Unlike other wine clubs, the Gold Medal Wine Club doesn't choose wines based solely on their palate preferences. Instead, all the wines featured in their 5 Wine Club Series must meet strict selection criterion that includes high ratings from national wine publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator and multiple medals from major wine competitions. The Gold Medal Wine Club specializes in searching for small production, award-winning wines from California and the world’s best boutique wineries that are usually only available at the winery and rarely (if ever) found in stores. Only once did we find a wine we received at Trader Joe's. That's a rare event though.