Tasting Room Review
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All About Tasting Room
Tasting Room Wine Club Overall Review
Tasting Room wine club boasts that it gets smarter as you do. The introductory offers features six mini-bottles and encourages you to give feedback about the wine in order to develop a personalized tasting palate for future shipments.
Tasting Room delivers a fun experience that sets it apart from other clubs. Get your tasting for just $9.95 and start your journey.
- Interactive experience learns your preferences over time
- Fun, mini-bottle tasting kit gets you excited for next delivery
- Choose between red, white, or mixed subscriptions
- Control your account preferences online
- Choose between 1, 2, and 3 month shipment frequency
- 100% satisfaction guarantee
- No obligations, cancel or skip anytime
- Special introductory tasting kit
- Initial wines have extreme flavor profiles
- Only ships to AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY
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About Tasting Room Wine Club
Tasting Room utilizes patented technology to create special mini-bottles with no degradation in wine quality. This allows Tasting Room to create custom, introductory tasting kits featuring the best wine of the season.
But, Tasting Room couldn’t do it alone...
Lot18 acquired Tasting Room in 2013. Lot18 is a free, members-only, online wine store featuring extensive collections of expertly curated wines. By combining forces with Tasting Room, Lot18 is able to negotiate low prices with wineries around the world and ship them to wine-lovers everywhere.
The Tasting Room team has over 100 years of experience in wine curating. Their experts taste hundreds of wines from around the globe and typically select less than one out of every ten bottles they sample. That means you only receive the best wines.
Unlike other clubs, there’s no need to rely exclusively on their sommelier’s picks – Tasting Room utilizes Wine Profile personalization technology to automatically select wines that will please your palate. Just rate the wine you receive and it will adjust to your preferences over time.
Love a bottle? Order it again at the Tasting Room bottle shop. The Bottle Shop allows customers to order packs of 2, 6, or 12 bottles from Napa, Bordeaux, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Argentina, and dozens more of the world’s top wine-producing regions. That way, you can enjoy and share your favorite selections.
Ordering Tasting Room Wine Club
When you order Tasting Room, you’ll be prompted to answer a few questions about your taste preferences.
These do not impact the wines included in the initial tasting kit. However, your answers will help to create a personalized tasting profile, which gets used to improve future shipments.
Unless you cancel immediately following signing up, your first full shipment (12 bottles) will be shipped immediately following the tasting kit. If you have not rated the wines in your tasting kit within 30 days, Tasting Room will automatically send a selection of customer favorites.
Still, we recommend taking an active approach. You will enjoy the experience and wines significantly more if you do.
Unboxing Tasting Room Wine Club
Let me start by saying, I’ve tried A LOT of different wine clubs. Tasting Room delivers an experience like no other. This is the only wine club that actually made me excited to open the box and try all of the wines.
Where other wine clubs send you full bottles with the first shipment, Tasting Room builds anticipation with beautifully packaged 3 oz mini-bottles.
Check out what arrives:
The box includes instructions easy-to-follow instructions to get the most out of your tasting experience. All you need to do is:
- Log on to TastingRoom.com/Rate with your computer, phone, or tablet
- Follow the prompts to taste each bottle
- Rate the wines by selecting your favorites
We found that the initial wines had very strong flavor profiles. This contrasts other clubs that include a range of the most popular wines in their club. By including very different wines, Tasting Room encourages you to form an opinion and learn about the differences in each variety.
You may not love every wine in the tasting kit. And, that’s a good thing! Tasting Room uses your feedback to individually select every bottle you receive based on what you did and did not like.
Like all wine clubs, someone over 21-years-old must be present to sign for the wine delivery. This prevents underage drinking. Just be sure that you can arrange for a time to be home – if your order is undeliverable or refused, it will be returned to Tasting Room along with a $15 return shipping fee.
After receiving the tasting kit, shipments Cost $149 plus $19.99 shipping, averaging out to a total cost of about $13 per bottle. That saves you up to 37% off regular retail prices!
You can also opt for 2- or 6-bottle shipments if you'd like to start of slower. Wine shipments will be delivered every 2 months after your initial delivery. Don't worry - it's easy to change shipment dates or cancel your membership at any time.
If you're giving the gift of wine, the process is similar, but with a few more options to match different gift budgets. You can choose between gifts sets or gift memberships. Gift sets start at $34.00. You can also gift a wine membership like the Tasting Room 2-bottle Club, which starts at $23.99.
If you're feeling a little more generous, you can send them the 6-Bottle Club for $64.99. They get to choose when the 6 full-size bottles are sent once they create their tasting profile. However, for a gift that really impresses, go for the 12-Bottle Club which costs $119.00 per shipment. They'll be thanking you every time they uncork a new bottle of delicious, hand-selected wine.
About the Wines and Price
Tasting Room changes what is featured in the tasting kit based on availability. Here’s what came in ours:
- Tengo Albariño Rías Baixas (2015)
- Little Pioneer South Eastern Australia Chardonnay (2016)
- Trilus California Pinot Noir (2016)
- Compass Point Paso Robles Merlot (2014)
- Chasseur de Cailloux Côtes du Rhône Rouge (2016)
- Le Flaneur Pays d'Oc Cabernet Sauvignon (2016)
As mentioned previously, the wines in the tasting kit had relatively extreme taste profiles. But, there’s no risk, Tasting room will replace any wine that doesn’t meet your expectations or credit you for it.
Plus, the wines in the tasting kit are just 3 oz each, so you won’t be stuck with any bottles of wine you don’t enjoy. As the months progress, you are likely to enjoy the selections more and more.
The wines featured are on par with bottles costing roughly $15. If you normally drink more expensive wines, this may not be the perfect club for you. However, if you’re just getting into wine, or want to give a gift to a budding wine enthusiast, this club is terrific.
Tasting Room Customer Service
You can make most changes to your subscription by logging into your account, including canceling your order, skipping a shipment, changing the number of bottles you receive, or the frequency of your subscription. They even feature a “Ship it now” option if you can’t wait for the next installment.
But, if you need to reach Tasting Room’s customer service you can call (888) 929 - 2827 Monday through Friday from 10am – 6pm EST or by email anytime at email@example.com.
Some customer reviews have criticized Tasting Room’s customer service, or complained about being automatically charged for shipments subsequent to the initial tasting kit. However, we found their communication to be clear and effectively set expectations.
Bottom Line on Tasting Room Wine Club
Tasting Room makes trying new wines fun! It makes a great gift for any new wine lover or terrific experience to share with a partner by placing an emphasis on helping you determine your wine preferences. Order a tasting kit for under $10 and start your journey towards becoming a wine expert.