This is part of uOpen’s ‘Meet The Maker’ interview series - your exclusive opportunity to get to know the real people and personalities behind the subscription boxes you know and love, and the ones you will soon come to!
Discover the fascinating stories behind how your favourite subscriptions originally came to be, the marvellous people involved in lovingly creating and curating each box, plus a few ‘behind the scenes’ snaps.
What sparked your decision to start up your box and how did you get started?
We started by importing some wine from small family vineyards a few years ago, and we soon realised a lot of our customers were asking us to pick the wines for them. They wanted to receive a few bottles to try regularly, and that's when we decided to start the subscription box, to offer our customers exactly what they wanted!
Describe your box in three words?
Discover, learn, enjoy.
Where did your box name come from?
'Your Sommelier' is the name of our brand, and when we started the box, we wanted a name that would best describe the experience of the subscription, so we named it 'Discovery'.
Are you a creator or curator?
We are a curator as we only pick the wines from the estates that make them. However, we do create a specific theme every month and tasting cards for each wine we send in the box.
What was your most popular box?
Definitely the Discovery Box. Our second box is the Expert Box, for those who already know a bit more about French wine and want to try more specific wines - and slightly more expensive ones as well!
How many people are involved with producing your subscription box?
We have five within our company, making and preparing the boxes...but that doesn't include all the people at the vineyards producing the wines of course!
Which subscription boxes do you subscribe to?
I've tried a few, mainly food & drinks like Beer52, Gusto and HelloFresh.
Name a celebrity subscriber you’d love to have as a customer?
Michel Roux Jr.
If you could put anything in your box, with money or scarcity no object, what would it be?
Some cheese to go with the wines!
What do you love about uOpen?
That you can get any type of subscription box from one, easy-to-use place!
Your Sommelier | Meet The Maker
Today we had the pleasure of speaking with Celian Ravel d'Estienne, CEO and co-founder of French wine subscription box - Your Sommelier. This popular subscription box delivers three bottles of fine French wine to your doorstep every month - including white, red and rose so that subscribers can enjoy the very best bottles from France's famous vineyards.
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