The Ooh Box. The name says it all. A box, delivered to your door once a month, full of wines and other yummy goodies that you’ll most certainly ooh over.
The concept was born just three months ago as a members-only tasting group by Philippa Husband-Mitchell and her partner Jaco Schoeman. Their promise is that your box will always contain four bottles of wine, one olive oil or balsamic vinegar, one hot drink, one chocolate (the really, really good stuff) and one taste treat. It’s always beautifully packaged, each item tagged with a message from The Ooh Box team about why they love the product. There’s even a recipe thrown in for good measure, making use of one of the delicious treats contained in your box and paired with one of the wines. And if anything particularly takes your fancy, you can order it through the online shop and have it delivered to your door.
Sounds great, but what does it cost? Interestingly, the original registration fee has been scrapped but the monthly cost increased from R295 to R395 per month (minimum three-month subscription, includes courier costs). Still, it’s a great deal considering the total value of every Ooh Box.
My July Ooh Box contained:
Solms Delta Amalie 2010
Rustenberg Unwooded Chardonnay 2010
Le Bonheur Prima 2007
Thelema Sutherland Syrah 2008
Vesuvio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sweet Temptations Soft Toffee
Morgenster Black Olives
Two Eagle Rush energy drinks
Total value: R660
If you’d like to sign up to become a member, go to www.theoohbox.com. Memberships are limited to 1000, and only 250 spots are left, so best you hurry.
Previously deputy editor of Wine magazine, now part of the Getaway team and editor of the Best Value Wine Guide and Green Wine Awards, I’m still on the hunt for quaffable wines, delicious meals and exotic treats. This sometimes takes me to far-flung destinations, but mostly to my kitchen. I hope you’ll follow my recipes, reviews and thoughts on the world of travel, food and wine, and that they’ll inspire you to try something scrumptious.