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Wine Awesomeness Wine Club Review

Wine Awesomeness Wine Club Review

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  • Product
  • Specification

Give the gift of a wine adventure with either a prepaid membership or a single box of expertly curated wine from around the world!

$59.00

Duration

Ongoing Until You Cancel

No. of Bottles

3

Wine Delivery Frequency

Monthly

Wine Type

Mixed, All Whites, All Reds, Rose, Sparkling, U.S. Wines, International Wines

Wine Awesomeness is one of the newer wine clubs to enter the wine club space. They not only focus on offering exceptional wines each month, but they work hard to also offer a unique wine “journey”. Their claim to fame is “A monthly journey, curated for adventurous souls.” They truly do search the globe for not only good wine, but also fun, cool, “crave worthy” wines. These aren't going to be your standard wines found in most wine clubs.

Fun, cool wines from around the globe, accompanied by exceptional information about each wine.



PROS:
  • Extensive educational information with each shipment
  • Tasting notes & pairing suggestions with each wine
  • Great price for exceptional wines
  • Ability to gift a single one-time box of wine
  • Gift Certificates
CONS:
  • No phone support
  • Limited live chat hours
  • No gift wrapping option
  • Wines may not appeal to more traditional wine lovers


Wine Selection: (Rating: 8/10)

With each shipment you will be sent 3 or 6 bottles based on either a region or theme. Our theme was “Taco Night”.

Wine Awesomeness 3 Pack Wines in Box

Our Wine Awesomeness 3 pack

For instance our three pack contained:

  • 2014 Chronic Cellars, Purple Pardise – from Paso Robles, CA. It's 70% Zinfandel, 14% Syrah, 11% Petite Sirah, and 5% Grenache. Heavy red wine with hints of cocoa and allspice.
  • 2015 Scopa, Montepulciano D'Abruzzo – from Abruzzo, Italy. 100% Montepulciano. Medium body wine full of over-ripe raspberry flavor along with red apple and a hint of tart cherry.
  • 2013 Skuttlebutt, Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon – from Margaret River, Australia. It's 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon. Tastes like a tropical fruit salad: Lime, passionfruit, pineapple ad agave all melded into a soft textured wine.

They also pair each wine with a recipe – in our case it was a different taco recipe for each wine.

Wine Awesomeness Taco Recipe

One of the taco recipes that accompanied our wine.

Wine Quality: (Rating: 9/10)

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of these wines – especially considering the price point of the Wine Awesomeness shipments. When you consider you are also getting free shipping, you will be hard-pressed to find wines of this quality at your local store. We only had one wine we weren't in love with, but that's no fault of Wine Awesomeness – we simply are not fans of exceptionally dry wines. When you subscribe to a wine club you will have that occasional wine that just doesn't match with your palate – but exploring new wines is what it's all about and that's what you have to keep in mind.

Memberships/Pricing: (Rating: 9/10)

Wine Awesomeness basically offers two membership levels – a three bottle and six bottle. There isn't any preference ability other than selecting whites, reds or mixture.

Pricing is excellent at less than $15/bottle with free shipping. There are no contracts and you can cancel at any time. You can also skip a shipments without canceling. You can select monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly shipments.

You can do a one time shipment with either the three or six bottle packs – however you will pay a flat rate of $15 for those. You can't limit the duration of memberships – only on gift memberships that are prepaid in three month, six month or twelve month memberships.

Additional Perks: (Rating: 7/10)

Wine Awesomeness has a refer a friend program where you can earn credits towards future purchases – can not be used towards monthly shipments however. You can send a friend a $10 gift code and if they redeem it (1st time customers only) you will receive $10 towards gift purchases or purchases of additional bottles.

Wine Awesomeness also includes their “The Black Label” wine magazine with each shipment. The information contained in this magazine is exceptional. For each bottle in the shipment it gives information about the wine itself as well as the winery. You also get tasting notes and fun suggestions on pairing activities, music, and food (along with a recipe) with that particular wine.

Wine Awesomeness Wine Information and Recipe pairing

Information on each wine plus a recipe pairing

States: (Rating: 9/10)

As of the writing of this review Wine Awesomeness ships to the following states: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

They also ship to U.S. Armed Forces bases overseas, plus the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. However they don't ship to Hawaii or Alaska.

Gift Memberships and Options: (Rating: 9/10)

Wine Awesomeness offers gift memberships in prepaid (you pay upfront) 3-month, 6-month and 9-month options. Right now they are also offering a bonus bottle with the first shipment.

If you would rather just send a single box of wine, rather than an on-going membership, you have the option of selecting either a 3-pack or 6-pack box.

You can also purchase gift certificates that your recipient can use towards a membership, a single box of wine, or individual bottles.

There is no option for special gift packaging.

Website Features: (Rating: 8/10)

Wine Awesomeness's website clean and easy to navigate, although finding their blog with it's plethora of information requires you to scroll down to their footer. Then it is named “theblacklabel” – like the magazine that comes with each shipment.

They also have the link to buy individual bottles of wine hidden from navigation – but can be found in their FAQ's section. So this seems somewhat counter productive.

Customer Service/Support: (Rating: 6/10)

This is where we find Wine Awesomeness a little bit lacking. They do not offer phone support at all – only email and live chat. Live chat is only available from 10am – 4pm EST Monday through Friday. With their email support they request you allow one to two business days for a response. So if you have a pressing issue, you may have difficulty reaching the Wine Awesomeness team in a timely manner.

They do have an extensive FAQ's section and a blog full of educational information.


Pricing

Taxes are added in addition to the monthly price. Shipping is FREE on Monthly Memberships. Memberships are billed Monthly.

Three-Pack Variety: a mix of red and white with a chance of a rosé or bubbly. $45/month

Three-Pack All Red: three unique wines – only reds. $45/month

Three-Pack All White: three different whites with a chance of a rosé or bubbly. $45/month

Six-Pack: all six of the monthly selections. Everything and Anything. $75/month

Non-Membership Options

Single Box of Wine: send either a three or six pack in a one time shipment – $45 or $75 plus $15 Shipping


Specification

Pricing

Under $15 a Bottle

$15 to Under $20 a Bottle

Bottle Count

3

6

Help and Support

Live Chat

Email

FAQ's

Wine Selections

Red

White

Mixture(Red/White)

Champagne/Sparkling Wines

US Wines

International Wines

Shipping Frequency per Year

4 Times

6 Times

12 Times

Club Features

Money Back Guarantee: No

Contract Required?: No

Cancellation Fee: No

Can I Skip a Shipment?: Yes

Can I limit the duration?: On Gift Memberships Only help

Offer One Time Shipments: Yes

Can I establish a Wine Profile that my selections are based on?: No

Can I get a refund/replacement if I don't like a selection?: No

Tasting Notes/Materials/Videos help

Can I order Bottles without a Club Membership?: Yes help

Free Shipping

Offer Gift Club Memberships: Yes

Offer Gift Collections/Boxes that don't require membership: Yes

States They Ship To

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Minnesota

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oregon

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

Washington DC

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming


Who is This Wine Club Best Suited For?

Wine Awesomeness will appeal to those wine lovers who like to explore exceptional wines that are a bit more “off the beaten path”. They would also be a good choice for those just starting out who may not be sure if the whole wine club thing is right for them, or as a gift for the young wine lover who is just starting to discover the whole world of wine.


What We Like about Wine Awesomeness

Great Price: Wine Awesomeness provides great wine selections at an affordable price.

Fun Experience: The level of the information that is sent with each shipment is truly outstanding. It makes trying out new wines not only fun, but a true “experience” – you are guided through the process with detailed tasting notes, and fun food, music and entertainment pairing options. Each month's journey brings a new wine region to explore, or a fun theme to dive into.

Creative & a Bit Edgy: We like that they aren't afraid to pick fun, creative wines that are exceptional but may raise an eyebrow or two with traditional wine drinkers – either because of their cool packaging/labeling or their non-traditional locations.

Single Box Shipment Option: We love the fact that you can either get or send a single box of wine without having to sign up for a membership. This not only allows people to test the waters before committing, but it also allows those who love the idea of giving the gift of wine, but who may be on a more limited budget to still be able to send a great box of wine as a gift.


What We Don't Like about Wine Awesomeness

Customer Support: We'd like to see them expand on their customer support options a bit more. Having phone support would be a huge benefit for those that have questions, or just simply prefer to talk to a human being when they have an problem.

We'd also like to see them expand their live chat hours a bit more to cover weekends and evenings if nothing more. Many people work during the week and their only option for dealing with problems or questions is evenings and weekends.

Gift Packaging: With wine memberships becoming more and more popular, we'd love to see an option for special gift packaging at least on the first shipment or with the single box offer. If you give a gift of wine, you'd like it to stand out a bit when the recipient receives and opens it.



8 Total Score
Fun, Fine Wine Selections at a great price.

Wine Awesomeness offers simple membership options that provide outstanding wine selections at a great price. They make a great option for new wine drinkers or those just looking for something a bit different in their wine journey.

Wine Selection
8
Wine Quality
9
Memberships & Pricing
9
Additional Perks
7
States Shipped to
8
Website Features
8
Customer Service and Support
6
Gift Memberships & Options
9
PROS
  • Extensive educational information with each shipment
  • Tasting notes & pairing suggestions with each wine
  • Great price for exceptional wines
  • Ability to gift a single one-time box of wine
  • Gift Certificates
CONS
  • No phone support
  • Limited live chat hours
  • No gift wrapping option
  • Wines may not appeal to more traditional wine lovers
Single Box of Wine from Wine Awesomeness

Wine Awesomeness

FREE Shipping on Memberships – Gift Subscriptions – One Time Shipments


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  • Product
  • Specification

Give the gift of a wine adventure with either a prepaid membership or a single box of expertly curated wine from around the world!

$59.00

Duration

Ongoing Until You Cancel

No. of Bottles

3

Wine Delivery Frequency

Monthly

Wine Type

Mixed, All Whites, All Reds, Rose, Sparkling, U.S. Wines, International Wines

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One Time

Wine Type

Mixed, All Whites, All Reds, Rose, Sparkling, U.S. Wines, International Wines

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Lynn is the founder and chief editor at ReVUEzzle.com. She is responsible for strategy and business development. Her background is in software development, marketing, and project management. She loves camping, traveling, and all things soccer related. She has been married for over 30 years to one great guy and has two adult children. Lynn is also the human companion to two cats - Jynx and Spanky. She is based in Minnesota, USA.

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