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As we know, winery tasting rooms around the world have been closed due to COVID-19. Wineries are trying to make up for the loss of tasting room sales by offering discounts for online shopping including other benefits. Because of this, online sales of wine have been larger than ever.
We know Texas wine is fantastic, and we sometimes need to compare against wines from around the world in order to confirm just how excellent Texas wine really is.
I decided to do this compare recently and since California is the largest wine producer in the United States, what better place to start. One of the things I really love about Texas wine are the majority of the wines are from small family owned wineries. While researching the California wines I wanted to compare, I discovered The California Wine Club.
The California Wine Club has been in business since 1990, and they too are a small family owned business. Their goal is to help small family wineries who make quality wines share them with wine lovers around the world. They also have the same belief as me that these types of wines are often better than the mass-produced wines that are in stores and are the same year to year.
Reading more on The California Wine Club, they are like Texas Wine Lover where they also visit the wineries and meet the people behind the wines. This personal attention ensures they discover the truly quality wines they decide to offer to The California Wine Club members. Those wines they select to offer are backed by a 100% guarantee they call the Love It Guarantee.
I really liked this philosophy, so the next thing was to determine which wine club of theirs I wanted to join. The California Wine Club has five monthly wine clubs and all the wine clubs are available with monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly deliveries. These are the wine clubs currently available:
- Premier Series Wine Club (best of California’s artisan family wineries)
- Signature Series Wine Club (limited production and highly rated California wine)
- International Series Wine Club (wines from around the world)
- Aged Cabernet Series Wine Club (Cabernet Sauvignon aged 8-12 years)
- Pacific Northwest Series Wine Club (Washington and Oregon wines)
Since I wanted to compare with California wines, I signed up for the Premier Series Wine Club. The first two wines came along with a large folder with a number of inserts. The two wines were:
- 2017 Urgency Pinot Noir from Shannon Ridge
- 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon from Peltier Winery & Vineyards
The wines were detailed with all their information in a 16-page pamphlet called Uncorked® which is like a mini-magazine. Along with the information on my wines was information on the wines from the other wine clubs in addition to articles on training your palate plus tips and wine notes scattered throughout. Also, in the folder was a postage free scorecard where you could be the judge to rate the wines, a magnet, information on how to get VIP winery tours, coupon, and more.
If you love a wine, you can reorder more at a special member reorder price. There are so many benefits available for being a member of The California Wine Club, you really need to go to their website and read them all. There are no wine club membership fees, and you can cancel with The California Wine Club at any time.
I did enjoy both of the wines in my first shipment and I can’t wait to see what comes in the second shipment!