Last week, I got my first order of Weekly Tasting. For those who have not heard of it, Weekly Tasting is a new concept where a box of four wines with a theme is curated by one of two sommeliers, Elizabeth Schneider of Wine For Normal People and Laura Maniec, owner of Corkbuzz. The boxes are $69.99, including shipping, and each box comes with 4 wines, tasting note cards with a recipe suggestion, and a short video that has the sommelier going through a tasting of each wine. This week's theme, if you can't tell from the title, is Grenache! Grenache, or Garnacha in Spain, is a new favorite grape of mine, so I was super excited to put in my order.
I busted into the box like it was Christmas morning. The box was well packaged, with the nice cardboard bottle holders AND laminated note cards! I've always wanted to try one of those subscription things where you get a fun box of goodies full of things you don't need, but this is even better! Wine shipped to my door + notes so I can learn + no subscription fee = genius.
The note cards are well done, with all of the basic information you would want to know about the bottle as well as a blurb from the sommelier (in this case Elizabeth) with her thoughts. In this box, there were two from Côtes du Rhône in France and two from Spain. I wanted to try them all immediately, and luckily, with our Coravin, I could! One was a screwtop, so we opened that bottle for dinner, but for the other three, I used the Coravin to pour a small taste. I was amazed to see how different they all were from each other despite being made (at least the majority**) from Grenache. From fruit forward to smokey to earthy to hints of leather, these wines showed it all!
**Remember from my previous France post that wines from Côtes du Rhône are Grenache based with some Syrah and Mourvedre thrown in. There are other grapes that can be included, but this blend has been nicknamed "GSM" for obvious reasons.
Overall, I think Weekly Tasting is a great idea. Where else can you find a hand selected box of four wines for less than $20/bottle that have detailed notes about each one?! I know that Elizabeth and Laura have both spent a lot of time tasting through hundreds of bottles to select these groupings, and I think the hard work showed in my first box!
The box available to order this week is from the French region of Bordeaux, which is famous for being very expensive. Wines from Bordeaux are usually blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, although Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot are also allowed varities. Wines from France are typically a bit "earthier" than wines from USA (ex: Napa Valley Cab), but if you typically like Cab or Merlot, I encourage you to give Weekly Tasting a try!