It’s no secret that I love wine. I love traveling to wine country, exploring new wineries, pairing food with wine, and — yes — tasting wine. There is just SO much wine out there from all over the world to discover.
However, now that we’ve got three kiddos at home, getting out of the house for wine tastings and dinners is way more challenging. And travel? Welp, we haven’t been brave enough to try that yet.
But, you know what? We found a GREAT way to discover, learn about, and try new wines … all in the comfort of our own home. Can you say, “date night”?
Tasting Room is like a wine club — but one that’s designed just for you and your tastebuds. (After all, wine should be about what YOU like!).
You start off by taking a quick online quiz about what flavors you tend to like — dark chocolate, citrus, coffee, etc. From there, Tasting Room uses those answers to put together a selection of six mini sample bottles of wine, which you taste, rate, and report on with the Tasting Room website. Let me tell you: this alone makes for a great date night. It’s super fun to go back and forth between the six mini bottles and compare and contrast each one.
From what you say you like (and don’t — because that’s equally important in creating your best wine experience possible), they curate a selection of wines from small wineries that you might otherwise never have heard of, then send you six full-sized bottles that you’ll more than likely dig.
SIX FULL-SIZED BOTTLES. It’s like Christmas.
Along with those beautiful bottles, you’re given an in-depth — yet easy to understand — wine profile (broken into red and white) that tells you about the flavors you’re drawn to, the varietals that tend to embody those characteristics, where the grapes you prefer are grown, what to eat with those wines, and more. It’s such a simple and fun way to learn about wine — it truly helps you understand what it is you like so you have the confidence to order it at a restaurant or buy it.
And my shipment really was perfectly curated for me. There was a sauv blanc that I was absolutely smitten with, a malbec that made me question while I haven’t had any malbec in so long, two pinot noirs from different areas to compare and contrast (something I really, really enjoy doing), and another white and red that were very, very drinkable and shareable. All of them were new to me.
As you try your new bottles (more date nights!), you get back in your Tasting Room profile, where you can keep rating your wines, adding notes to track what you love, all of which helps to refine your profile. It’s super easy to look back at your past shipments and order more bottles at any time (as long as your chosen wine is in stock) for — get this — $15 (which is just a couple dollars more than it costs as part of a subscription shipment).
Rating your wines also lets Tasting Room know when you’re done with a shipment, and helps them curate your next shipment — which will ship about a week after you enter your final rating, unless you request different timing. You can also schedule your shipments for when they’re convenient, cancel at any time, and earn credits toward your next shipments when you refer friends.
For wine-lovers and wine newbies this is a really fun subscription service that lets you explore, discover, and enjoy wine of all kinds … at home, according to your palette!
Update: The awesome team at Tasting Room is extending a special offer to our readers! Follow this link to get your wine tasting kit for just $9.95 (originally $39.95)!
Are you a red, white, or rosé gal? My answer totally depends on the weather … ha! —Jenn