If wine delivered straight to your door sounds like a dream come true, dream no more! Bright Cellars Monthly Wine Club sends you four wines a month, custom picked for you! I tried it for a month, and here’s what I thought. Note: Bright Cellars sent me their wines in exchange for my honest review.
Are you overwhelmed by wine lists? Do you stand frozen in confusion in the wine aisle at your local supermarket, trying to figure out the difference between a shiraz and a syrah? A wine club can help! Personally, I love the idea of wine clubs, because even though I don’t think I’m completely clueless with wine– there is SO MUCH that I don’t know! Bright Cellars is here to help with their Monthly Wine Club.
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How Bright Cellars Works
Bright Cellars sends out four wines a month, and is not associated with one specific wine brand. That means you get to try out a variety of wines from different regions of the world.
They start your ‘wine experience’ by having you take a Taste Quiz. Interestingly, they don’t ask you what types of wine you like, or what kinds you despise, or what you’re curious to try. Instead, they want to know if you prefer sweet or salty snacks, and force you to make impossible decisions like choosing between whiskey and martinis, or if you’d rather drink your wine on the beach or with dinner (um… both?). Bright Cellars tries to set up a flavor profile for you based on the flavors in the wine, instead of matching you by what you think you already know.
Next, they match you with wines they think you’ll love. At this point, you do have the chance to tell Bright Cellars that you want all red wine, or don’t want that shiraz they keep saying you’ll love. Which is exactly what I did. (Sorry, shiraz– I just don’t like you!)
Let me start this section by admitting that I usually have a hard time picking out the exact flavors that are supposed to be in a bottle of wine. Blackberries? (Uh.. sure. I totally smell blackberries. Or not.) Notes of chocolate? Well sure, but I’m also eating a piece of chocolate… so maybe that’s why. I am not a sommelier.
That said, I go to wine tastings for fun fairly often, and know that I normally love dry red wine (and normally dislike sweet wine). I normally drink red wine with dinner several times a week. So, I had Bright Cellars send me all dry reds.
My four custom-picked wines were… (Are you excited?)
Wine 1: Acopio Tempranillo 2015
As far as I know, I’ve never tried a Spanish tempranillo before. It was fabulous! It was fruity and dry, and reminded me a little bit of a Pinot Noir. This was the only wine Bright Cellars sent me that I was completely clueless about, and I’m so glad I was able to taste it! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for tempranillo wine in the future– it was light and delicious with cheese!
Wine 2: Mojave Rain Zinfandel 2015
I really enjoy red zinfandels, but for some reason I never remember to buy them. This wine was fruity and dry, with a peppery finish. We drank it with a tomato-seafood stew, and it went really well with the acidity of the tomato. This would also be really nice with a smoky cheese.
Wine 3: Blue Towers Malbec 2015
I should probably mention that Chilean malbecs are in my top three- along with chianti and merlot, malbec is one of my absolute favorite types of wine. (So, I’m probably pickier with my malbecs than with the other wines I tried.) This one was okay. I enjoyed it, and as it breathed, the flavors did bloom a little. As malbecs go, however, this wasn’t my favorite. It was fruity, and didn’t have the depth of flavor I normally look for in a malbec.
Wine 4: Glendale Cellars Paso Robles Red Blend 2013
I really enjoyed this red blend. There was no ‘wine type’ labeling on this bottle, so I’m not sure what kinds of wine they blended (but it tasted a little like merlot). The wine was fruity and a tad smoky. I liked the smokiness– I’d definitely drink this one again!
My wine-tasting month with Bright Cellars was incredibly enjoyable. I loved trying wines from vineyards I’d never heard of, and found a few wines that I’d definitely enjoy trying again. Am I a wine expert now? Of course not, but if I kept getting wine each month I’m sure I’d have a much better idea about which wines I enjoy most!
After I polished off the last bottle, I wondered, “What happens if I want more?” After you finish each month’s wine, you can rate it on Bright Cellar’s website. If there’s a wine you don’t like, they’ll send you an extra one to try in your next shipment. If there’s a wine you REALLY love, and you want to order more, simply email the wine concierge at firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to try it out? Click here, take the quiz, and get 50% off your first order!
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A Note on Billing: This is a subscription service. That means they keep your credit card information on file, and your wine will keep coming (and you’ll keep paying for it), unless you tell them otherwise. I can’t comment on the cancellation process, because Bright Cellars sent me the wine without having me complete the sign-up process.
A Note on Cost: As of right now, Bright Cellars charges $60 plus shipping per month. Their website states that you’re getting a ‘club discount’ with each wine bottle. I’ve never seen these wines in a store locally, so I can’t directly compare prices. Keep in mind, you’re also paying for convenience (you don’t have to leave the house), and for their ‘wine matching’ services.