Recently, I stopped by my friend Julie's after work to talk about her upcoming wedding, but the bottle of Cabernet she opened quickly took over as topic of conversation. It tasted like dark chocolate, blueberry and sweet baking spices. I was kind of thrilled that it was just two of us on the bottle to pour at our leisure. "Is this a really expensive bottle, Jules?" She was excited to let me in on her secret: “No, not at all! You've got to try Tasting Room!" Then she opened her laptop and showed me her Wine Profile.
I'd already seen their commercials, and heard about Tasting Room in the media. It's the fastest growing wine club in the nation, and the first to let you sample wine first, with its exclusive Tasting Kit, before tailoring wine selections to match your taste preferences.
Julie's Wine Profile explained why she got that bottle of Cab we'd just enjoyed in her shipment. It described her tastes perfectly. I knew right away I was missing out. I signed up to receive my wine Tasting Kit, which arrived a few days later.
My Tasting Kit contained six sample-size bottles of wine, which made for a fun night in. I logged on to Tasting Room's site, and I was guided through an engaging tasting. It compared each wine against the next, and just clicked on the ones I preferred and rated them. Once I was done, I got my own Wine Profile right away.
Unlike Julie, who likes big, opulent red wines, Tasting Room helped me learn that I like bold, earthy reds with more substance and depth. I already knew I enjoyed Cabernet, which was listed as the first wine suggestion on my red Wine Profile, but Tasting Room suggested I also try Garnacha and Sangiovese to start. Both came in my first Tasting Room shipment, and I loved them– especially when I paired them with roasted chicken, as my Red Wine Profile suggested.
My White Wine Profile suggested I like fresh, zesty whites. It mentioned I should start with Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, but recommended I try Albariño from Spain as well. Tasting Room was right! Albariño is now my favorite wine, bar none. I never order my old go-to, Pinot Grigio, if Albariño's on the menu.
The profiles are fun, and packed with helpful information, but the best part is the wine that follows! All of the wines I've received from Tasting Room have been my taste. Plus, every bottle comes with a satisfaction guarantee, so if I were to ever receive a wine I didn't like, they'd replace it with another one of the delicious wines from their collection. It's well worth it at under $10 bucks to join (that gets you your kit and profile), and you can cancel at anytime.
Update: The awesome team at Tasting Room is now extending a special limited-time intro offer to our readers! Follow this link to get your wine tasting kit for just $6.95 (normally $39.95)!
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