Wine Club Memberships

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Most of us have experienced the sudden loss of confidence when facing the "wall of wine" in wine shops, liquor stores, and even upscale grocery stores. Sure, we know already that we like white with our pecan crusted trout, or red with our pepper steak. We know we even prefer our whites dry but mellow, and our reds heady and complex. We know what we want, we know what we like, but we don't always know how to find it.

Imagine, then, having a friend who would go "wine shopping" for you. You can tell them how much to spend, and what your tastes are. They then go to only the very best sources, and every month you receive a little package, containing two, three or four choices new to you, with a promise that "these are good."

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This is what a wine club membership does. You may specify your preferences, in terms of reds or whites or a combination of the two. Prices vary, though many wine clubs focus on wines which run less than $12 per bottle, and in many cases, shipping is automatically included. Wine club memberships eliminate the stress of making the right choice. Notes may be taken about wines that are extremely pleasing to you, and perhaps next time you'll make an order for a specific variety. In the meantime, you have more new wines to enjoy the very next month.

Wine club memberships are a great gift for oneself, or for a friend new to the world of wine. They're also excellent gifts for bonafide "winies," most of whom love making new discoveries. Wine club memberships can be purchased for an entire year, or month to month. The latter option is often good for those who aren't sure they want to make the commitment of trying three or four new wines every month for a long period of time. Regardless of whether it's a gift for another, or for yourself, wine club memberships mean the receiver need never again stand limp and defeated before the "wall of wine."

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