NWR: Wine club?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@peachacid:  We belong to the wine club of a super small winery that we visited last year in Sonoma. We like it because the producer only sells to the wine club or those who walk in to the tiny tasting room – he doesn’t sell it anywhere else! It’s a wonderful treat, but probably not something that your parents would see as valuable since they’re not picky. 

My ILs sent me a box of one of my favorite wines before and that was great! 12 bottles! Woo! Maybe find out what they love and see if you can send a big box of it?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@peachacid:  Do they live close to a winery?  What I really enjoy is being able to go to things like pick up partys, swinging in for free tastings & getting deals on other events.  It’s probably nice if you live far away from the winery to get regular shipments, but I live pretty close to napa so I would always choose the local pick up option for myself.

I think a wine membership is a really nice gift!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are members of two wine clubs, which we signed up for when we lived in northern California, as there’s tons of delicious wineries up there, so we could drive to them to do tastings for free anytime.  We now get the wines delivered to us down in SoCal.  I still love being a member since it means we always get new wines, but it’s even better if you live close enough to visit the tasting rooms.  I’d for sure taste the place’s wines before signing them up.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@peachacid:  We belong to two – Domenico Winery and Sarah’s Vineyard.  They’re not the cheapest though… we get a 20% discount and then the Domenico’s shipments of two bottles tend to be around $55 and the Sarah’s shipments of three tend to be around $70.  Both of them have options of reds and whites or just reds. 

Where do your parents live?

ETA: I see they don’t live near any good ones.  But yeah, I’m sure they’d still enjoy having a variety of new wines to try!

I think the best option might be an online wine club that sends a variety of wines from different wineries, so they would get an even wider variety, since the tasting room freebies, pickup parties etc aren’t relevant anyway. 

Examples:

http://www.clubw.com/

http://www.goldmedalwineclub.com/

http://www.plonkwineclub.com/

http://www.cellarswineclub.com/

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@peachacid:  I totally agree.

Check out some of the online ones above.  Since they can’t visit anyway I don’t see any reason to restrict them to just one winery.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@peachacid:  LaBelle Winery in Amherst is decent. As is Flag Hill in Lee!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@peachacid:  How much do you want to spend?  The are usually set up with 4 shipments a year.  Most places want you to get at least 3 or 4 bottles but some will do just two.  I think price is probably a good place to start.  I could recommend some of my favorite places out here based on that.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@peachacid:  We used to belong to a wine club for a local winery. It was awesome. We got free tastings whenever we wanted and the two bottles of wine a month were always good. If it was something we weren’t really fond of we could always gift it away. Wine is my go-to hostess gift anyway, so it was great to always have some interesting stuff on hand. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@peachacid:  I just wanted to say that #1, I think the idea of a wine club is a very nice gift, and #2, I wholeheartedly agree with you that NH wine is not the best. :/ I’ve tried it. 

VT wine is better (haha, Vermonter talking 😛 VT and NH have a rather weird relationship). Really, it is– at least the ones I’ve tried!

I really like Spanish, Portuguese, and South American wines. I wonder if there are wine clubs for those?

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@peachacid:  True. The beer in VT is really excellent. If you ever go to Burlington or Montpelier, try to find Hill Farmstead beer (I can tell you a couple of restaurants that have it). It is made by a tiny brewery near where I live, and is amazing!!!

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