Wine clubs come across our purviews to entice us to buy and try or in the case of the collector find finds that are out of reach, remember they collect not drink. Let’s go shopping to sip!
You can find wine clubs online, through vineyards, professional periodicals as well as marketing ads in most rags, online wine stores and Groupon. With all those options, what’s all the hype about wine clubs? Are they really worth the time & money? Well, let’s take look. They have a certain appeal to people who like to shop online, who like to receive gifts and packages in the mail. What else is there to wine clubs? They generally give you a pretty good introductory deal for 3, 6 or even a case of wine. Most clubs you can choose the varietal, red, white or combination of both, but you have no idea about anything else that appeals to your taste in wine. You’re leaving it up to whoever picks and chooses what you’re being sent There are some, such as Bright Cellars which will do a little quiz to see what your taste may be and pick from that, but does that really tell the true palate in which wine becomes your friend? What happens if you don’t like the bottle(s), can you return, with S&H on the sender or is your best bet is to include them in your favorite recipe, freeze them and use them as ice cubes in your wine cocktails or just down the drain? At least you’re not being wasteful if you put it to good use as in the first three fore mentioned. Then there’s the cost of shipping handling and tax and you must be home in order to receive your wine c because someone has to sign for it and they have to be over 18 if not it will be sent back to the sending station FedX, UPS or USPS and then you have to make arrangements for it to be redelivered or for you to pick it up. You can have it shipped to a place where you know someone will be available during the hours of delivery. Some have gotten better in delivery, by you being able to track your package and know within hours when they will be stopping by. I found FedX to have a good method.You then have to consider how long, once you put in your membership to a wine club is it going take for you to sample your wine, 2 days to process and then another 7 to 14 days until delivery with standard shipping or extra charge if you want it within the next 2 days. I can go to my favorite wine shop and buy something that I know I’m going to like. One other thing that is important is to find out is if I do join a Club and they have a good selection can I re-order thru the club or am I out of luck. Does the local wine shop carry or can they bring it in?
I have found local wineries whose wines I enjoy and are not in local wine shops. Membership to local wineries has their privileges, discounts on wines, free tastings, and tours, and an endless supply of something worth sipping over and over again. A membership, it’s like owning stock😊 Check out my favorite local wineries where membership has bennies;
- Gouveia vineyard Wallingford, CT, http://gouveiavineyards.com/wine-club.html
- Johnathan Edwards, North Stonington CT http://www.jedwardswinery.com/wine-clubs
- Taylor Brooke, Woodstock, CT; https://www.taylorbrookewinery.com/product/adopt-a-vine/
What benefits besides wine; some online clubs such as wine awesomeness includes a booklet/magazine that educates you about the wine and its regions, pairing recipes and discounts on re-orders and great customer service, check them out through their link, https://www.wineawesomeness.com/become-a-member.html
Then there is Bright Cellars which you take a quiz to assess your wine style and you are able to choose from their inventory, https://www.brightcellars.com/
If you’re interested in an online club here are a few suggestions when making a selection
Aside from the obvious varietals, and number of bottles per shipment;
- Return policy (If any)
- Number of shipments in your membership (can you delay or cancel a shipment)
- Is S&H included in the membership
- How long is it going to take before you get your wines
- Research to see if an online selection is just that and cannot be found at your nearby wine shoppe
- Do I have to continue my membership or can I cancel and start at any time
If you are a wine enthusiast try a wine club but just make sure you’re not being pushed into something that doesn’t meet your needs.
Send me some suggestions of wine clubs that you may have tried and like