Wine tasting is a most beloved pastime, particularly among wine enthusiasts, and casual wine drinkers, too. With good reason! Why drink only one kind of wine when you can sample three different kinds? This wine club brings the wine tasting flight experience to your home at an affordable monthly price — and the wines are interesting!
The wines have been excellent and unusual. The International selection is really discovery-oriented and we really dig the packaging — especially those impressive glass vials.
They've already done the two things we wished for most — give you a discount when you order two boxes a month and offer full-size bottles of your favorite wines in their wine shop (you must be a logged-in customer to access this feature).
VineBox is a different kind of wine box subscription, and one that is welcome in the marketplace. A truly unique wine club experience, each month you receive three 10 cl (a little more than three ounces) glass tubes filled with perfectly-preserved vino. Most of us in the US are used to a 6 oz pour (or even more), so you can think of these tubes as containing a small glass of wine each (a standard serving of wine is 4 oz).
We love the VineBox experience. From the quality and unusual nature of the wines, to the perfect packaging, to the experience itself, a wine tasting flight in your home. If you're not a big drinker, you can spread it out over several days, or you can drink them all in one night like we did.
VineBox has streamlined the ordering process and now you can double the boxes to each have your own glass — a shared wine tasting experience — and you'll save 5% on the whole order, too.
If you really like what you tasted, you can buy full-size bottles of the wine. You must be a logged-in member to do this, and the wine purchasing happens within the Account section of the website based on your order history.
Wine preservation systems have come a long way in the last 10 years. We now have dozens of options available to us at home, and VineBox uses a commercial-grade system that works (more or less) like Coravin or a EuroCave. A "closed nitrogen system" prevents wine from coming in contact with air, thus preserving it without flaws for up to three years. They're essentially re-bottling wine, with permission from the wineries and with respect provided to the liquid art contained therein.
At WineClubReviews.net we take an objective approach to our star ratings system. Our written reviews are very much subjective, based on our 8+ years of wine club review experience and our own ideas about what good wine and good value mean. The star ratings are based on 11 attributes that we feel define what a wine club should be. Here is how VineBox Wine by the Glass Club stacks up on these traits.
Note: This rating is our objective analysis of VineBox’s satisfaction guarantee—not our assessment of whether or not you’re guaranteed to be satisfied with their wines.
We were unable to find any information regarding a satisfaction guarantee on their website. This is one of those Buyer Beware type moments, except the wines were so excellent that we can't image you'll be displeased.
We found the quality of the wine we received from VineBox to be very good. We reserve superlatives for very high-end wine, and these are just shy of superlative-worthy. Given the generally poor selection of interesting wine available at the local grocery store (Trader Joe's being a notable exception) and the risky nature of buying a whole bottle of something you've never tried, we think this is an excellent way to buy your better-quality wine.
It's nearly impossible to accurately assess the price of the wine offered via VineBox. Perhaps most helpful in this case is that we felt the wine combined with the special experience felt like the right price.
Sometimes people like to say something is "very unique." Unique means singular, there is only one, so we say VineBox is truly unique — there are no other wine clubs like it, and nothing even comes close.
We think they say it much better than we could... "You won’t find anything mass produced here. We are about the little guys, the stories behind the wine, the towns and the terroirs. After all, that’s what makes good wine great. It’s the details, the passion, and the people. We combine old-world access with our patented fractioning technology to bring the experience to you, our member. Life is too short to drink bad wine. We’re here to help."
We look at three areas when evaluating the discount opportunities offered by a wine club. Is there an introductory offer to sweeten the deal? Are there discounts available for buying more of wines you loved in your shipments? Are there special discounts only available to members?
There are no discount offers associated with VineBox.
Because VineBox is new, we don't have any customer complaints recorded. We also couldn't find any online. If issues arise, we'll update this review.
As personalization goes, VineBox Wine by the Glass Club is fairly personalized. You can choose red wine, white wine, or a mix of both. You can also choose a somewhat-generalized palate profile: Adventurous, Classic, or Newcomer (we're not sure what you get with newcomer, but we can guess about the other two options). Since you're able to double the boxes and save 5%, we'd love it if you could order two different selections and still save the 5% (for example, you like whites and he likes reds... or you like Adventure and he likes the Classics).
VineBox has all of the standard expected conveninences of a subscription box service.
VineBox has found a balance in their wine education program. They tell you what you need to know, plus a little extra, without getting bogged down in information which distracts from enjoyment of the wine.
VineBox's VineBox Wine by the Glass Club makes a super awesome wine gift. The packaging and branding are polished and the wines are delightful and surprising — plus that unique tasting experience!