The Best Wine Delivery Subscription Service

We’ve all been there. You’ve got the perfect dinner prepared, friends and family or your significant other with you and everything. The perfect mood is set, but you’ve missed one key ingredient. You don’t have any wine! That’s when you make a promise to yourself to never let this happen again and sign up for the best wine delivery subscription service there is on the market.

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In today’s world, getting things delivered straight to your doorstep is key. Traveling Vineyard doesn’t disappoint and brings the best value when it comes to a wine subscription. Through their flexible REWINED wine subscription, you’ll receive award winning wines every other month delivered straight to your doorstep.

Build Your Own Box

Once you sign up for REWINED, you’ll have access to your personal dashboard. You can access it from your desktop or mobile device. You get to pick from the latest Curated Selections (pairs of reds or mixes of reds and whites) as well as select from Customer Favorites to create a mixed, personalized shipment!

2 long-time customer favorite sweet wines: Fissata and Double Date. Get these every other month and never run out of these sweet sippers again!

Save on Shipping

As your taste buds change and you want a different flavor in your next shipment, you can log in to your dashboard and change your wine selection, no problem! One of the great things about REWINED is the more bottles you add, the more money you save on shipping. REWINED subscribers receive the lowest shipping rate of just $5.95 for a shipment of six bottles or more.

All the Perks, None of the Hassle

Directly from the Traveling Vineyard website:

  • Exclusive Traveling Vineyard wines delivered to your doorstep every other month
  • Personal Dashboard to manage subscriptions and account information 24/7
  • Access wine notes and more to guide you through every shipment
  • Ability to add-on featured products to upcoming shipments and save big on shipping
  • Edit billing, shipping and personal information on the fly
  • Discover Sommology – and pair your wines like a pro
  • Reorder your favorites wines with ease – because great wines are worth repeating

Wine Glasses: Does It Even Matter?

You’ve probably seen Scandal enough times to notice that Ms. Pope has some fancy stems in her cupboard. It’s hard not to fantasize about drinking wine, especially from those glasses, after watching about half an episode.

Oh, and don’t forget to pair it with popcorn. What kind of popcorn does she always eat anyway? Butter? Kettle corn?

I’m Team Butter, all day. And just like there is popular opinion about what type of popcorn is best, there’s a split opinion on whether or not a wine glass really has an effect on wine. That’s why you can find different red wine glasses and white wine glasses everywhere these days. Some people believe it’s all nonsense and a waste of money while others find there are true benefits to not only using a wine glass instead of a regular cup, but using a wine glass specifically made for each type of wine.

Let’s explore the concepts:

1. Glasses don’t matter; it’s marketing!
For many people, the different types of stemware are just a marketing ploy that’s been passed down over the years. See, Claus Riedel from the Riedel glassware company was looking for ways to collect some more coin for his wine glasses. To accomplish this, he came out with a fancy new line of glassware (originally a set of 10) for different varietals of wine. He explained that the shape of the glass would help the drink be able to pick up on the aromas better and direct the wine to the specific part of your mouth that would make the wine taste its absolute best. 

This is complete nonsense to many people who believe that you can pour you a nice glass of whatever wine in a teacup for all it matters and still be able to enjoy it to the fullest. It’s the wine that counts, not the glass.

2. The glass brings the wine to life!
Naturally, this school of thought is all about the glass. As Riedel believed, the glass being shaped a certain way with the angled bell at the bottom then flowing to a more narrow passageway traps the important wine aromas. The largest section of the glass also acts as a sort of “fill to” line. 

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The long empty space between the top of the wine and the top of the glass is supposed to be there to give the drinker enough room to swirl til their heart’s content without spilling a drop.  But who really complains when they get an overfilled glass anyway?

All in all, both sides have their arguments. I personally just love to have a cabinet full of wine glasses for fun entertaining with friends and family when they come over. I do have red wine glasses and white wine glasses, but nothing specific to the varietal beyond that.

What about you? Do you stick to sipping wine from your coffee mug and red solo cup or do you own some fancy stemware? Do tell!

What The Cork Is This?

So you’re in a nice restaurant…ya know…Olive Garden.

And you tell the waiter “uh yes, I’d like to buy a bottle of your house pinot noir”, because you’re feeling fancy.
The waiter comes out with the bottle, opens it, and gives you the cork. You accept the cork and look back at the waiter and just smile thinking to yourself “this will go nice in my cork collection at home”. 

What else are you supposed to do with a stupid cork? ​

Well, I’ll tell you…
Look at it.
Don’t smell it.

Often times, when you purchase a bottle of wine at a restaurant or sometimes even just when you’ve requested a pour from a certain bottle, the server will present the wine, uncork it and hand the cork over to you. Sometimes they may just place it on the table. 

Back in the day, wine labels deteriorated more easily, so checking the cork of a wine was a great way to check and make sure that was in fact the wine you requested. Nowadays, we don’t have that issue. You can easily just check the label as the server presents the wine to you before opening it. Sometimes, they’re in a hurry and don’t grab the right bottle. This your time to double check.

The main info a cork offers to you is if the wine was properly stored. You want the cork to be nice and moist which ensures the wine was stored on it’s side. Wines that are sealed with cork need to be stored on their side to seal out air. When this is done, the cork stays nice and saturated until it’s opened.

Beyond that, the judgement of value and greatness comes from the delicious fermented grape juice that gets poured into your glass: the wine. That’s where you’ll check the color, body or leg, smell, and taste of the wine!

You can give the cork back to the server, now.

So now you know the great ‘secret of the cork’ and can share it with your friends and family next time you’re out. You don’t have to be a wine snob to know a few good things about wine! If you liked this info, you can contact me about hosting a wine tasting where I share more insight on easy tips and tricks to identify characteristics of a wine to know what it will taste like before even taking the first sip!

Cheers!