Firstleaf is a wine club subscription that aims to discover your exact wine preferences and ship you that wine. A member’s first shipment will be an introductory pack containing 6 bottles of wine. It will be curated based on a few simple questions that you will answer upon sign up. If you rate wines after you receive your box, they’ll use their proprietary algorithm to target your exact preferences, getting better and better with every box.
DEAL: The introductory order with 6 bottles of wine is priced at $39.95 + tax and has free shipping, while future boxes will contain 6 bottles for $79.98 + $9.95 shipping and tax. No coupon needed, just use this link to subscribe.
Once you receive your first shipment, you can log into your account and rate the wines in the Previous Boxes section. The more wines you rate, the more closely they can match future shipments to your tastes. Instead of sorting you into broad categories, Firstleaf performs a chemical analysis of all their wines, and uses your ratings to narrow down your predicted reactions to each flavor component.
All the wine bottles arrived in perfect condition.
This white envelope contains info cards about all the featured wines.
Inside the envelope are six different cards containing all the information you need to know about each featured wine, and at the back are pictures of great scenery related to the wine or the place where it came from.
This month’s box also includes an informative booklet.
Featured inside the booklet are photos of different kinds of sophisticated wines with high ratings and multiple awards won.
This part of the booklet features a Letter from the Editor, some Firstleaf highlights, and a promotional ad for FirstLeaf Founder Favorites.
Here’s an interesting Q and A with David Cuthbert, the CEO of Wine To Water.
According to the booklet, Firstleaf sources its wine from all over the world. Here’s a map of some of the famous wine they produced and a bit of information about why they are loved so much!
Everything in my box!
This month’s box includes 3 bottles of red wine and 3 bottles of white wine!
Here are white wines from Mendocino County, Argentina, and South Africa!
Taste the terroir of Mendocino in the 92 point, Gold medal winning Idlewright Rosé of Pinot Noir. The cool nights and proximity to the ocean leave wines from Mendocino with beautiful and balanced acidity, which in this kind of wine is everything. To make this rosé the winemaker only let the grape skins touch the wine for a very short time, imparting the beautiful pink color. Choosing Pinot Noir grapes for a rosé is also a fantastic choice. The wine has an ethereal mix of fruit and earth with an incredibly light body. It’s complex with a light and savory finish. We think the secondary notes of rose petal, mushroom, and stone make it ideal for any occasion. It’s great on its own, or with grilled fish, ratatouille, or roasted meats.
This light-bodied, pink-colored wine has the fresh scent and flavors of strawberry, white peach, and jasmine.
It has fresh acidity and a delicious, lasting juicy finish, making it the perfect wine to drink with grilled salmon, ratatouille, and roasted chicken.
2018 Monjitas Blancas Argentina ($17.99)
Savor the zesty bouquet of flowers in this 93 Point, Double Gold medal-winning Monjitas Blancas Torrontés. Torrontés is a white grape that is known in insider wine circles as a hidden gem. This grape produces wines with prodigious aromas. We love the exotic floral notes of hibiscus, orange blossom, and gardenias that play off of the crisp, sweet citrus flavors. The Monjitas Blancas has these flavors as well as a prominent mineral structure that rounds out the wine. These notes meld together in an elegant and dry finish. The wine works as well on its own as it does with a meal. The complexity does lend itself to pairing with difficult dishes, and in particular, we have been enjoying this wine with spicy Asian cuisines.
It’s a highly luscious white wine that comes with distinct floral notes of hibiscus and orange blossom, layered with a bizarre blend of roses, jasmine, and geraniums.
The drink’s high-level of acidity makes this the most ideal wine to pair with coconut curry, spicy Asian dishes, and grilled fish.
Taste the fruit of the Apeloko farmers in this South African Chenin Blanc. Apeloko directly translates to “the man who stays late at the farm,” and sometimes that’s what it takes to make a truly amazing wine. This South African Chenin Blanc comes from decades-old vines that produced hearty grapes for a wine with beautiful notes of Fuji apple, candied lemon, and a vibrant acidity. It’s a concentrated Chenin Blanc that is still easy to enjoy. The flavors and acidity can stand up to some very rich foods. We want to try this with pâté, fresh tuna, and roasted chicken at the end of a long day’s work.
This white wine from South Africa is sweet, light-bodied, and smooth textured. It’s dominated with delightful notes of mineral, green apple, and lemon.
Its well-balanced taste and crisp finish pairs really well with pâté, roasted chicken, and grilled fish.
Our red wines are from Puglia Italy and California!
This Petite Sirah is as beautiful as a mountain vista. The grape is called “Petite” because the fruit is typically very small, but there’s nothing small about the flavor. Smoothed by the coastal influence of the Pacific (warm days and cool nights), the fruit used for this wine offers an incredible concentration of flavor and fruit intensity. The blackberry and black cherry jump out of the glass, and the more subtle notes of licorice, smoke, and leather will keep you coming back for more. The complexity is undeniable and will make for a great pairing wine. Try it with chicken in Mole sauce, cheeses, or stuffed peppers.
It’s a medium-bodied wine with low-acidity level and a lovely blend of sweet and fruity flavors. This wine is dominated with the taste of blackberry and black cherry with a profound notes of licorice, smoke, and leather.
According to FirstLeaf, this wine is best served chilled. It also makes a perfect pair with chicken in mole sauce, cheeses, or even stuffed peppers.
This wine will impress at your next party if you choose to share. Traditionally Petit Verdot is used alongside other grapes, it’s a native of Bordeaux that has a beautiful deep color, full tannins, and aromas of fruit and violets. We felt that this particular wine deserved its own time to shine, and that’s why we are bringing the single varietal Petit Verdot to the club. The Impress will leave you wanting more. With full fruit flavors of black cherry, blackcurrant, and blackberry mingling with vanilla and baking spice, this is a perfect wine to pair with food. We would recommend rosemary lamb chops, aged cheeses, and roasted mushrooms.
What I love about this wine is its well-integrated mixture of sweetness, tannin, and medium level of acidity. It’s a fruity, flavorful wine with a little kick of vanilla and other premium baking spices.
It also has an inviting scent! This red wine pairs well with herbed lamb chops, aged cheese, and roasted mushrooms.
2018 Tintoretto Sangiovese ($19.99)
Taste the history of the Italian peninsula in a glass of the award-winning Tintoretto Sangiovese. Wine has been made on the Italian peninsula for millennia. You could almost say that winemaking is in the blood or collective consciousness of the people. This wine comes from Puglia, which is not only home to some of the country’s oldest vineyards, it is also the heart of Italian agriculture, growing over half of the olives that form the backbone of Italian cooking. Producing wine for more than 2,000 years, nearly every varietal thrives in Puglia’s warm growing conditions along the Adriatic Sea. This wine, in particular, is an exuberant red with notes of red cherry, black raspberry, and hints of oregano. We’d pair this for an even better experience with the wine. Try it with roasted pork, lasagna, or a Porchetta sandwich.
This wine is unique and flavorful, it keeps me wanting for more. Notes of cherry, coffee, and blackcurrant dominate every sip, with a surpringly savory tomato leaf finish.
This wine is a great companion at the dining table, as it’s easy to pair with various dishes including roasted pork loin, porchetta, or even lasagna.
Consistency and reliability are the major factors that separate FirstLeaf Wine Club against other wine subscription boxes. They’ve been so consistent in providing us with a variety of premium-quality, multi-awarded red and white wines to satisfy our palate. I love all the wines I received this month! They are all packed securely, so they arrived in perfect condition. If you are a wine enthusiast always looking for a high-grade wine to pair with your meal, Firstleaf Wine Club is a great subscription to try!
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