Best wine club for your money
Oct. 28th, 2011 @ 06:07 pm
I've never joined a wine club before. I want wine sent to my home monthly. What are the best clubs, cost wise and wine quality? |
:) Thanks in advance
|Date:||October 29th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)|| |
I'm a fan of Bonny Doon's DEWN (https://www.bonnydoonvineyard.com/dewn_club/
) -- the prices are reasonable, the wines are interesting, and every so often you get interesting extras like bound screeds from Randall Graham.
I visited that site and can't find where to order monthly shipments.
|Date:||October 29th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)|| |
|Date:||October 29th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)|| |
|Date:||October 29th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)|| |
Aha, you live close(-ish) to me. :) I shop at Esquin regularly.
|Date:||October 29th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)|| |
Yes! :) I live in West Seattle (obviously).
Although, in truth, since I co-own a restaurant I haven't bought wine at retail for quite some time.
|Date:||October 29th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)|| |
Oh, very cool! Do you mind sharing which restaurant? I don't go out to eat much these days except for business lunches and dinners, but it's always nice to have a good restaurant rec in hand for when friends come to visit.
Do you live in an area where there are wineries somewhat nearby? If so, my recommendation would be to plan a wine-tasting trip, visit a bunch of wineries, and then sign up for the wine club at one or two you particularly like. This way, you'll know that you generally like the wines you're getting, and you'll have a little more background on where those wines are coming from and how they are produced. I find that this is how you end up with the best quality product. Also, if you live anywhere near those wineries, joining their wine club means you have access to special activities at the winery, like crush parties, special summer events, discounted cases, etc.
Navarro Vineyards in Anderson Valley, California (between Sonoma / Dry Creek and Mendocino) is the first thing that comes to mind when I think variety + bang-for-the-buck. They have tons of different wines and most of them are very reasonably priced. They are especially good if you like Pinot Noir or off-dry/sweetish whites like Gewurztraminer or Riesling
They have a pre-release club which is two shipments per year, 6 bottles each (10-25% off): http://www.navarrowine.com/prerelease/
|Date:||October 31st, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)|| |
Virgin Wines does a pretty nice quarterly club for about $140/12 bottles. I liked it, but since it's just me I didn't go through it fast enough.
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|Date:||November 1st, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)|| |
Another club we enjoy: Carivintas "Dog Lovers" Wine Club
Carivintas Winery is based in Central Coast, CA (tasting room in Solvang) and that's where we discovered them, randomly popping into their tasting room. There's a whole dog/animal motif going on and we didn't have high expectations, but the wines were actually very good, across many varietals.
Dog Lovers Wine Club:http://www.dogloverswineclub.com/index.cfm?method=pages.showPage&pageid=f2311766-1b78-7bfc-a2e6-664827c22f3b
They don't make all of their own wine -- they do grow and make their own pinot noir, I believe; other varietals are sourced from different areas around California.
There are some nice benefits to this method, though:
1) you can get wine varietals from a source where they really shine (Cab from Napa, Zinfandel from Lodi, Syrah from Paso Robles, etc.);
2) You get a ton of variety this way. We almost never get the same type of wine as they've already sent us in another shipment. They do several whites but seems like mostly red blends with varietals that blend well but are less commonly seen: tempranillo, barbera, etc. These red blends (usually 50/50 with a more common varietal like syrah) have been very good. I'm curious to try our most recent one, which is 50% Sousão, a Portuguese grape normally used in making port.
The wines aren't super cheap, but neither are they super expensive (at least, not by the standards here in Napa); they come to about $25/bottle in the shipments. I'd say we are very pleased with about 80% of the wines, with only the occasional "miss" -- for example, the 2009 Pinot Grigio was pretty mediocre, but other recent whites (Chardonnay and a sweet dessert sauvignon blanc) were good. From what I've seen, enjoying 4 out of every 5 bottles of wine is a better average than we've gotten from most wine clubs we've been in.
And we feel good about the fact that some of the money is going to animal shelter and protection causes (The Human Society, Best Friends Animal Society, Return to Freedom, etc.)
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