VINEBOX is an imaginative wine sampling subscription

VINEBOX is an imaginative wine sampling subscription.  I am always on the hunt for things that are interesting enough to grab my attention.  As far as I can find out, vinebox has been around since 2015.  They originally were a try the vial, and if you liked it you could buy the bottle.  That is not the case currently.  They are a 3-vial subscription service only.  You do have the option to purchase more vials if you so choose.  Let’s checkout my first delivery.

2015 ChateƔu Ricardelle Vignelacroix Blanc

Cost: $10/vial               Bottle: n/a                Cost per bottle via Wine-Searcher: $12.93

Each month you have the option to choose reds, whites, or a mix.  I chose a mix for my first run.  This was my favorite of the three wines.  It held up fairly well to its description on the card.  A citrus nose was dominant.  Then then white fruits such as peach rolled up to the dance. The taste was lively with the citrus lending to the acidity.  It had a short and clean finish.  A baked salmon with mango salsa would be my meal preference.  Oh, and triple-ginger cookies!

2014 Demarie Barbera

Cost: $9/vial               Bottle: n/a                Cost per bottle via Vivino: $14.56

The Barbera nose was very soft, with all the dark fruits blending nicely.  The mouth-feel was also soft, with little tannin action to tease the tastebuds.  The finish was suprisingly long and pleasant.  This would go freakin’ amazeballs with the tartness of a strawberry & rhubarb pie!

2014 Demarie Nebbiolo

Cost: $10/vial               Bottle: n/a                Cost per bottle via Wine-Searcher: $14.96

Dark cherries, blackberry, and red plums arouse the olfactory, igniting my salivary glands in anticipation of the mouth-feel.  A hint of sweetness on the front gives way to a very well balanced tannin and body experience within your pie hole.   I would recommend this with blackened lamb chops and roasted parsley potatoes.

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Right now you are probably running the numbers.  Each vial is 100 ml, and 100 ml = 3.38 oz  It would take 7.5 vials to equal one 750 ml bottle of wine.  At an average of $9 per vial you would pay almost $70 for enough vials to equal a bottle.  That’s nearly 5 times the cost of any bottle listed in this article.  Yes it is expensive if you look at it that way.  A monthly subscription is $29 per month for 3 vials.  Here is how I see it; you are trying out wines that you would normally not have thought of.  It’s more of an experience than an event.  You have the wines delivered to you house, and you’re not driving anywhere.  Right now it is snowing like crazy outside my house, so yes, it is a benefit to me, and probably to you as well in some form.  I’m drawn to it because of its novelty, and I will continue the subscription for another month, then we’ll see what happens.  Vinebox‘s website has all sorts of descriptors, appellation information, food pairing recommendations, and even music pairings.

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