Exclusive wine clubs
Wine clubs work like book-of-the-month clubs — you buy a certain number of bottles a year, and the club delivers them to your door. You get discounts on the wines they offer (especially if this club is associated with a particular winery) and other benefits, which may include discounts on merchandise, free tastings and priority invitations and (again, if this club is associated with a particular winery) priority invitations and reservations at winery events. A wine club should offer information on the wine you get and suggestions on what foods to pair it with. There shouldn’t be any cost to join, and you should be able to cancel at any time.
Benefits of wine clubs
Some famous wine clubs are the Gold Medal Wine Club, the International Wine of the Month Club, the Original Wine of the Month Club, Lot 18’s Tasting Room and Uncorked Ventures. Some clubs offer your choice of what series you would like. You might be able to choose to be sent wines from a specific region, or a specific kind of wine. Tours and tastings will give you the opportunity to meet the winemakers and talk with other wine lovers. If you join a wine club that belongs to a winery, you know they’ll have the wine when you order it.
A great wine club at a St. Helena winery
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards produces world-class wines at affordable prices. The vineyard is a 40-acre estate just south of Howell Mountain, and has been owned and operated by the Anderson family since 1983. Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley, a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena, has its own wine club. By agreeing to buy six bottles a year in groups of three, you can get Level I membership with discounts on their wines, tickets to parties and invitations to a complimentary tasting. Agreeing to buy 12 bottles a year, or 24, gets you higher levels of membership with even more benefits. Once you’ve chosen a membership level, buying additional bottles won’t count toward your annual allocation.
An example of a library wine that might be available at an Anderson’s Conn Valley wine tasting is the 2010 Éloge. This polished yet powerful wine, born from a cool wet spring and a blazing hot summer and fall, has a powerful aroma of black cherry, cedar, cigar box and crème de cassis, with hints of red currant, violets, spice and the oak lending it some toasty notes. Its flavor is similar, with a long and satisfying finish. This wine is worthy to save for thirty years or more. Club members save $25 on the ’12 Éloge. Join the Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Wine Club today.