Saturday, April 13, 2013

Thinking About Joining a Monthly Wine Club?

Since we don't sell wine at A Bit of Wine, we often have people coming to us looking for wine suggestions. This is one reason we started our Tuesday Tastings. While these tasting notes are not solicited, they do follow one rule - drink what you like & enjoy what you drink. Often times there is no rhyme or reason to the wines we choose. They are just a bottle we were in the mood for drinking.

Another question customers ask us about is monthly wine memberships. We aren't opposed to them. They are very convenient for those of us who enjoy wine on a regular basis. You don't have to put too much thought into the wine selection because they are going to send you your order based on your preference for reds or whites. The fact that 1, 2 or 12 bottles will show up every month can take the pressure off choosing what to drink on any particular evening. 

Also, the wines you tend to get aren't massed produces and are generally a limited production, estate bottled, and truly a one of a kind opportunity. This is were the wine tasting experience becomes fun and the primary topic of conversations!

The down side (in my opinion) to the wine clubs is that each wine club has their own selection of vineyards they ship from. Depending on the club and the variety of their selection, you can be quite limited in the wines you receive. I tend to enjoy the process of selecting a wine based  solely on my mood or a meal that I am planning. 

Two popular wine club options are The California Wine Club and Cellars Wine Club. Here quick summary of each club. Either one is worth exploring, especially if you are new to the wine club experience.

The California Wine Club

The California Wine Club gives you the option of how often you want to receive your wine shipment- monthly, every other month, or quarterly. Plus, you can select from wine shipments of 2, 3, or 4 bottles. They have 4 wine club programs to customize your shipment to your particular taste.

Right now The California Wine Club - Start your California wine adventure and save 50% off your first 3 months!. This means you could have 2 award-winning bottles delivered to your door for as low as $26/month. Definitely a price worth testing your preferences for the benefits of a wine club. (Use promo code: Share50for3)

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Cellars Wine Club

If you are looking for variety in your wine club options, Cellars Wine Club offers a wide selection of programs based on quantity of bottles, preferred tastes, and frequency of your deliveries. Their selection of wineries spans beyond the borders of the US, so it's members can enjoy a wide spectrum of international wines.

Currently you can Choose from one of 12 Wine Clubs starting at only $39. Starting with 1 bottle monthly shipments to selecting your region of preference, there are many ways to customize your shipments to fit your needs.

What wine clubs have you joined? Share your experience. We'd love to hear from you.



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