By using science and probably some kind of spy technology, Facebook was able to figure out that I enjoy a glass of wine every now and then. (By “every now and then”, I mean all the time.) While perusing my Facebook feed, I came across an interesting post about a thing called the Tasting Room. A different kind of wine club in that you are sent wines to try, and based on a personalized profile they make up for you, a full shipment is sent to your door. I, of course, had to try it. So I thought it would be a good idea to share with you my experience with the Tasting Room.
It was actually quite simple to get started. I took a virtual trip on down to TastingRoom.com, and signed up. A few days later, I received a tasting kit box filled with 6 adorable 50 ml wine bottles, as well as directions on how to start a tasting. I was given a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, 2 Cabernet Sauvignons, and a Zinfandel.
Each tiny wine bottle had a specific number on it, which corresponded to a 2-sided tasting mat that was included in the box (white wines on one side, and red on the other.) I put my little baby whites in the fridge for 20 mins, and took them out 5 mins before I wanted to begin my tasting.
I then went to TastingRoom.com/rate to get started with a tasting. They started with the whites, so I got out a couple glasses, filled one with bottle number 1, and the other with bottle 2. Each was placed on the corresponding number on the white tasting mat.
Then it was time for the moment I had been waiting for all half hour…drinking the wine! I took sips of each white, and told the computer my opinion.
I then moved on to the reds, and matched up the wine to the mat like I did with the whites. My computer told me which wines to taste, and I gave my opinions as asked.
After I went through all the wines and questions, I was asked if there were any I disliked (I did not care for the Chardonnay or Zinfandel.)
After I was done with that, I was given a full profile of what kinds of wines I would like, as well as food paring suggestions.
Based on my profile, the site picked wines to place in a wine club shipment, and within a week or so I had a full case of wine (I asked for a red and white mix.) Here is what it was filled with:
2013 Lettieri Clarksburg Petite Sirah
2013 Compass Point Paso Robles Merlot
2012 Mise en Scène Pinot Noir Russian River
2013 The Rogue Wave Monterey County Pinot Noir
2013 Compass Point Central Coast White Blend
2014 Mythmaker Monterey County Pinot Gris
Last night, I had the 2013 The Rogue Wave Monterey County Pinot Noir, and I have to say that they did a good job. I went back to TastingRoom.com, and rated the wine. The point is that, as you continuously rate the wines you get, your future shipments will be filled with wines you like. If you dislike any of the wines, they will replace it or give you a credit.
Of course, I guess I should tell you about the cost. My tasting kit costs $6.95. My current shipment was $149 without shipping costs ($168.99 after shipping.) Would I say it’s worth it? At this time, yes. The tasting process was pretty fun, and I like that I can receive a credit if I don’t like the wine they send me. That’s not typical of a wine club. I’m sticking with it, and I have another shipment coming in a couple months. I’ll keep you all posted of the wines that I receive, and if I decide to stay in the club.