A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to try out my first shipment of wine from California Wine Club's Premier Club. It was such a fun experience trying out new wines from California wineries that I had never heard of before. And, while they weren't my most absolute favorites (mainly because I enjoy sweet wines over dry wines), they were still, in my opinion, of good quality and were definitely tasty.
Recently I received my second shipment of wine from California Wine Club's Premier Club. This time I was sent a 2011 Santa Barbara County, White Hills Vineyard Chenin Blanc from the Daniel Gehrs Winery, and a Daniel Gehrs 2009 Central Coast Merlot.
"Our most popular club features two bottles of award-winning wine from California's best "mom & pop" wineries. No membership fees, cancel anytime and all wines are 100% guaranteed." ~ California Wine Club (www.cawineclub.com)
The term "club" tends to make me a bit iffy in general. In my past experience with various other clubs, the monthly fees are always what keep me away. That, and the fact that canceling usually ends up to be a bigger pain in the tuchus than it needs to be. The California Wine Club takes the guesswork out of wine shopping by "vetting" in the wines that they chose. They're all tested and approved for the club, so you know you're getting something good. And, each bottle is guaranteed. They have a variety of options that allow you to customize your monthly selections to better suit your taste. For example, their Premier Club allows you to choose between two whites, two reds, or a red and a white. And if wine isn't something you consume too often, meaning two bottles of wine monthly is too much, you can set up your shipments to arrive every other month, or even quarterly.
Once again, the white wine that California Wine Club chose to send was definitely my favorite in comparison to the red that was sent. However, I thought the wine stayed true to its description. It was definitely a zestier wine, and I personally thought I could taste more of the pear and honey. I think it would have been fantastic with an Asian type of salad, or a light tasting fish.
The Merlot, as far as a dryer red wine goes was still good, and a great choice, especially for delivery nearing the holidays. Christmas reminds me of pastries, chocolate, hearty food, good drinks, and great friends. The Daniel Gehrs Merlot would be a wonderful choice for a Christmas Eve dinner, or just sitting around by the fire with good friends. Admittedly I haven't tried several Merlots, but from what I have tried, this was by far my favorite.
I loved that I didn't have to worry about selecting what to purchase, and now I know which wines/varieties I would try again, and which ones I wouldn't. I also really enjoyed being introduced to a new winery. I just adore learning about new "mom and pop" businesses, and this one seems to be top notch. And, the fact that The California Wine Club brings wines to many people who can't always find these wines in their local stores while giving California wineries some exposure is just fantastic bonus. I do think that outside of this review, I probably would have chosen two white wines instead of one of each from The California Wine Club (which is fine, because that IS an option for club members).
The California Wine Club also makes for a great gift idea! We all know the holidays are closing in, and let's face it, we don't always have time to run out to the stores and grab the "perfect" gift for our loved ones. However, for any wine connoisseurs this is the perfect present. You can buy 1 month all the way up to 12 months if you're feeling generous!
The California Wine Club has a pretty fantastic giveaway happening right now too! Head over [HERE] and enter to win one of the following prizes (52 winners in November & 52 winners in December):
1) One of four, Three Month Wine Club membership (A $150 value you can give as a gift, or keep for yourself)
2) One of 50 handy Two Bottle Wine Totes ($25 value)
3) One of 50 Red Tulip Music wine country CD's ($15 value)
Pandora's Deals is also giving away a $50 California Wine Club Gift Certificate. Enter [HERE].
* This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. I received a 2 month Membership to the California Wine Club for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.