US start-up offers mail-order wine by the glass

One start-up is serving up a new subscription service that brings a sommelier to you.

“Vinebox allows members to discover new wines and explore their own taste preferences before committing to a full-size bottle,” says Vinebox co-founder Matthew Dukes.

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Dukes and Rachel Vodofsky, former corporate lawyers, co-founded Vinebox in January 2015. The two self-proclaimed wine enthusiasts got their inspiration tasting different wines while traveling abroad. “Not everyone has this kind of access,” said Dukes. “We wanted to come up with a way to make really great wines more accessible and affordable, without sacrificing quality.”

Vinebox sends its members a box of three individual vials, the equivalent of three glasses of wine, each month. The package also comes with tasting notes and pairing recommendations.

Vinebox subscription fees are $35/month, and full-size bottles are available for purchase on the company website.

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