Knowing how much I love wine, it was just a matter of time before I signed up for a monthly wine club. I’m trying one of the new kids on the block – Bright Cellars. In its advertising, the company boasts that it is founded by two MIT grads who have a “secret” formula for matching customer preferences with wine selections. The sign up process is much like the other monthly subscription services I joined:
1. Take the quiz to build your profile
“Your answers help us determine characteristics of wine that we think you’ll love.”
Here are some of the questions asked:
- What is the one type of chocolate you could eat for the rest of your life? Me: Reese’s Cup
- How do you like your tea? Me: Iced and sweet
- What’s your go to drink? (when you’re out of wine!)? Me: Martini (dry)
- What is your favorite juice? Me: Is coffee juice?
- What is your favorite wine pairing? Me: A fine dinner
- How adventurous are you with new food and drink? (you can change this later) Me: I’m here to try delicious, unique wine. Surprise me!
- Do you have a preference for red or white wines? Me: Mostly reds, but I’ll try an interesting white.
2. Get matched to your first wine experience
“Based on your answers, we automatically match you to wines each month. Skip a month or cancel anytime.”
You pay for each bottle of wine. This month, my wine bill was $60 for five bottles of wine.
3. Rate your matches
“The more wines you review, the better your matches get. Mark your favorites and we’ll let you know if those wines go on sale.”
Wine box and packaging
So here are the wines that I received this month. I can’t review them all in this blog, but picked one that I was very interested to try.
MOJAVE RAIN RED BLEND 2014. California, USA
Bright Cellar’s Notes – 92 points
- BLACK RASPBERRY
A well-balanced California Red that has enticing aromas of black raspberry, blackberry and plum. Flavors of dried strawberry, earth and spice linger in the finish. This wine is great just on its own! Or enjoy with wild mushrooms over polenta, meat-stuffed ravioli or Italian cheeses.
So, this is the wine we opened from the box immediately. We were anxious to taste the deep fruity tastes, like blackberry and plum, with the the brighter strawberry taste. I am typically a Merlot drinker – I rarely stray from it – and this is definitely my type of wine! It starts off on the intense side, but finishes with the bright strawberry twang. At the cost of roughly $12 for this box, I would most certainly purchase this wine on it’s own, outside of the club. Now, I tried searching for it at sites like Total Wine and More and the PA Wine and Spirits Shop. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it (one of the benefits of joining a wine club is getting to taste wines that aren’t easily accessible to the public). I’ll just have to wait until it goes on sale on the Bright Cellars site.
So far a very good start to my wine relationship with Bright Cellars!
Below are other wines I received in the box and am looking forward to trying!
TOTALLY RANDOM MOSCATO. California, USA
Bright Cellars Notes:
A delightfully sweet white wine that is great alone or as an aperitif. Ripe fruits like peach, pear, apple and guava dance across your palate leading to a crisp tangerine finish. Pairs perfectly with spicy Asian fare or enjoy with dessert.
CASTELO DE VERÃO WHITE BLEND 2015. Terras do Dão, Portugal
A white wine blend of indigenous Portuguese white varietals. This wine is like nothing you’ve had before, just try it! Crisp acidity, bright citrus fruits and fresh orchard fruits are the driving elements behind this food-friendly wine. Enjoy with grilled fish, shellfish or a mixed salad with lemon vinaigrette.
LAWSONS RIDGE SHIRAZ-CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015. Riverina, Australia
- BLACK CHERRY
- BLACK PEPPER
This wonderful Australian blend is full of black cherry, blackberry and plum aromas. On the palate you’ll notice black pepper, spice and a touch of oak. This wine is ideal with barbecued or grilled meats and smoked cheeses!
MARE DI VETRO AGLIANICO 2015. Puglia, Italy
- BLACK CHERRY
A dark, sultry, full-bodied red wine with flavors of black cherry, blackberry, plum and cocoa spice in the finish. Pair with smoked meats or hard cheeses like Asiago or Parmesan.
Have you tried any of these wines? Let me know what you think!