Tastingbox Fine Wine Flights

Tastingbox is a selection of fine wines by the glass, delivered to your door. You can have a glass any time, and try some great new small production wine!
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Nigel Tunnacliffe
Food
San Francisco, California
United States
2 Team Members

TastingBox Flight of 6

Why Tastingbox?

Brooke and Nigel tasting

As wine lovers, we face a problem every time we want to enjoy wine on a weeknight - do we open a nice bottle knowing we won’t finish it that night? It is such a shame to have the second half of a bottle of great wine end up in a sauce. We also love wine tasting and want to be able to try lots of new wines and learn the stories behind them without having to travel to a wine region.

We created Tastingbox as a way enjoy wine any time without committing to a full bottle, and as a way to discover and learn about great wines from small production wineries. We have set out to create an experience that makes wine fun, approachable, and educational. We hope you will join us!

 

A New Format for Wine

Tastingbox is the best way to enjoy fine wine by the glass at home. With each box you get a curated selection of great wines in single servings so you can enjoy a glass any time without having to open a whole bottle.

Plus each Tastingbox is designed as a complete and cohesive flight. We will deliberately choose wines that work well together so you can have a few friends over and have a complete guided tasting.

After you taste each wine, you can rate it on the Tastingbox store. We will use your ratings to adjust future Tastingboxes, and to give you recommendations of wine we think you will love.

 

Flight in a Box

Each Tastingbox will contain

  • a flight of small production wines in single serving bottles
  • a tasting guide for the flight
  • information about the wineries
  • tasting notes for each wine
  • food pairing suggestions for each wine

New selections of wine are created every three months, and when you find something you love, full size bottles of all wines we feature will be available on the Tastingbox store.

The Boxes

The People Behind Tastingbox

Our team consists of seasoned professionals with over a decade of experience in the wine industry, multiple successful startups, and degrees from Brown, Columbia and Oxford. We are partnering with industry leading bottling, shipping, legal and regulatory compliance organizations so we can ensure that everything goes smoothly and focus on creating the best product possible. We are passionate about wine, and believe that finding wine you love should be fun, not intimidating.

 

Perk Details and Shipping Information

Tentative Taster Extras

If you back us at the Tentative Taster level, you will get the following bonus gifts:

  • Shoutouts on Facebook and Twitter (only if you want)
  • a set of limited edition laser engraved cork coasters
  • a spot on our permanent digital thank you wall when we launch our site!
  • a free tasting for 2 at a Napa Valley winery

Beta Taster Extras

If you back us at the Beta Taster level or higher, you will get the following bonus gifts:

  • Shoutouts on Facebook and Twitter (only if you want)
  • a set of limited edition laser engraved cork coasters
  • a spot on our permanent digital thank you wall when we launch our site!
  • more than $100 worth of tastings and tours at California wineries
  • If you don't live in or near California, and don't expect to visit, you can opt for a $20 gift certificate in the Tastingbox store instead of the free tastings.

 

We are seeking licenses to be able to ship to four states by the end of the year (CA, DC, MN, and FL), with NY to follow by early 2014. We will continue to add licenses to other states, and each backer will count as a vote for your state!
Sadly, for the forseeable future, we will not be able to ship wine outside of the US, or to AL, AR, DE, KY, MA, MS, MT, OK, PA, SD, or UT. If you are in any of those areas, consider giving a Tastingbox as a gift (to someone in a state to which we can ship to), make arrangements to ship to a friend in an approved state, or go for a wonderful non-wine item.

 

Risks and Challenges

We have consulted with industry experts and are working with proven partners in order to mitigate the risks and challenges involved in starting a business in such a highly regulated industry with such a delicate product.

Bottling: Bottling in small formats reduces the agibility of wine, however the intention of Tastingbox is to provide great wines in single-servings that are ready to drink when you receive them. In some cases, to provide wines that are ready to drink, we may take wine that has been aged in standard or magnum bottles and rebottle them into our 5oz bottles. After consulting with wine chemistry experts, and people who have successfully performed rebottling of wine at scale, we have identified methods for testing for whether a particular wine will be a good candidate for rebottling. Even still, the agibility of rebottled wine will generally be less than that for wine bottled directly into small formats. The wines in Tastingbox will not be intended to be aged further, and we will advise the best time period with which to enjoy each wine while maintaining the full flavor the winemaker intended. The goal is for Tastingbox wines to have a shelf life of at least 6 months, and in some cases more than a year.

Licensing: We are working with an industry leading winery compliance firm and a top law firm in order to get all the necessary licenses in place, and to ensure we are complying with all appropriate regulations. Even still, the regulatory environment for alcohol is complex and always subject to change.

Shipping: Shipping wine is difficult and expensive. Exposure to hot or cold can impact the flavor of wine, and all wine deliveries must be received and signed for by someone 21 or older. We advise that you have the wine shipped to an office or apartment building, or be sure that someone is home to sign for it. We will be working with an experienced wine fullfillment company to ensure the timely and quality assured delivery of Tastingbox, and will provide the best information we can about the expected delivery date and time. We have received quotes from several shipping and fullfillment companies, and have build the cost of shipping into the perk levels.

Delivery date: With all of the above under consideration, we have built in a buffer of time and expect to ship the first boxes by January. If for some reason we cannot meet the January shipping date, we will let you know the adjusted shipping date well in advance, and will offer a refund to anyone who wishes to receive one.

 

Fine Print

All perks will be provided as a discount and store credit. This may be used to order Tastingboxes, wine, or non-alcohol items such as glassware and accessories. Once licensing is completed for your state, you will be able to order a Tastingbox with your store credit (which we can do for you if you like), or you can choose to order glassware, accessories and other non-wine items from the online store. You must be at least 21 years old to order wine, and all shipments will require an adult signature. Sales tax may need to be paid when you place your order.

 

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  • $5USD
    Stay in the loop

    You want to support us and stay informed. Thanks! We will keep you updated as we progress.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $20USD
    Gift Certificate

    We will keep you updated on our progress, and you will get a $20 gift certificate to spend in the Tastingbox store. Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift!

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $35USD
    Tentative Taster 1x4

    You want to be the first to try out Tastingbox. Good call! Get your hands on a Flight of 4 Tastingbox, shipping included (a $39 value). Plus all Tentative Taster extras! Please see perk details and shipping information before requesting this perk.

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    Tentative Taster 1x6

    Get your hands on a Flight of 6 Tastingbox, shipping included (a $49 value). Plus all Tentative Taster extras! Please see perk details and shipping information before requesting this perk.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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    Sommelier consultation

    Having a dinner party and not sure what to serve? Get a personal consultation with a sommelier and get recommendations for wine in your price range that are suited to your menu. We will take into account availability in your area.

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  • $80USD
    Tentative Taster 1x12

    You want to try out Tastingbox with a full dozen bottles! Receive a Tasting Case, shipping included (a $89 value), plus get all the Tentative Taster extras. Did we mention that Tastingbox makes a great gift? Please see perk details and shipping information before requesting this perk.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $100USD
    Beta Taster 2x6

    You want two full flights, and you love a deal. Get over $200 worth of perks for only $100! Receive 2 shipments of the Flight of 6 Tastingbox (one in January and one in March, a $98 value), shipping included. Plus get the Beta Taster extras, worth over $100! Please see perk details and shipping information before requesting this perk.

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  • $150USD
    Napa Wine Tour!

    We will take you for a full day guided tour, visiting at least 4 boutique Napa Valley and/or Sonoma wineries. Pick up and drop off from anywhere in San Francisco, SFO, or a Napa/Sonoma region hotel. Tasting fees included! This will be a group tour with other backers, so some scheduling flexibility will be required. Have a group? Back once for each person who will attend.

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    Beta Taster 2x12

    You want to taste a lot of wine! Receive 2 shipments of Tasting Case (one in January, one in March, a $178 value), shipping included. You also get more than $100 in Beta Taster extras! Please see perk details and shipping information before requesting this perk.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $180USD
    Year of Tastingbox!

    You know you are going to love Tastingbox, so why not enjoy fine wine by the glass all year? Receive a full year of the Flight of 6 Tastingbox (4 shipments, a $196 value), shipping included. Plus get the Beta Taster extras, worth over $100! Please see perk details and shipping information before requesting this perk.

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    Year of Tasting Case

    Fine wine by the glass at home is something you have always wanted, and you love a deal. More than $450 worth of perks for $300! Receive a full year of TastingCases (4 shipments of 12, a $356 value), shipping included. You also get the Beta Taster extras, worth more than $100! Please see perk details and shipping information before requesting this perk.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $550USD
    Tastingbox Club

    Be one of the first members of our innovative wine club! You will get a year of Tasting Cases (4 shipments of 12) + 9 full size bottles (3 bottles with shipments 2, 3 and 4; ~$650 value). We will hand pick the bottles based on the ratings you give for each wine you taste, and include a detailed description of why we chose each wine for you. Plus get the Beta Taster extras, worth over $100! Please see perk details and shipping information before requesting this perk.

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    Cellar Master

    Find out what you love, and then fill up your cellar! You will get a year of Tasting Cases + 24 full size bottles (6 bottles with shipments 2 and 3, and 12 with shipment 4; ~$1100 value). We will hand pick the bottles based on the ratings from each wine you taste, and include a description of why we think you will like each bottle. Plus get the Beta Taster extras, worth over $100, and an extra special thank you. Please see perk details and shipping information before requesting this perk.

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