Adventurer's Wine Box Review
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The Adventurer's Wine Box implies you never know what you're going to get, but you can bet since it's coming from Vinley Market it's probably going to be pretty good. Great wine value delivered monthly.
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They don't make a big deal out of it, but the wines selected for this subscription are handpicked by a sommelier who loves the taste and the value of every bottle. And it shows.
As wine clubs go, the options are pretty limited. They only offer monthly shipments and 3-bottle packages. But since the wine is a good value it's worth exploring the selections and trying it their way.
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Adventurer's Wine Box Review
Vinley Market is a new wine box service whose mission is to make wine fun and relaxed. It's rare to think of a wine club as being for a particular gender, but by design Vinley Market appeals to women — their packaging and branding make Vinley Market an especially great choice for gifting for holidays like Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, birthdays, and anniversaries. The packaging was over the top femme, but a more restrained feminine aesthetic is making its way into the club.
The Adventurer's Wine Box features three bottles of "wine from around the world that best represent their land of origin." This is a nice way of saying each shipment is built around a location-based theme and the included wines are selected for price and their how typical they are for wines of that region.
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Vinley Market is relying on their own wine industry knowledge and strategic partnerships with sommeliers to curate their wine selection. Their goals around curation are to find wines that over deliver and "are not basic." We don't typically put a lot of emphasis on curation methods in our ratings system.
We found the quality of the wine we received from Vinley Market's Adventurer's Wine Box to be very good. We reserve superlatives for very high-end wine, which isn't what the Bubbles & Rosé wine club is about. These wines are a great way to bring in higher-quality (and more interesting) wines than what's available at your local grocery store. These are the kinds of wines you might find at your local wine shop, without the hassle of actually doing the shopping.
The Adventurer's Wine Box we received in November contained two whites and three reds that were NOT location-themed, but instead were Thanksgiving-friendy selections. We actually liked this just as much as we enjoy location-based themes because we learned quite a bit about food pairing from the tasting notes. The three selected wines were chosen for their ability to go with Turkey dinner and all its sweet fixings. Here's what we drank:
- Mathieu Paquet Macon Rouge. This was our favorite from the box and it was excellent, moreso as it opened up. A light and refereshing Gamay had it's characteristic hints of Pinot Noir and comes from southern Burgundy.
- Robert Weil Estate Riesling Tradition. This German Kabinett riesling had an impressive balance of sweet and acid so it stands up to the sweeter side dishes typically served at Thanksgiving and also provides acid to prevent it from becoming cloying. We recommend having this WITH food as it was on the apple-juicey side of things before dinner and paired beautifully with our spicy harissa chicken dish. 91 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
- Raisins Gaulois (M. Lapierre). This Vin de France of Gamay hails from Beaujolais. It was a light, fruity red wine that was easy-drinking, but sort of one-note... we didn't dislike it, but it stood out from the others as "not as good."
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The language used on the website doesn't earn a five-star Satisfaction Guarantee rating from us, but we asked the owner via email if she'll replace anything customer's don't like, if even if it's not technically flawed, and she said, "Yep, we will replace. We want them to love the wine that we send!"
Their Return Policy
"At Vinley Market, we want you to love the wine that you find on our site! However, under California law, our Vendors are not allowed to accept wine returns. If your wine is flawed or damaged please let us know so we can assist you in sending a new bottle or providing a credit.""
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?
Vinley Market offers 10% off on your first shipment. You can get that deal from our site with promo code WCR2017.
Rather than specifically focus on reorders of wines from shipments, Vinley Market offers its members 10% on any wine purchases made, exclusing the shipments themselves.
Vinley Market offers the basic minimum of the conveniences a fully digital consumer wants. The most important of these conveniences are timely shipping notifications. According to the owner, customers are "...updated at each stage. When their credit cards are charged, when the box is ready for shipment, plus timely shipping updates with tracking as soon the wine club is shipped." We don't see the ability to skip or pause shipments online, but you can change your address and phone number via the website.
Vinley Market 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.