés try to balance sweet but refined in a weird way that never works, but this one truly hit the nail on the head.
Ultimately, I think all wine lovers need to experience VINEBOX at least once. It’s a genuinely unique experience you can’t get with any other wine subscription. Plus, it makes for a great gift.
Prices vary depending on box type and how frequently you plan on receiving, but all VINEBOX prices are extremely affordable given what you’re getting. Remember: these are high-quality bottles of wine you’re getting to experience before purchasing the whole bottle. Does it get better than that? I don’t think so.
Get your very own box down below.