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Winc Reviews: How It Works, Cost + What Some Customers “Wine” About

winc logoReviews of Winc: A few years ago a company called, “Club W” set out to be the “Netflix of Wine.” Apparently they did something right, as they reached $1 million in revenue in their first 12 weeks! Well, that company is now called, “Winc,” and they have become hugely popular with wine lovers as is evident with their half-million Facebook fans.

So, being a wine lover myself (with a gourmet blog), I figured I’d use their $25 off coupon and try Winc out to see how it works. Here’s my review for Winc’s monthly wine club.


First, How Winc Works:

Some years ago companies started to realize that simplicity is king. Restaurant’s like Chipotle reduced their menu down to a minimalist’s dream, (sorry, diners!) and other sites like Netflix, Easy Canvas Prints and Home Chef stripped their sites down to the studs to make ordering a streamlined process of a few clicks. Simplicity is what Winc is going for, too. Here’s how it works according to Winc.com:

  • Winc delivers 4 bottles of wine to your door each month, shipping cost is included
  • Pick your own bottles or let them make recommendations to match your taste. Wines start at $13 per bottle and come with pairing recommendations & recipes
  • There is no membership fee, and you can cancel anytime

Ok, let’s get started! 


Winc Cost?

The costs for Winc are straight-forward, and shipping is “free,” and included in your total. Wines start at $13, so your total cost will just be the sum of the 4 wines that you choose. That means the minimal cost will be $52 per month. I substituted one of the bottles for a nice $20 alternative, so it made my order a little bit more expensive. You can also opt for “Winc Select” which has premium wines starting at about $20.

Here are the monthly costs of Winc:

  • First month: $52+ $27+ with coupon!
  • Subsequent months: $52+
  • Winc Select: (1+ bottle upgraded) $60+*

*If you choose to upgrade to Winc Select, you can choose from highly-rated, more expensive bottles of wine

If you rate 10 wines, you’ll receive a $10 credit on your account. If you refer a friend, you get a $26 credit. Orders of 12+ bottles get a 10% discount.


Ordering = Minimalism + Simplicity

As a new user you’ll just want to click to activate the “4 bottles for $28” promotion, then click the “Get Started” button on the top of their site. You’ll then be prompted with a few questions so that they can better understand your palette. These questions include a few multiple choice prompts like, “How do you like your coffee?”, and “Do you like citrus?”

Then, you can choose red, white, or a mix of both for your 4 bottles of wine delivered each month:

winc red white wine

Choose red or white wines

Now, click, “see your wines,” and voila! They have created a selection of 4 wines based on your tastes:

winc wine selection

You can now click on any of the selected wines to read about them in more detail. Feel free to substitute other wines if you’d like:

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Read about any Winc wine in detail

Winc gives you a plethora of well-presented and helpful info on each wine selection including:

  • Cost ($13 and up)
  • Body: (Full, medium, etc)
  • Alcohol Content
  • Balance (Fruit, earth, wood)
  • How to serve: (chilled or room temp?) 
  • What it pairs well with (fish, red meat, pasta, sushi, etc)
  • Wine description with origin and interesting history

I then double-checked my selections by googling them for reviews. For the 2015 Rogue Admirals Cabernet Sauvignon I saw that it got an impressive 3.7 star review. One of the “red blends” that was recommended didn’t get a great review, so I easy substituted it.

If you do want to make a substitution, just click on any bottle and choose from a wide variety of replacements that are sortable by several filters including price.

Want even better wines? You can click “upgrade” and your wine bottles will come from the more expensive, highly-rated “Winc Select” selections. You can switch back and forth any time.

OK, I’m happy with my 4 wines, time to complete my order.


Place Your Order (Use a coupon!)

At this time you just enter your shipping and billing info, and enter a promo code if you don’t already have a great discount applied: *Apply a $25 off code now!new

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Enter a coupon or voucher if a good one isn’t already applied

Ok, for my first order I’m paying $34 for 4 good bottles of wine including delivery. Now, let’s see what happens!


Unboxing Winc:

My wine arrived in only 3 busines days. That’s fast! Here’s what my wines look like:

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My Winc wines

The wines were very well-packaged, and came with a booklet that includes “the A-Z of Wines,” to help you appreciate all of the aspects of wine that you may not have given much thought like, acidity, body, minerality, and descriptions of varietals like “Pinot Noir” or “Cabernet Franc.” Interesting and fun!

So far we’ve only tried the Rosa Obscura Red Blend, but it was really good! Tastes like a $10-15 bottle of wine to me, but the experience of trying something new, learning new things, and being mindful about the wine I was drinking was what I liked best.

winc rosa obscura

Rosa Obscura from Winc. Mmm….

“Lush with jammy California goodness, full body and an ultra smooth texture, this 2016 blend is what we call a Big Red. Zinfandel is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for juicy notes of cherry, strawberry, cassis, cocoa and violet. Drink this versatile red with a steak dinner…” – Winc description

I did have it with steak, and it was great! I actually have never bought a “red blend” before, but I certainly will now, and that’s the beauty of Winc. While I don’t expect any $13-20 bottle of wine to blow my socks off, I really look forward to appreciating these new wines, learning more about them, and being more mindful when I drink them.

Buying wine through Winc isn’t a “deal.” You could probably find similar wines from better-known brands at your local liquor store at a cheaper price. But then again, that’s not the point of Winc. Part of what you pay for is the experience. Its really educational, fun, and kind of like having a friend who is a sommelier (wine guy) picking out bottles for you.

Personally, I think choosing wine at the store is an intimidating experience, and I end up making my choices based on the labels and price. (Duh!?) Winc gives you well-researched recommendations from sustainable sources, and even provides recipes for meals to pair with the wines.

Getting 4 new bottles of wine each month also means that my wife and I will choose one night each week to enjoy a new bottle, drink it, read and talk about it, and then make sweet love by moonlight. (not sure about the last one!) I really like knowing that a new selection of wines is arriving each month, and it’s exciting like a Christmas gift to open!


Get wine-pairing recipes + rate your wines

Go into your account and you can also find free recipes that pair well with each of your wine selections:

winc wine recipes

Your wine pairs well with…. free recipes!

Did you enjoy the wine? Winc let’s you rate and review each bottle that you ordered to learn more about your palette and refine future recommendations.


Winc reviews:

Here’s what people like about Winc, as well as the biggest complaints common in negative customer reviews:

*GOOD reviews:

review goodI’m not the only person to think this is a fun experience. Winc generally does a great job, and you can tell that they care immensely about their business. That’s why most reviews for Winc are stellar.

“WINC has amazing wines and top notch customer service! They recommend wines based on your palate profile you complete and send you wines every month. You can cancel or skip a month anytime. Joining winc has allowed me to appreciate wine more, expand my palate, and try new wines and flavors. I highly recommend winc to everyone!” – Jamie B

Common themes in good reviews include:

  • The monthly club format enables you to try new wines and learn about them and about wines in general. It’s fun!
  • FedEx Shipping is “free” and very fast + great packaging
  • Great customer service and well-run company
  • Focus on sustainability, not cheap wine from big brands
  • The more wines you review, the better the future recommendations to your taste
  • Monthly clubs are fun!

*BAD reviews & complaints:

review badNo monthly club has a 100% rating. Here’s what people don’t like about Winc:

“You can probably do just as well or frankly better at Trader Joe’s for the money in addition to the high shipping cost.” – Ryan C via Yelp

  • Their $13+ bottles of wine aren’t mind-blowing, some reviews describe them as “mediocre” “overpriced,” or at worst “undrinkable”
  • It’s inconvenient to cancel your subscription (you have to call or online chat during business hours)
  • You may have to sign for the package in some states

In conclusion…

Well, there you have it. Most of the reviews, including my own review for Winc, are quote positive. Even though some people rightly complain that you can buy similar wine at the liquor store for less money, it’s really the experience that you’re paying for. I mean, it’s a lot cheaper to just drink a Heineken at home rather than go to a nice bar and pay $6, right? Same concept with Winc.

Like most monthly food or wine clubs, Winc is about putting something fun and educational on the calendar each month. It makes you appreciate the whole experience, and not just the wine itself.

Considering trying Winc for a month? Here’s a coupon for $25 off your first order!

winc coupon

Have you tried Winc? Leave your own rating and review below!

*Related: Our review of Easy Canvas Prints | Winc named a top wine delivery subscription service at forbes.com

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How Long Does WINE Last After Opening? Red, White, & Box Wine

How long will opened and unopened wine last? One of the best things to come home to is that opened bottle of wine we forget we had waiting for us. We pour it in a big glass, swirl it around and breathe in the sweet aroma.

But when we take that first sip, sometimes it’s not that crisp and bubbly flavor that hit our tongues a couple of days ago. The taste is sour or vinegary, our lips twist and our eyes squint. The wine is spoiled – how on Earth could we let this delightful drink that’s always there for us, down?

It’s okay, wine accepts us for who we are (it does see us sing at the top of our lungs). But, the worst thing is watching our wine pour down the drain (sometimes while crying) – even if it was only a $9 Barefoot bottle. Here are some estimates for how long wine lasts, as well as wine storage advice that explains the Miles Davis photo.

how long wine lasts

How Long Does Wine Last / Stay Good?

The cheap wine, (under $20) most of us buy at the liquor store can last a couple of years if stored correctly. Virtually none of this “cheap” wine is suitable for “cellaring”, (storing for long period of time) but it still might last as long as your average canned good if stored properly. To figure out if your wine is still good, start with the year on the label. Generally better wine can last longer, so that ’06 Yellow Tail chardonnay isn’t fit for drinking anymore!

wine last once opened

Here’s some helpful info on how long wine stays fresh / drinkable:


How Long Does RED Wine Last?

  • Unopened: 2-3 years
  • Opened lasts: 1-2 weeks (in refrigerator)

Red wine varieties include: Cabernet Sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, syrah, malbec, etc. Good for your heart and on the table of a candlelight dinner, all of the luscious varieties of red wine lasts about 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator after opening. Uncorked, red wine lasts about 2 to 3 years. This gives us plenty of time to choose between all of the subtle notes we’re in the mood for – from violets, blueberry, cherries and even coffee. Red wine is best enjoyed when it’s room temperature and after some time of breathing in some air to bring out the flavors. Sit it out as a decoration and try not to rush it’s beauty!


How Long Does WHITE Wine Last?

  • Unopened: 1-2 years
  • Once opened, it lasts: 1-3 days (in refrigerator)

White wine varieties include: Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, moscato, riesling, etc. The elegant and sparkly white wine is a lot more demanding (one of the only kind of demands I’ll be happy to follow). After opening, white wine only lasts about 1 to 3 days because white wine is a lot more sensitive to light and heat. White wine makes me think of a breezy summer day. Light and bubbly — with notes of citrus, melon, apple and much more. Without opening, white wine can last 1 to 2 years.


How Long Does BOX Wine Last?

  • Unopened box wine: 6-9 months
  • Opened box wine lasts: 6+ weeks

Are you training for the “Tour de Franzia?” Unlike bottled wine, box wine actually has an expiration date. Box wine should still taste fine a couple of months past its expiration date.


How Long Does Fine Wine Last?

Fine Wine can last decades in a wine cellar, but once opened is subject to the same laws of physics as cheap wine.

  • Fine Red Wine: Up to 10 years
  • Fine Red wine: up to 20+ years
  • Fortified wines: Up to 100+ years

*A fortified wine is one to which a distilled spirit, such as brandy, has been added. Varieties of fortified wine include: port wine, sherry, vermouth, madeira wine, and marsala wine

It’s weird to think that a bottle of wine that has been fermenting since the nineties can go bad within days of opening, but all good things must come to an end. The reason wine goes bad is from the same thing that makes red wine taste better: oxidation. As wine is exposed to oxygen (which we can’t cut off completely after opening), it spoils.

*Related: Does Drinking Wine Make You Fat?


Make Wine Last Longer: Keep It COOL, DARK, & HORIZONTAL (Like Miles Davis on His Back!)

proper wine storage last longer

I just made that simile up, and it’s such a nice visual to remember! Anyway, in order to know how to care for your wine, you need to know how to start its life off right when you take it home. The proper place to store your bottle of wine is not going to be right by your side, but it’s okay, it will still be there when you wake up (unlike other things).

The wine that’s stacked beautifully by name on the liquor store shelves are meant to be enjoyed soon after purchasing and not stored for longer period of time. Wine cellars are the perfect, proper way to store good wine, so we want to try to replicate them. Cellars are cool, dark places with a temperature between 50-55°F (13°C).

If you have the habit of keeping your wine above the fridge, near the stove or next to the dishwasher — stop it! Every time you use one of those appliances, their heat will heat up your poor bottle of wine.

how long opened red wine lastFind a spot in your house where it’s cool and dark and where you can place your wine horizontally. Storing your wine bottle on its side keeps the cork moist, which will prevent the horror of air sneaking into the bottle and drying out the cork, causing it to crumble into your wine.

We’ve all had the experience of finally popping that cork only to find pieces of it floating in your glass (Although this doesn’t stop us from drinking it – I’ve been there).

*Takeaway: “If storing wine properly is cool, consider me Miles Davis!” The three easy steps to storing wine are keeping it cool, dark and horizontal. You can find some fun wine racks on sites like Etsy, or just create your own!

How to know if wine is still good: 4 Simple Ways to Detect Bad Wine

There is no such thing as bad wine, I refuse to believe it!

  • Smell: When your wine is sour, the aroma will most likely be sour as well. Instead of a fruity aroma, there will be a musty, moldy smell like wet cardboard.
  • Sight: We love the palette of color that wines can show, so I’m sure we can tell when something is off. If red wines have a brownish hue, it’s as good as dirt. If white wines are darker than usual, ditch them. Another thing you should be able to notice as you gaze at the stream of wine pouring into your class is cloudiness.
  • Taste: Just trust your instincts when you take a sip of wine and it doesn’t make you want to smile immediately.
  • Leaky Cork: The cork gets weird when the wine gets weird. If the cork is leaky or poking out of the bottle more than usual, the bottle has overheated.

wine corksHopefully this post has provided some helpful estimates of how long wine stays good for. (In fact, we’re full of good advice, and recently wrote a post about how to ripen avocados faster!) If all of the above is too wordy or confusing, just go by our ancestors’ rule of thumb: “if something tastes disgusting, you probably shouldn’t drink it!”

Also, you can get some great bottles of wine for under $20 at your local liquor store, so no need to go crazy and order expensive wine from Harry & David or wine.com, unless it’s a gift.

Photo of Miles Davis By Antonisse, Marcel / Anefo