The Hottest Club in 2023 Is Tinto Amorio’s Natural Wine Club

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  • Value: 17/20
  • Functionality: 18/20
  • Quality: 20/20
  • Aesthetics: 20/20
  • Taste: 19/20
  • TOTAL: 94/100

Booze subscriptions are a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, we don’t reallyneed 16 double IPAs delivered to our door on a monthly basis. But if we’re talking wine, it’s a different story. So when we heard about Tinto Amorio, a wine brand that offers something of a unicorn—a natural wine subscription—we were intrigued. We had the chance to taste a few bottles at a PureWow dinner, and here are our honest thoughts.

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Katherine Gillen

What Is Tinto Amorio?

Tinto Amorio is a California-based wine company that offers limited-production natural wines and canned wine cocktails. You can purchase the drinks individually, but the brand also offers the option to join its wine club—a subscription service that offers 15 percent off biannual wine releases, first access to new wines and 10 percent off sitewide in between releases.

What Is ‘Natural’ Wine, Again?

TBH, the definition of “natural” wine is variable. Essentially, natural wine is made without adding or removing anything in the process. If you want to get more specific, some of the ways the process is described as include:

  • Made with organically and/or sustainable farmed grapes
  • Made without synthetic pesticides
  • Made with hand-harvested grapes
  • Fermented with native yeast
  • Made with minimal to no added sulfur
  • Made without fining (a clarifying process) or filtering

Tinto Amorio’s natural wine is made with sustainably farmed and certified-organic grapes, low sulfites and wild yeast, and the bottles are either unfined (as in, sediment wasn’t removed), unfiltered or both.

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What Are the Wines Like?

The red, Jajaja, is a light-bodied Zinfandel that’s meant to be served chilled, and, according to the brand, has notes of “cola berry spice, rhubarb and bramble.” We’re no wine connoisseurs, but we found it juicy and extremely drinkable—a red that we’d want to serve both at a summer backyard bash and a cozy winter dinner. Tinto Amorio calls it a “glou glou” red—that’s French for “glug glug,” and is a pretty accurate descriptor.

The rosé, No Pasa Nada, is also made from Zinfandel grapes, and the brand describes it as tasting of “vine-ripened red raspberry, mountain river stone, hints of dried hops and ending with a light macadamia nut finish.” In laymen’s terms, we thought it was mineral yet fruity and would make the perfect pair for barbecue.

Tinto Amorio also offers an orange (aka skin-contact white) wine, as well as canned red and white wine spritzes. (Unfortunately, the rosé and orange wine are sold out for the current season, but for what it’s worth, the red was our favorite of the bunch, and it’s fully in stock.)

How Can You Buy the Wines?

Tinto Amorio’s bevs are limited in stores, but they’re available for order online, and buying at least six bottles will get you free shipping.

If you opt for the wine club, you have a choice to make: There’s the $196 Glou Glou all Day Club, which gets you three bottles of red and three bottles of a rotating wine, or the $360 Winemaker’s Selects Club, which includes 12 bottles and guarantees an allocation of orange wine. Both require a minimum of two shipments, but that means you’ll always be stocked.

The Verdict

In a sea of wine subscriptions that all seem to offer a variation of the same old vino, Tinto Amorio is a refreshing change of pace. We love that the brand is super transparent about its product, and that the company is minority-owned and donates five percent of proceeds to charities in the community (like local food banks in California). Beyond that, the wines are fresh and fun, and exactly the type of drink we want to share among friends.

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Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City restaurants. She used to sling sugary desserts in a pastry kitchen, but now she’s an avid home cook and fanatic baker.


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...