Wine for your Weekend: QuarantWINE delivery

Let’s talk about wine delivery!

In the time of the pandemic, wine delivered straight to your door is the service we all need. Right now, my social media feeds are FILLED with online wine clubs, delivery options, and subscription services, and while I’m definitely not willing to commit to most of their plans, I’m not above signing up for their introductory offer if it scores me a good deal on wine in the short term.

A few weeks ago, I got an email from ‘First Leaf,’ a service that helps you curate your taste, makes wine recommendations, and claims to sell you wine at 60% less than retail. It’s, admittedly, hard to verify this because a lot of their wines aren’t widely distributed, so the “retail price” may be inflated to reflect availability or may reflect what it might retail at if it retailed at all. Some wines are only distributed by distributors like a website, or might have a single store contract only. (Costco, for example, has some exclusive labels that come through). Thus…hard to compare.

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That being said, if you tell me the wine normally retails at $20 and you’re going to give it to me for the introductory rate of $5, that’s a good deal even if the bottle might more realistically retail for $10. And $5 a bottle is what my order of six wines worked out to after I added my promo code, and accepted their COVID-19 pandemic pack instead of the six wines that were supposed to be handpicked for me.

As of this writing, the promo code I had for the website has since expired, but you can still go to firstleaf.com, take the intro quiz, and have their pandemic pack shipped for about $6.75 a bottle. We’re opening our first bottle tonight, and it’s destined to become QuarantWINE #6 as it’s truly the first bottle of wine we’ve purchased during quarantine.

Then just this morning, I received a promo code from a friend to try Naked Wines delivery. Naked Wines is set up almost exactly the same as first leaf, with the added “bonus” that their users are funding independent wine makers, and therefore their selection of wine is all supposed to be unique, handcrafted, and not easily found in stores. They also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if you don’t like the wine you drink, you get your money back.

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Not sure the logistics of that policy, but…it is what it is!

In any case, Naked Wines worked almost the same way as First Leaf. You went to their website, took a quick wine survey, gave them your email address, and then they sent you a welcome gift. In my case, the welcome gift was a trial order of six wines, and with the promo voucher from my friend, this came out to about $5.50 a bottle, similar to First Leaf.

Of course, many liquor and grocery stores have continued sales, and you can always just arrange to pick up your favorite $5 wine locally as well.

However, if you’re looking for something new and different, don’t want to linger in the wine aisle…or don’t know where to start even if you’re there, and want to score at least a reasonable deal in the process, now is as good a time as any to explore those service options that quickly went from novelty, to essential!

Cheers!

Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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