If you know me (or even if you don’t), you know I’m fond of wine (I even mention that I want a champagne sponsor in my 2020 vision book – haha! 🥂🍾). What may surprise you (unless you *do* know me) is that I can be a bit of a homebody. Not sure if it’s because I am from Wisconsin where it’s cold a lot of the time, or if it’s because I am an outgoing introvert, but I often would prefer to stay in my living room than venture out. That’s part of the appeal of a wine delivery service, especially now that I live in a downtown area and rarely drive (and since wine is generally heavy and not ideal to walk around town with). So, I tried Winc* first, and plan to review more… In the meantime, check out this Winc review!
I’m sure you’ve seen social media influencers posting about Winc. For a long time, I did not partake in it, because I was driving more frequently, and actually enjoyed picking out new bottles of wine. I was also a member of OneHope, which is a MLM that has people sell wine that donates a portion of their sales to charity.
To begin, you take a quiz about your different tastes, and it helps their software or algorithm or wine wizards (I like imagining that it’s wine wizards) to try to figure out what you like. You can choose how many bottles will be red versus white, etc. Then, they send you your wine, and you drink it (obviously) and you’re supposed to go back into your account and rate the wines, and they use your ratings to ask the wine wizards (I’m just running with this now, and no, I didn’t have any wine before writing this!) what your next box of wines should include.
To be clear, these “boxes of wine” as I call them are a box with four bottles of wine inside, not a Franzia-style box o’ wine situation!
Then you keep repeating the process, hopefully discovering new wines and wine producers that you love.
My complaint may be the result of user error, but I have so far only had one wine from the boxes that I liked.
In full disclosure, I kept forgetting to review my wines, so the wizards were sending more bottles without my feedback. None of it was TERRIBLE, but none blew me away in a good way either. The wine I have liked the best so far was in my most recent box, so perhaps sharing my feedback actually is helping!
Another point to consider is that I have many friends who drink AMAZING wine and are kind enough to share it with me, and that I live near Napa and have quite a few opportunities to visit and drink some really great wines as well, and that also means that a lot of the easily accessible local wines are pretty outstanding… All of this bringing me to the point that I may or may not be becoming a slight wine snob!
Something else that is important to consider that must be included in this Winc review is their customer service. THAT I must rate as outstanding. First of all, they text. Since I’ve already mentioned that I’m an introvert, this is important! I HATE talking on the phone, so the texting thing is wonderful. Second, they are extremely helpful. I moved and forgot to change my address, and they were lovely and accommodating about re-routing my package to the right city. And actually, this happened more than once – the first time, they were able to quickly put the order that I forgot about on hold, and the second time, they sent it to me in the right place (yeah, the craziness of moving got me)!
Because of their customer service alone, I recommend them to anyone who isn’t a wine snob. Whether you’re a beginner to learning about and trying wines and just want to see what you like, or if you just don’t care/can’t tell the difference, this is perfect for you!
I was planning on canceling and moving on, but they made an error on their end that resulted in a credit to my account (again with the excellent customer service), so I am going to get one more box when I run out of wines, once these are all rated!
After that, I want to get my wine in a combination of other services I want to review (my next one is Palate Wine Club, and I’m open to suggestions after that) and of course, buying local (especially since that is more aligned with my sustainability beliefs, AND I see some trips to Napa in my future)!
In the meantime, I do have a few first-come first-serve FREE** boxes I can give away, so message me your email address if you’d like to snag one! Or, they’ve provided me with an affiliate link, so if you’d prefer to avoid human contact (even digitally) and want to go straight to ordering, just click here!
I hope you enjoyed this Winc review! Please stay tuned for other further reviews of wines, wine delivery services, and other wine-related things!
* Affiliate link. I benefit somehow if you order through these links. In this case, I don’t know how, because I didn’t sign up for this affiliate program, it was simply included!
** You pay tax and shipping, and are enrolled in the club to get wine monthly. The wine’s free, but it won’t be $0 when you check out. And you can skip months whenever you need to and quit anytime, so it’s not an “EVERY MONTH FOR LIFE” type of commitment! If you try it, I’d love to read your Winc review, so send it over, please!