Questions and answers on wine clubs
What is a wine club?
A wine club is a club for wine buyers. You join one by agreeing to buy a certain number of bottles every year, and then sit back and let them be delivered to you. The most exclusive wine clubs have higher levels of membership which you can get by agreeing to buy more wine.
What are some of the benefits of wine clubs?
You get discounts on the wines you buy. The club may also provide information on the wine and what sort of food it goes with.
You also get to try wines you might otherwise never have seen. A good wine club will make an effort to find unknown wines that deserve a wider audience and bring them to your attention.
How much does it cost to join?
It shouldn’t cost anything. In most cases, the amount of wine you agree to buy is the only expense. If you would normally buy that much wine anyway, the discount might actually save you money. You should also be able to cancel at any time. Read the terms of any wine club before joining.
How much choice do I get?
Different wine clubs offer different choices. Some clubs offer more than one series per year. You can choose to receive wines of a specific type and age group, wines from a specific wine-growing region or particularly highly rated wines.
I know someone in a wine club who didn’t get her wine last month, and when she called the club, they told her they were waiting to receive it from the winery. Does this happen a lot?
Not often, but sometimes. If you want to be sure of avoiding it, some wine clubs are associated with particular wineries, which makes that sort of thing much less likely.
Exclusive wine club near St. Helena
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.
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 wines are sold online and in five locations in Napa Valley, and many other locations nationwide. Join today.