02 Aug Grape Tips Tuesday: Online Wine Club Benefits
This Week In Wine 101: Online Wine Club Benefits
Is your schedule so busy that you rarely have enough time to visit your local wine shop or wine store? Why not join a (online) wine club? It’s the perfect solution for any wine enthusiast! Whether you’re new to the wine scene and want to learn about and find new wines; or an experienced wine aficionado who’s already established a list of varietals you love but are looking to explore and experiment with more exotic styles. It’s convenient, simple, and requires very little effort on your part but to enjoy the perks of having wine brought right to your doorstep while you discover delicious local, national and international wines!
When you first consider joining a wine club, look for the differences between online wine clubs and pick those that best meet your needs. Whether you’re looking for cheap wine that you’ll definitely enjoy or great, collectable wines to add to your wine cellar – have an idea of what you’re looking for beforehand to find the best option for you. Once you’ve joined a wine club and after you’ve received your first wine order, be sure to give the bottles a week or two to settle from bottle shock.
Wineries with Wine Club Memberships
Many wineries offer a wine club membership. This can be especially beneficial if you had a great experience visiting or simply enjoyed the wines they make. Why not show your support – especially, if their wines are not available at your favorite restaurant, neighborhood wine shop or local grocery or liquor store. Often times, wineries offer a handful of bottles that are only available to their wine club members.
When you become a member of a winery’s wine club they let you choose between quarterly, bi-annual or yearly shipments of their best wines, with incentives to their private upcoming events, discounts on shipments and other products, complimentary tastings for you and a group of friends anytime of the year and more!
Joining a Magazine’s Wine Club
For some it may be a little hard to believe but many magazines offer wine club memberships – even Rolling Stone Magazine has a wine club! Magazines like, Food & Wine, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast offer great valued wines for all types of budgets. It’s a great way to explore your favorite varietals. The magazine’s staff does the research and selects top wines you’re sure to enjoy. Plus, some magazines will provide the option of 3 – 6 month or annual memberships. If you’re a beginner this could be a nice option to start off with.
Below, in no particular order, is a list of the best wine clubs to join along with links to their website. Browse and find one that is suits your taste.
No. 1 – Laithwaites Wine Club
The Laithwaites Wine Club takes its members through a journey of 12 bottles of world-class wine. Expose your palate to a whole new world of fine wines. Voted as the #1 Best Wine Club due to their excellent picks and educational information provided with each wine they send.
No. 2 – Wine of the Month Club
This club offers excellent wine with detailed information about each varietal you receive and is prescreened by wine experts. Offering monthly shipments of top quality wines from around the world – potential members choose the package that suits their style and budget.
No. 3 – Wall Street Journal Wine Club
WSJ allows their members to explore and appreciate wines from across the globe but also provides the option of signing up for memberships that appeal to those looking to collect fine wines.
No. 4 – Zagat Wine Club
The Zagat Wine Club offers members a dozen exciting new wines to enjoy with tasting notes, and free gifts. Whether you prefer red or white varietals, Zagat offers both as well as a mixture of wines to enjoy throughout the year.
No. 5 – Uncorked Ventures Wine Club
The owner handpicks all Uncorked Ventures Wine Club wines and members get an assortment of the best wines from New and Old World wine regions. Their wines are made available at affordable prices and keep members entertained.
No. 6 – Cellars Wine Club
Cellars Wine Club provides members with several options to select from – whether you’re looking to enjoy California, Oregon or Washington wines, wines with high wine ratings, French, Italian, German, Spanish or other international wines or their best, premier wines, they have your best interest at heart. They offer memberships for all budgets.
No. 8 – Gold Medal Wine Club
Gold Medal Wine Club has something for everyone. Giving visitors a choice between their Gold Series, Pinot Noir Series, Platinum Series, International Series and Diamond Series wines. Many start off with the gold and progress through the other stages of wines offered.
No. 9 – Plonk Wine Club
By offering three classes of wine clubs to choose from, Mixed Seasonal Wines, Red or White, The Plonk Wine Club is excellent for beginners. Focusing on wineries that utilize organic and biodynamic methods to produce natural wines, Plonk takes members on a quest to discover a vast range of wines and helps them discover new beauties they can add to their collection.
If you know a thing or two about wine, know exactly what you want or would like to find new wines to add to a collection you’ve already started, Lot 18 is a great option. You can choose exactly what you want from the selection of wines they offer or have one of their experts select wines for you.
No. 11 – Club W Wine Club
Not sure where to start, let Club W help you find the wines most suitable for your palate. Create a Palate Profile to pinpoint your preferences for different varietals. Skipping all the wine babble and BS, Club W will help source those wines you’ve been looking to try with really exotic labels that will have you saying, “Oooo I wonder what that tastes like…”
No. 12 – The New York Times Wine Club
From a name you know and trust, the New York Times staff provides you with the best wines from around the world, every 1, 2 or 3 months. Experience Old world and New World wines, all tasted in advanced to ensure you only receive the best tasting wines from the worlds best wine regions. You’ll also receive food and wine pairings with each shipment. This all starts for as little as $90 per shipment.
Regardless of the wine club you choose to join, make sure you read the fine print. Also look into their shipping costs and what member incentives they offer – as we know shipping can get a little pricey at times. If you have the luxury of joining a winery’s wine club and another one to keep you up to date with all the latest wines, go for it! Support your local wineries. Also, double check for laws that prohibit wine being shipped from out of state just to make sure you don’t run into any issues. For more information, check out Wine Club Reviews. It may help you pinpoint one that is just right for you.
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