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Our goal is to make your life easier by testing every wine club we recommend, so that you know you're only signing up with a top notch wine of the month club. While we have thoroughly enjoyed the process, all the wine :-) and the remunerations we've received for every new wine club member we send, as we've been doing these wine club reviews for years now, we're constantly surprised at how few GOOD wine clubs there really are out there. Point in case, we've run into a fair number of wine clubs, that claim to be the best wine clubs, that we will NEVER recommend to you, because the wines and/or customer service were horrible!
Rest assured though, the wine clubs we recommend, whether they be the California Wine Club or Cellars Wine Club or another wine club have all been pre-screened and received rave wine club reviews from not only us, but from other wine club members that have also enjoyed their wine club membership and the wines they've received.
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Congratulations to the Laithwaites Wine Club for being our #1 Best Wine Club for 2014. We love this wine club and we think you will too. Check out our full Laithwaites Wine Club Review packed with photos of what you'll receive when you sign up or give it as a gift.
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The Wall Street Journal Wine Club just sent me one of their best offers of the year and I just had to share it! From now until Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 12 midnight you can get one of their highly sought after Mystery Cases for just $119.99. That’s only $8.34 a bottle! And if you’re a member of the Wall Street Journal Wine Club, you know how great the wines they send out really are.
Here’s what they have to say in their email offer: Our fastest-selling SALE mixes are always the hugely popular Mystery Cases. Rarely offered and each randomly picked with the final bottles of delicious wines. With a bit of luck, you could receive bottles worth upwards of $50. Yet you’ll pay as little as $8.34. This is your last chance to order a New Year Mystery Case. Don’t delay.
To sweeten the deal even more, they even offer you an additional $20 savings if you add another mystery case. So, instead of the next case costing $119.99 (like the first case did), you get the second case for JUST $99.99!
So, be sure to take advantage of this great offer from the Wall Street Journal Wine Club before it expires!
if you are asked for it, use the following Wall Street Journal Offer Code: 5203001
Last night I decided to open up the Fattoria La Striscia 2012 Chianti I had received in my February 2014 shipment from the Wine of the Month Club and boy was I happily impressed. The magenta color and the earthy, licorice and tart cherry nose provided an elegant and engaging cherry and earth finish that I won’t soon forget. The palate was of leather with mixed cherries, which may seem odd to some, but was exquisite on the tongue.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Wine of the Month Club, you can read our Wine of the Month Club Review to see why we love this wine club as much as we do for as many years as we have. I’m a huge fan and active member of both their Limited and
Vinters Series and highly recommend both, but be sure to use one of our COUPON CODES to ensure you save when you sign up.
One of the reasons why I like the Wine of the Month Club as much as I do is because of the amount of education you receive on each and every bottle you receive. For example, here’s some of what I learned about the La Strisca 2012 Chianti (Sangiovese) by being a member of the Wine of the Month Club: The Fattoria La Striscia winery boasts deep roots that go all the way back to the Italian Renaissance! In fact, in 1800, during the reign of Grand Duke Leopolde II of Tuscany, the well known Count Giovan Battista Occhini acquired the Tenuta di Villa La Striscia with his favorite brother Pietro. Driven by a strong love for the traditions of this well known area, Occhini developed the estate with strong focus on the vineyards. Where else are you going to get such an amazing depth of information on a bottle of wine?! Nothing beats the Wine of the Month Club for value and education.
If you are not already a member, now is your chance to get in at a discounted rate thanks to our Wine of the Month Club Coupon Code. Sign up today and start enjoying amazing finds like this one.
As a member of the Cellars Wine Club’s 90+ Point Wine Club, I get two amazing bottles of wine delivered to my door every month. In my February 2014 shipment, I received a bottle of 2010 Neil Ellis Grenache from South Africa and a bottle of 2010 FUSE Wines Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.
I decided to try the FUSE Wines Cabernet Sauvignon last night and WOW that was an amazing bottle of wine! If you’re looking for a fantastic 90+ Point Wine Club, then you just can’t go wrong with the Celebrations 90+ Point Wine Club. But don’t just take this blog post as bible, be sure to read over our Cellars Wine Club Review for 2014 and see all the 90+ Point Wine Clubs we recommend before signing up.
But lets get back to that bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon I polished off last night (thank God I don’t get 4 bottles a month from the Cellars Wine Club!). The FUSE team works with some of the best Napa Valley growers, whose cool climate hillside and warmer valley floor vineyards are planted in an array of clones, exposures and spacing. They strive to make a Cabernet Sauvignon using only the very best grapes in all of Napa Valley. The goal is to make a wine with concentrated fruit flavors and good, solid acid balance.
Here’s what my bottle looked like in our most recent snow storm here in North Carolina:
By producing a Cabernet Sauvignon with these complex attributes, they can bottle a wine that has early accessibility, but also has the potential to age in the bottle for years to come. I already drank my bottle, and it was superb, but I do recommend you keep yours in storage for at least another year if you can.
The philosophy behind the FUSE Cabernet Sauvignon is to take the traditions of the “Old World” style and give it a little “New World” twist by adding Syrah to the mix.The result is a more interesting wine with some very complex aromas and flavors. FUSE Wines is dedicated to making the best possible Cab and it shows in each and every bottle. Each step of the farming and winemaking process is undertaken with great care and attention.
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 82% Cab, 15% Syrah and 3% Merlot. The vintage started out very slowly with a long cool growing season, which came to an end late in the season with three heat spikes over 100 degrees. The vineyard managers that played it safe with the canopy management were rewarded with ripe, full and structured fruit.
FUSE Wines followed traditional French winemaking practices with techniques including the use of cold soaking and extended maceration, which averaged 23-32 days in total and frequent pumping over. Prior to bottling, the Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon were aged separately in both French and American Oak for fifteen months, with the barrels being racked once every 6 months.
The nose expresses a combination of sweet cherry, blueberry, hints of vanilla and nice earthy undertones. On the palate, layers of blueberry and cherry are balanced with delicate notes of vanilla and nutmeg.
This medium-bodied wine, which earned it’s 90 point rating from Wine & Spirit, will continue to improve over the next 8 years but is also wonderfully drinkable right now.
I’ve decided to spice things up here at the Wine Club Directory and start reviewing the many bottles of wine I receive AFTER they’ve been consumed. It’s one thing to talk about which wine clubs are good and which ones should be avoided, but actually reviewing the wines received is just as important, right?
So, the first wine I’m going to review in this new format (which I’m fondly calling “What I Drank Last Night”) is the 2012 Montupoli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. I received this bottle of Italian wine in my February, 2014 shipment from the Wine of the Month Club thanks to my Limited Series membership, which I highly recommend to anyone looking to try a good International Wine Club.
The 2012 Montupoli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo comes from Abruzzo, Italy and has a dark purple color, a nose of earth, licorice and tart cherries, a palate of leather and earth mixed with lots of fresh berries and a finish that is concentrated, tannic with lush blackberry fruit. This 94 point wine can be consumed anytime from now until 2016. I recommend now
Not already a Wine of the Month Club Limited Series Member? No worries, you can sign up here.
On a side note, I can’t believe we received 6″ of snow today here in North Carolina! My kids were ecstatic.
I just got caught up checking my email and found a new 10% off coupon code from them California Wine Club. These coupon codes, also known as promo codes, don’t last long though, so be sure to use it ASAP. If for some reason that coupon code doesn’t work, be sure to check out our California Wine Club Promo Codes page as that is where we keep our most up to date coupon coupon codes from the California Wine Club.
So, without further delay, here is the California Wine Club 10% Off Coupon Code…
CALIFORNIA WINE CLUB PROMO CODE – 10% Off
To get 10% off ANY PURCHASE from the California Wine Club, simply use the following promo code: MEMBERS14
While 10% off doesn’t sound like that much of a big deal, if you drink as much wine as I do, or drink the quality I do, it can really add up. For example, lets say you want to give the California Wine Club Aged Cabernet Series a go (which I highly recommend you do), if you sign up for a one year subscription, it will cost you $2352! By using this 10% off promo code, you’ll save $235.20! Here’s the actual promo code in action:
And when you become a member of the California Wine Club, you’ll also get emails like the one I received from them alerting me to this special offer. Remember though…these promo codes don’t last forever, so be sure to use it before it expires.
As all my followers know, I’ve been posting the deals I come across from the various wine clubs for years now and in all that time I’ve NEVER seen a deal this good!
When you give a 1 year California Series wine club subscription as a gift from the Wine of the Month Club, you’ll get free shipping and $120 in free gifts! Included in your gift is a rechargeable electric corkscrew, 4 crystal wine goblets, a wine aerator and a FREE Monterey County Pinot Noir! CLICK HERE to get in on the deal.
In all my years I’ve seen the free corkscrew…I’ve seen the free wine glasses…I’ve seen the free wine aerator…I’ve even seen the free bottle of wine…BUT I’VE NEVER SEEN ALL OF THEM INCLUDED TOGETHER!
I wasn’t even planning on giving a wine club membership as a gift this year until I saw this. HOLY S#!T! How can anyone pass this offer up?!
And here’s where it even starts to sound like an infomercial…but wait! There’s More! You also get 15% off all gift baskets and wine gifts! And yes, you even get free shipping on those gifts too. But hurry, because this offer ends at the end of Cyber Monday.
The latest promo code from the California Wine Club just came out and if you’re a coffee lover then you’re going to love this one.
If you order a holiday gift for someone you know today then you’ll get a $5 Starbucks Gift Car for free!
CALIFORNIA WINE CLUB PROMO CODE – FREE COFFEE
To get a $5 Starbucks Gift Card when you buy a gift membership for someone, simply use the following promo code: COFFEE
This isn’t the only California Wine Club Promo Code of course, so if you want to see more, check out our California Wine Club Promo Codes page. We also give an in-depth review of the California Wine Club there, so be sure to read it over before you sign up or give the wine club as a gift to anyone this holiday season.
Personally, I love giving wine club memberships from the California Wine Club this time of year because gifts start as low as $38.95 and the bottles of wine come hand wrapped in the colors of the season.
If you’re looking for some suggestions and you’re a Chardonnay fan, then I found just the wine for you: The 2011 vintage of Yelverton Reserve Chardonnay. This is a premium Aussie Chardonnay from Margaret River’s most prestigious estate. This rich, French barrel-aged Chardonnay has impeccable quality, finesse and balance with ripe tropical fruit flavors and hints of creamy brioche. It’s the best 2011 Chardonnay I’ve come across so far this year. And right now it’s well priced at just under $20 a bottle. Now that’ve mentioned it here though, it won’t last long, so be sure to get some while they still have it.
Just in time for Halloween is the California Wine ClubCalifornia Wine Club‘s spooktacular offer of $1 shipping on all half and full cases. The best part is that you don’t even need a coupon code to get the special $1 shipping offer. But you gotta hurry because the offer ends on November 1, 2013 at 5 PM. The California Wine Club comes out with these special $1 shipping offers quite often, so if you missed out on this offer, there’s sure to be another one right around the corner.
To participate in this special $1 shipping offer, you don’t even need to be an active or past member of the California Wine Club. All you have to do is head over to California Wine Clubtheir website, add all the wine you want to your cart and complete your purchase by November 1st at 5 PM. And in case you aren’t in the know, shipping costs are usually $36 per half or full case, so this is a crazy good deal!
And don’t forget to use the latest 20% off coupon code to save even more!
CALIFORNIA WINE CLUB COUPON CODE – SAVE 20%
To get 20% off your whole order, simply use the following coupon code from the California Wine Club: 20EXTRAOCT2013
And with the holiday season upon us, don’t forget that a California Wine Club membership makes an excellent gift! Learn more on our California Wine Club Review page.