Bright Cellars brings you wines that match your personal taste based on your answers in a fun, short quiz. You’ll get 4 bottles per month for $60 per box + $8 shipping.
Bright Cellar’s shtick is that it was founded by two MIT grads – the more wines you review, the better your matches.
The quiz is simple and asks basic taste questions (including on candy, juice, and tea) as well as some lifestyle questions. “The Bright Points algorithm scores each wine by comparing 18 attributes to your preferences, matching you with your monthly experience.”
DEAL: Get 50% off your first shipment! A $30 value! Use this link to get the deal.
Each month has a card with some pearls of wisdom relating to wine and the enjoyment thereof. This month’s card focuses on the appearance of wine – how to view your glass and what the color tells you about the wines preparation and aging.
The presentation of the shipped bottles is better than other services, with each bottle being treated to a separate wrapping.
The turquoise tissue paper keeps the wine a surprise, too.
The stickers used to seal the tissue share some fun wine-related humor.
All the wines this month from Bright Cellars!
No information actually comes in the box, just online (the above are screenshots from my account). For that reason, this subscription is iffy for gifting, apart from the nice presentation of the wrapped bottles. It’s really one that you purchase yourself – you want to rate the wines and get it personalized. However, they do have a system where you can gift a membership – send it to someone that you know would be interested in the online features and rating their wines.
The White Wines.
California Forty Winks White Blend: This blend of Chardonnay and Semillion brings a light body and bright acidity to the party. It is bold and bright, but the strength of the wine isn’t subdued, and the mild fruit notes and tangy citrus don’t prevent the alcohol from declaring its presence.
Porta D’Oro Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2015: We enjoyed this wine thoroughly, and it had the fruity, brilliant, and quenching qualities I expect from this grape. The wine is very light in body, and it has a vivid nose and refreshing crispness, with notes of green apple, lemon, and honeyed stonefruit.
Craft Wines Bootstrap Red 2014 California: My first impression of this wine was the beautiful, Concord grape color of the pour. There’s a very clear raspberry and plum accord underpinned by some smokiness and a bit of peppery spice. At 14.4%, its powerful and tastes very potent, but the brilliancy of the fruit gives it an enjoyable presence on the palate.
Puglia Burrasca Syrah 2015: The description of the bottle had me a bit concerned that the wine would be a bit hot, as it declared itself representative of the stormy and violent past of the Puglia region, and our other wines have run a little hot. It surprised me with its mellow balance. Slighty oaky, with a spicy finish, the body had a hearty, deep presence with tones of dark berries.