It is no secret, I enjoy wine. I’m not exactly a connoisseur, but over the years I’ve learned a thing or two, and I have definite opinions about what I like and don’t like. I particularly enjoy having wine with food. The right wine can enhance a meal and helps you slow down and enjoy the dining experience rather than rushing through to get to the next thing. Or maybe that’s just me? At any rate, I love having a glass of wine with dinner, and lately I’ve been trying to expand my palate and try new varieties.
I’d heard about wine clubs that ship you wine on a regular basis and offer suggestions based on your likes and dislikes, but I never looked into joining one because I thought I couldn’t get wine delivered in Pennsylvania. (We have some crazy liquor laws here!) But recently The California Wine Club invited me to try out their Premier Club membership for three months, and when I checked with them, I discovered that I can actually receive wine after all! I have no idea how they get around it, but evidently they can ship to any state but Utah. Go figure. Armed with that helpful tidbit of information, I eagerly agreed to receive three shipments in exchange for a candid post about each.
The California Wine club is owned by Bruce and Pam Boring, and they travel California’s wine country visiting wineries, meeting the families and tasting their wines. As everyone knows, the best wine recommendations come from friends, and their mission is for their club to be like a friend recommending a great bottle of wine to their friends. They’ve been in business for 20 years and are still going strong.
The Premier Club membership (the one I’m trying out) costs $36.45 a month, and every month you receive two different wines from wine regions not normally represented outside of California’s wine community, each one hand-selected by Bruce and Pam. There are no membership fees, and you can cancel any time.
A couple of weeks ago, I received my first box in the mail. I opened it up to find a Chardonnay and a Zin, both by Perry Creek Winery in the Sierra Foothills region of California.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Chardonnay. It was crisp and clean and not too oaky as Chardonnays sometimes are, and it was a great compliment to the Chicken Gruyere I made that night.
I wasn’t quite as fond of the Zin, but I think that’s because I generally prefer a lighter red such as a Pinot Noir or my current fave, the Malbec. I can even appreciate a good Cabernet with steak, but I’ve never been a big fan of the red Zinfandels. (In other words, it’s not you, it’s me.)
The experience was seamless. The wine was delivered to my doorstep . . . how awesome is that!? It did require a signature, so I was fortunate to be here when it arrived. I’ll make a point to stay close to home on the next delivery date. It was packaged in styrofoam and came with a copy of their beautiful publication, Uncorked, and a form for taking tasting notes. I’m already looking forward to my next shipment!
The California Wine Club is offering Musings of a Housewife readers two specials.
1. Gift a membership to any of their clubs at 10% off.
2. Place a membership for yourself and get 10% off, PLUS a third bottle of wine at no extra cost. There is no obligation to stay beyond the first month, but I’m warning you, you might be hooked!
Use the code PHILLYSOCIAL to take advantage of either offer.
It keeps getting better, right?? You also have a chance to win a one-month subscription to The California Wine Club if you follow @cawineclub on Twitter and tweet the following:
I followed @cawineclub. Win wine from @JoLynneS at http://wp.me/p1PAA2-801.
Then leave a comment on this post for your entry to be counted.
I will randomly select a winner at the end of the week with the And The Winner Is plugin for WordPress. Winner must have a street address for mailing purposes in any of the 50 U.S. states except for Utah.
It’s not a giveaway requirement, but The California Wine Club would love it if you “liked” them on Facebook. You can also “like” Boring Wine Guy and follow @boringwineguy on Twitter for great wine advice and tips. You really should check them out. Their goal is to “take the stuffy out of wine”, so even if you don’t fancy yourself a wine connoisseur, you will get tips and tricks that will help you choose wine that you will enjoy and learn how to pair wine and food for a delicious dining experience!