Every now and then you have to spoil yourself. Have a treat.
If your go-to treat is a bottle of wine, then you should be checking out a French company (now operating in the UK) called My Vitibox. For those interested in a wine monthly box, they are an interesting new kid on the block.
Vitibox know a lot about wine. The wine they sell is selected by Alain Gousse, former sommelier at La Tour d’Argent and Le Crillon. A lot of effort is put into sourcing wines from vineyards that you wouldn’t find in a supermarket.
For every 20 bottles of wine that Vitibox sample, only 1 makes it through their strict selection process. So when they say that a bottle of wine is worth trying, you really should listen.
Their website shows loads of details about the wines that they sell and the wine boxes that they sell.
If you’re looking for a wine subscription box, Vitibox have two to pick from. The one I’ve been checking out is Colours and Flavours which helps you make the best wine and food pairing (three month subscription for £22/month plus p&p). (The other box is Red Passion, which offers amazing & exclusive red wines.)
Two bottles of wine arrived in a shockproof case, lined in straw. Accompanying the beautifully presented bottles were two informative booklets and a drip disc (for pouring wines without dripping it – much needed).
The first bottle was Roussanne 2015 – La Bastide Saint Dominique, IGP Méditerrannée, a deliciously smooth French white wine. Now, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know much about the wine. The booklet (and the website) gives you an immense amount of information about each wine. For example, the opinion of the sommelier:
This roussanne is concentrated pleasure ! The light greenish gold robe let guess that the wine is explosive. And indeed, it is ! Its nose displays nice aromas of tree fruits (mainly apricot), and on the palate, we feel again these flavours of apricots along with almonds. It’s fruity and refreshing : a perfect wine for summer lunches! You can obviously pair if with white fish, but it will also be amazing served with a fresh tomatoe tart for example.
We had it with homemade seafood lasagna. It was sublime.
Our second bottle, a red, was a Malbec 2006 – Vignobles Violine du Roy, Touraine. Again, as well as the opinion of the sommelier, My Vitibox give you information about the grape variety, soil, vintage and the winemakers themselves. For example, the grapes:
Malbec is originally from Cahors, a famous wine producing town in the South West of France. During Renaissance, it was imported in the Loire Valley where it’s better known under the name of “côt”. It’s a slowgrowing variety that demands to be harvested at full maturity. It is also very sensitive to frost. Cultivating it in Touraine, a northern region, is therefore a pretty rough challenge !
If you want to keep the wine for longer, you can. The guide tells you how long the wine will keep while retaining it’s quality.
I am not a wine expert. I know a little and I’m beginning to figure out what I like about certain wines. That, however, is why My Vitibox is a great choice. You know you’re getting good wines and you’re also getting loads of information about them. You get information about the origin of the wine and suggested food pairings. A wine subscription gift would make a wonderful present for someone who is developing an interest in wine.
Subscribers also have the opportunity to buy further bottles of wine at a reduced rate direct from My Vitibox.
For wine lovers, My Vitibox’s Colours & Flavours box is an affordable luxury with genuinely interesting extras and the assurance that you’re getting quality wine.