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The Wine List gifted me an introductory box to allow me to create this blog post and giveaway

Wine means something different to everybody. For some, it is a default drink on a night out. Others only drink it with a meal, or enjoy a glass at home. However you feel about wine, it’s important to know which varieties you prefer. It is possible to go wine tasting at a vineyard or pub. There are even lengthy educational courses available for anyone who wants an in depth knowledge. Now though, it is possible to gradually learn about the principles of wine tasting without leaving your house via The Wine List, an education focussed wine subscription box. Read on to find out all about it and enter a giveaway to win an introductory tasting box. For a Wine List discount, enter plutoniumsox30 on their website for 30% off your first box.

The Wine List bottles of red and white wine

What is The Wine List?

The Wine List is a subscription box for anybody who wants to increase their knowledge. This is not the sort of subscription box that just sends through a big box of wine at a bit of a discount. Instead, they focus on people who really want to learn about wine. Each month, customers receive two carefully selected bottles of wine, each retailing at between £15 and £20. The Wine List pick lesser-known regions, grapes and winemakers to help customers expand their knowledge.

Along with the wine itself, customers receive the Wine Roots tasting guide. This is a twelve lesson programme that is sent out once a month. The guide explains key principles from tasting to wine making. Also in the box is an interactive tasting card for each wine. Customers also have access to The Wine List community with lots of tasting notes and monthly videos.

Wine tasting guide and information cards

The Wine List subscription price for all this is £39 per month. It is great to enjoy each box with friends or family as an affordable alternative to a night out. Many of us wish we knew more about wine but don’t fancy the formality of a wine tasting course. Instead, The Wine List allows people to build up their knowledge gradually and learn about tasting, wine making and the components of the flavours they enjoy.

Bico Da Ran white wine with tasting guide

What we thought of The Wine List

My husband and I have been trying out the first Wine List subscription box. It contained one bottle each of red and white. We both prefer to drink red, but were pleasantly surprised by the white, a Spanish wine called Bico da Ran. In fact, if I was asked to pick a bottle of white again, I would go for the same one or one with similar properties. The Wine List describe it as, “fresh as they come, with lemon sherbert and fennel on the nose”. I would agree that it is incredibly fresh and very drinkable.

Bottle of Bico da Ran white with glass containing the wine and The Wine list information cards

The information sheet suggests a food pairing for each wine, some advanced learning, a story of the wine maker and information about the grape and region. There’s even some related trivia. On the other side is a tasting note section to fill in. It guides you through the characteristics and aroma profile and has space for some of your own notes. Both wines we tried were paired with meats or fish so as a vegetarian, I couldn’t try them with the suggested food. However, that was where the Wine Roots tasting guide came into its own.

This introductory guide led us through how to taste wine. Starting with look, then smell and finally taste. However, there is also a fourth element to it, namely ‘think’. It mentioned pairing a wine to the situation. For us, we wanted to savour every sip. It has been a long time since we’ve been out, so this was a real treat. We waited until the children had gone to bed to open a bottle and enjoyed the red with some dark chocolate. The red was a Spanish wine called Casa Castillo Monastrell. Whilst I did enjoy this, it was really interesting to read in the tasting guide that it is fresh and vibrant, far from a ‘heavy Rioja’. As a Rioja lover, I wasn’t surprised that this Casa Castillo was a little too light for me.

Casa Castillo red wine

Win an introduction to wine tasting

If you would like to try out The Wine List, you can win their first box, an introduction to wine tasting. This includes your first two wines worth £16 each, interactive tasting cards and the Wine Roots guide. The prize will be provided and sent by The Wine List. Please read my competition terms and conditions before entering via the Rafflecopter below.

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The Wine List gifted me an introductory box to allow me to create this blog post and giveaway


  1. Peter Watson
    May 29, 2020 / 9:26 am

    It’s great trying out different tastes and falvours.

  2. amy Simpson
    May 29, 2020 / 10:02 am

    Learning about the wines i’m drinking,instead of just drinking a bottle x

    • Anthony Morris
      June 9, 2020 / 7:17 am

      Enjoying the different wines

  3. Tracy Nixon
    May 29, 2020 / 10:31 am

    Their rose special would suit me!

  4. Sheena Batey
    May 29, 2020 / 11:20 am

    The tasting cards to jog my memory

  5. Iain maciver
    May 29, 2020 / 12:31 pm

    learning about the different wines

  6. Emma Howse
    May 29, 2020 / 12:58 pm

    I would love to try this wine!

  7. Solange
    May 29, 2020 / 4:18 pm

    I would love to learn about all the different wines.

  8. Margaret Clarkson
    May 30, 2020 / 2:06 pm

    Learning about different wines.

  9. Ruth Harwood
    May 31, 2020 / 7:40 am

    The tasting cards look like they’d be full of ideas on cocktails and bringing new flavours to our palates xx

  10. Andrew
    May 31, 2020 / 12:43 pm

    The Ciabot Berton Fisetta because I’ve never had the pleasure of a Barbera before.

  11. ashleigh allan
    June 1, 2020 / 8:31 am

    Trying new wines and learning about them!

  12. angela Treadway
    June 1, 2020 / 9:17 pm

    learning about the wines rather than just necking them lol x

  13. Ruth Eaton
    June 3, 2020 / 9:22 am

    I think it would be interesting to see if my pallette is as “sophiscated” as I think when it comes to wine. To see if what I am tasting is what is within the notes. Also the variety may push us to try something we wouldn’t normally pick.

  14. Kristyn Harris
    June 3, 2020 / 6:58 pm

    I would really love learning about different wines!

    June 6, 2020 / 7:47 pm

    I think it would be have to learn about the wines and not just drinking them

  16. Sarah morris
    June 9, 2020 / 7:17 am

    Enjoying the different wines

  17. Lyndsey cooksey
    June 13, 2020 / 1:20 pm

    I’ve only recently started drinking since I’ve been working in the school…. Not like that! Working there, there are lots of staff that enjoy drinking and going out for a glass of wine so I’ve been socialising more and trying different drinks. I would like to enjoy learning a out wines rather than just drinking them.

  18. Jo m welsh
    June 13, 2020 / 7:14 pm

    Learning a lot wines and trying different types

  19. Rachel Arnup
    June 19, 2020 / 3:57 pm

    I would enjoy trying the more exclusive wines that you cannot get in the Supermarkets.

  20. Megan
    June 19, 2020 / 8:37 pm

    I’d love learning about and trying wines that I wouldn’t have normally come across on my own.

  21. Tracy Gladman
    June 20, 2020 / 4:25 pm

    Learning about new wines

  22. Amy Bondoc
    June 21, 2020 / 2:34 pm

    learning about the different wines, love tryign new wines!

  23. Rich Tyler
    June 22, 2020 / 4:03 pm

    I love trying new wines, pairing with food

  24. Eileen Hindley
    June 23, 2020 / 11:11 am

    Discovering and learning about wine 🙂

  25. James Travis
    June 23, 2020 / 5:06 pm

    Sampling all the different wines

  26. Katie B
    June 24, 2020 / 1:06 am

    I love drinking wine but I don’t know much about them. Would love to learn more about wine and taste new ones!

  27. Gill Mitchell
    June 26, 2020 / 11:09 pm

    I would love trying different wines and sharing with a friend

  28. Carly Belsey
    June 27, 2020 / 8:41 am

    I would love to know how different wines are made – wonderful.

  29. Anthea Holloway
    June 27, 2020 / 10:27 am

    I like the sound of an explanation of each wine and how to enjoy it to the full!

  30. Emma England
    June 27, 2020 / 3:15 pm

    I love wine but I don’t know much about it. I like that not only do you get wine, you get to learn about it .

  31. Helen
    June 27, 2020 / 5:03 pm

    Trying different wines I wouldn’t usually choose!

  32. Patricia Barrett
    June 28, 2020 / 2:22 am

    I would love to learn about different wines. Thanks for the competition.

  33. Susan B
    June 28, 2020 / 4:59 am

    I always worry about choosing a naff wine to give to my hosts when I am invited for a meal. It would be good to know how to choose the best wine at my price point.

  34. June 28, 2020 / 7:47 am

    I would love the opportunity to be guided through some great new wines rather than sticking to tried and tested supermarket favourites

  35. claire woods
    June 28, 2020 / 9:01 am

    Learning about different wines. I always go for the same, as I know it.

  36. Mark Whittaker
    June 28, 2020 / 11:23 am

    I want to rediscover new world wines . I went through a stage of loving them , but then the big brands took over and ruined my enjoyment .

  37. Kim Neville
    June 28, 2020 / 12:01 pm

    discovering new wine tastes

  38. Charlotte Pashley-Foy
    June 28, 2020 / 3:41 pm

    Trying the different varieties of wine would be the best thing about the Wine List

  39. Amanda Botterill
    June 28, 2020 / 3:43 pm

    It would be lovely to learn how to appreciate wine more, and in the privacy of my own home

  40. Adrian Bold
    June 28, 2020 / 6:38 pm

    I like to try out and learn about new wines. Thanks for the competition.

  41. Georgie Wright
    June 28, 2020 / 7:15 pm

    I’d like to find out about different grapes and regions as well as trying new wines of course!

  42. AJ
    June 28, 2020 / 7:44 pm

    I’d love to learn more about wine and I like the fact this encourages it.

  43. Cathryn Crawshaw
    June 28, 2020 / 7:47 pm

    The tasting cards to help me along the way

  44. lynn neal
    June 28, 2020 / 9:58 pm

    Tasting cards seem a great idea!

  45. Tee Simpson
    June 28, 2020 / 11:15 pm

    I think I would enjoy the tasting cards.

  46. Darren Bourne
    June 28, 2020 / 11:19 pm

    The tasting cards look helpful for a novice. I would enjoy the tasting too!!

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