By Lauren Jade Hill
As many wine connoisseurs could undoubtedly agree, when you fall for a particular variety, it can be tempting to reach for the same label time after time. But discovering new, lesser known grapes and estates can be even more satisfying, with the most outstanding wine clubs making exploring new varieties a breeze. We take a look at some of the best wine clubs to join for an enlightening year ahead.
Gold Wine Club
The Gold Wine Club, which is encompassed within the Gold Club Series, is one of America’s most celebrated independent clubs for wine enthusiasts, and noted for showcasing exceptional award-winning boutique wines. Concentrating on family-owned Californian wineries, the club sends members two hard-to-find bottles each month, plus their publication, The Wine Press, which gives insight into each featured winery.
Wine of the Month Club
Having been established in 1972, the Wine of the Month Club is America’s oldest wine club. Hundreds of fine wines from Italy, Germany, Argentina, and beyond, are tasted to select the labels to be introduced to members that month. Membership packages range from the Classic Series, entitling members to two bottles per month, to the Cellar Series, which encompasses six wines each month, with recipes and cellaring suggestions included.
Plonk Wine Club
For an introduction to organic labels, which have been sourced from boutique wineries around the world, Plonk Wine Club is the one to join. The club specializes in wines ranging from Cabernet and Pinot Grigio to lesser known varieties such as Teroldego and Xarel-lo, from organic, biodynamic and small producers, with the aim of introducing members to something they wouldn’t have come across before.
Catering to wine enthusiasts with more specific tastes, Uncorked Ventures places the focus on west coast US wines. As a small family-run operation, the club is based on in-depth knowledge of this wine country and its individual wine makers, while striving to give members an understanding of the wine industry, from the evolution of growing conditions to the latest trends. Sign up for the Reserve Selections Club for top quality wines from small producers.
Tasting Room by Lot18
Hosted by wine-seller Lot18, Tasting Room dubs itself an international collective of winemakers. Featuring wines from around the world, the collective has the intention of making wine fun to learn about and easy to enjoy. By rating each bottle they receive, members can tailor their Wine Profile, too, ensuring their personalized shipments suit their specific taste.
Based in Seattle, Fat Cork wine club specializes in Champagne and the most exceptional boutique producers of this celebrated variety. By sourcing Champagne from family-run vineyards, the club ensures members are able to discover something new. Having previously worked for Laurent Perrier, the founder Bryan Maletis certainly knows what to look out for.
67 Pall Mall
This private members’ club can be found within London’s history district St James’s. But this isn’t any ordinary members’ club; 67 Pall Mall was founded out of a passion for fine wines and sharing them with like-minded people. So this is central to the experience people have here . Within the club’s Grade II listed building, members can sample rare fine wines from the thousands stored in their cellar, and store their own wine there too.
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