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Your Personal Sommelier

I love wine, but I’m terrified of choosing something to pair with our nightly meals. My go-to strategy has always been to stand in the $15 section and gamble on a bottle that’s almost sold out. (“That means other people like buying it, right??” Maybe…) In my dream world, there would be a sommelier in every grocery aisle helping me decide what to get. So, I was thrilled to hear about Blue Apron’s new wine subscription


It works like this: when you sign up, Blue Apron sends you 6 bottles of seasonal wines, usually 3 whites and 3 reds, every month. Each wine comes with a special tasting card that explains everything about the wine (where it was grown, who produces it, characteristics.) One side of every card is solely designed to help newer wine drinkers assess a wine by look, smell and taste so they can learn how to make better decisions on their own. It’s a great learning tool for non-educated wine lovers like me. The cards also include suggestions for food pairing. If you’re a Blue Apron subscriber (you don’t have to be!), it specifically tells you which meals would taste best with the wines provided. This week we made Roasted Butternut Squash and paired it with Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard Grenache based on the card recommendations. Not only was the wine delicious, but it really did go perfectly with the meal we chose. So, basically it’s the next best thing to a personal sommelier.

I also loved that the wine bottles are a little smaller than average, so they’re the perfect size for 2 people. That means no pressure to finish a whole bottle in 1 sitting (i.e. overdrinking) just so the leftovers won’t go bad.

I highly recommend that you try it for yourself! Today, Blue Apron is offering Oh Happy Day readers a special discount: the first 50 people to click on this link will receive a $20 discount on their first wine order (a saving of 33%.)








This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.

Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

  1. Amanda

    March 7, 2016

  2. Pamela

    March 7, 2016

    “wine drinkers asses” may be the funniest typo I’ve seen in a while. I know my ass needs help picking a wine from time to time.

      • alison
      • March 7, 2016

      HA!! Thanks for catching that! 😉

  3. Paige

    March 7, 2016

    We love Blue Apron in our house! They’re meals are always so yummy!


  4. Michelle

    March 7, 2016

    This sounds so good, and it’s exactly what I need (I seem to drink the same wines every week). Maybe there is something like that in Germany as well!

  5. Ujjaini

    March 7, 2016

    That salad looks so good!

  6. kate

    March 7, 2016

    okay i have heard of blue apron..but my hubby is totally meat and potatoes…he doesnt step outside of his ‘food box’ ever…is this something that i can pick the meals that interest me..or no? I think that i would like to try it…but i also dont want to be stuck with something that we cant make work…thanks for the tips

  7. Kari

    March 7, 2016

    I need to give Blue Apron a try!

  8. Sarah

    March 7, 2016

    This is the first time I’m hearing about Blue Apron’s wine subscription! I love that they include informational cards about the wine. Perfect for a wine newbie like me! haha.

    XO – Sarah

  9. Jess.

    March 7, 2016

    I don’t drink, but this meal looks really delicious. I’m excited to try it!

  10. Samantha

    March 7, 2016

    Very cool! This is a great idea 🙂

  11. Justine

    March 7, 2016

    Where’s that cute top with the collar from?

      • alison
      • March 7, 2016

      J.Crew! (But, from 2 years ago…)

  12. katherine

    March 8, 2016

    love this post! where is the pretty shades of pink table linen from?

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