A Club W review and a coupon deal for you — Come join the Club!

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This post has been sponsored by Club W. I received credits to order wine for the purposes of this Club W review; however, all opinions in this post are my own.

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OK, this was a lot of fun! Let me tell you about the Club W wine ordering experience and how you can try it too (and about a first-timer’s discount, of course…)

Choosing your wine

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I do drink the occasional glass of wine, but my issue has always been that I don’t know a lot about wine. I can tell you whether or not I like a particular wine after I try it — but an aisle of different choices tends to paralyze me, let alone the thought of ordering wine online.

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With that in mind, the cool thing about Club W is that it walks you through a series of questions that help establish your taste preferences, and then recommends a set of (really quite affordable) wines to match those preferences. You can complete your palate profile fairly quickly, and it helps Club W match you up with the wines you’ll likely enjoy.

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After you complete your profile, Club W will make their recommendations. You can instantly add their initial three suggestions to your delivered box, scroll down the page to see additional suggestions that match your flavor palate, or choose from their whole collection.

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Roll over any wine for a brief description and optional video to help you make your choices. As you try their wines, you can also come back to the site and rate them to help Club W continue to tailor your flavor profile ever more precisely to your preferences. Every month, they’ll make three new recommendations for you — but you can skip a month or cancel at any time.

The delivery experience

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When you order your wine, keep in mind that an adult over 21 needs to sign for the delivery. I thought about having it delivered to MashupDad’s office to make sure someone would be around to sign, but was concerned about him bringing wine back from downtown on the train. Turns out I needn’t have worried, though, because Club W packed their wine very well in a box with a convenient carry handle!

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If you do choose to have your Club W wine delivered to your home, you’ll receive an email with tracking information; just make sure an adult is home on the scheduled delivery date to sign for your order. My wine shipped two days after I ordered it and arrived four business days later.

So, how’d they do?

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For my three wines here, I went with one white (the Wayward White that Club W initially recommended) and two reds I chose after browsing through additional recommendations and reading product descriptions. Each bottle came with its own recipe card and information, which was helpful.

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The first wine we tried, Tempo Vero, is recommended for family dinners and in “a cozy kitchen.” Check! Tempo Vero came with a yummy looking recipe for cinnamon lamb stew, but I instead used it to make pot roast this past weekend. You’ll note there’s a little measured out here for the roast, a little more for the cook. ;) This wine made a mean pot roast, and was also nice as a pre-dinner cooking accompaniment.

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My personal favorite of the three wines turned out to be Atelier — which my accompanying card tells me is “perfect for a special date night.” Well, that is perfect! My birthday was yesterday, and this bottle of L’Atelier du Sud Grenache Blend paired perfectly with carryout + Game of Thrones for a lovely evening in. I’d definitely pick up this jammy blackberry-like Grenache + Syrah blend again.

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Lastly, carry on my Wayward White… I normally appreciate red wine much more than white, so approached this one with a bit more trepidation. What a pleasant surprise! This chardonnay actually did smell like butterscotch and was rather fruity; I enjoyed it much more than most other white wines I’ve tried.

Want to try too? A code for you!

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Check out the Club W experience to see what they recommend for you — and be sure to use code Mashup26 for $26 off your first order to get three bottles of wine for just $13.00 + $6 flat rate shipping! (By the way: Order six or more bottles, and shipping is free!)

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$13 a bottle is a nice price regardless for these wines, and I was impressed that all three of the bottles Club W suggested for me were right on the mark. I liked all of them, and the Atelier is probably my new favorite. If you decide to try Club W, too, I’d love to hear about your experiences.

40% off everything at Restaurant.com

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Here’s your latest Restaurant.com code: 4/17-4/18 only, you can get 40% off all Restaurant.com restaurant gift certificates! To score your deal, enter code DISH at checkout.

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Cents of Style Fashion Friday — Black & White!

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It’s Black & White Fashion Friday at Cents of Style! Today 4/17/15 you can choose from so many styles of black & white graphic accessories for 50% off plus free shipping with code BLACK101. Scarves, earrings, necklaces, shoes, hats, boots, and more. The pretty damask infinity scarf above is only $7.97 shipped with code, for instance.

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Bonus! Spend over $10 on this sale, and they’ll also offer you a free bracelet at checkout.

ACE Hardware tax day $10/$40

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$10 Off $40 At acehardware.com Only! Plus, Free Store Pickup. Buy Online & Pickup Today At Your Participating Neighborhood Ace! Use Code: TAX15 Exclusions Apply. Valid 4/15/2015

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