I love an occasional glass of wine at the end of the night. A sense of relaxation combined with enjoying a new red or an old favorite is a great way to wind down after my busy days with work and the kids. What I hate is choosing the wrong wines and ending up with one that is oaky or old or too sweet. Although I know what tastes good, I often feel baffled in a wine store where I pick based on labels or varietals that I am familiar with.
Any sommelier would tell me that this is no way to buy wine, and I have recently been experiencing my very own wine 101 course right in the comfort of my home by testing out various blends from TastingRoom.com.
As the first-ever website destination for sampling, buying, and discovering wine, TastingRoom.com takes the concept of 'try before you buy' to a whole new level by allowing consumers to visit the site to pick up either a curated sampler, comprised of six 1.7 oz bottles of wine, or choose one of their first-ever luxury Wines by the Glass ($12.00-$19.00), single serving 3.4 oz bottles of wine. This allows you to have tastes of different varietals and find your favorites BEFORE you buy a bottle. I loved this concept of testing out small amounts of wine and then deciding if I liked them or not. The glasses are not huge so they are good for a small drink without worrying about overdoing it before the kiddos wake up bright and early the next day. If you like the sample, you can then purchase a full bottle on TastingRoom.com - placing the wine tasting experience right into the comfort of your living room.
For the samplers, you can opt to pick out blends based on their varietal, region, celebrity curated wine, single winery or picks from the staff. I loved looking through the site and reading their detailed descriptions that really helps you to understand what exactly you are sampling (not always the case in a wine store). You can also pick the Wines by the Glass option and purchase a single-serving of wine - just like you would in a restaurant. This includes a diverse selection with varietals like Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and much more. After you sample some of the wines, you can then purchase a full bottle right on the site - knowing exactly what you want based on what you tried. I love this concept as well as how this website is a one-stop shop for exploration and testing before you discover what wine works for you!
TastingRoom.com: A Unique Wine Sampling Program Favorite Selections
Mario Batali Selection, $32.95: Esteemed Chef Mario Batali will be your guide around Europe through a collection he curated featuring the aromatic Lake Chalice Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Cuvée Pinot Noir, Palacios Remondo 'La Montesa' Rioja, a Coppo Camp du Rouss Barbera D'Asti and a Bradford Mountain Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel.
A Taste Adventure'?¦Killers for Grillers, $27.99: This 'Killer Grillers'? wine sampler delivers tastes of six bold red wines meant to pair perfectly with any grilling occasion
A Taste Adventure ... Reds for Picnics, $27.99: This 'Reds for Picnics' wine sampler contains a lineup of six enticing varietals for your next outdoor outing.
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