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When I got more into wine and decided to take the WSET Level 1 test, I realized that I needed to diversify my wine cellar. By cellar, I mean the twelve bottle wine holder that sat in my apartment kitchen. I didn’t really try too many wines that were out of my comfort zone. There were so many wine club offers to choose from, I didn’t know where to start. I figured I’d have someone else choose the wine for me. I rotated which 3 month wine club to use for a year, and weeded out the misses from the hits. So, what wine subscriptions did I use and how did I fair? Read on to see who I recommend and who I pass on.
3 Month Wine Club Offers through Eataly New York
Who: The first wine club offer I tried was a monthly wine delivery through Eataly New York.
What: The Eataly wine club offers three wines a month for $75. All of the wine is from Italy, with a range of selectivity. One is classified as “house wine,” aka that which you can open on a whim and drink easily. The next step up is a “table wine,” meaning it’s best enjoyed among friends at the dinner table. Lastly, they send a “cellar wine,” meant for you to store for aging and drinking at a later date.
When: Eataly wine club offers monthly delivery. Shipments are typically sent out on the 10th of the month. I participated for a 3 month wine club, with no commitment.
How Much: $75/month
Verdict: To get a good feel for the Eataly wine club offers, it’s best to commit for a 3 month wine club subscription. In the three months that I received the Eataly offerings, 7 of the 9 wines I received were made from grapes I’d never tried. With over 500 native grapes and more than 175 wine styles, there is so much to try from Italy. Eataly’s wine club offers an introduction to Italian wine styles you may not know, and is fairly affordable.
Wine Club Offers through Splash Wines
What: Splash Wines is really unique. It is a membership based wine club that can be charged monthly, yearly, or just one time for life. The membership allows you to gain access to their incredibly approachable pricing. They guarantee that no wine markup will exceed 15% over wholesale! That’s a big deal.
When: Billing and delivery is very fluid and totally up to you. Want to try out a 3 month wine club with Splash Wines? Then you’ll be billed monthly for the fee. Pick your own wines from what they recommend or choose a curated case. Cases ship in bottles of 15, but the first case could be yours for only $85.
How Much: Monthly subscriptions are $6/month. A yearly subscription will give you 12 months for the price of 10 ($60). Absolutely love them? Pay $150 for lifetime access. All price levels include free shipping, all you have to do is pay for the wine.
Verdict: I am loving the wines I received from Splash Wines. I opted for a rosé pack as I struggle buying rosés for myself. Splash Wines offers a really good value on wines, and with shipping included in your membership fee, you save quite a bit!
Bonus: Splash Wines has some cool gear and gadgets on their site as well. I am trying out the histamine filter “Wine Wand” this weekend, and received this awesome t-shirt.
Nocking Point 3 Month Wine Club (Quarterly Subscription)
Who: Actor Stephen Amell and friends founded Nocking Point Wines in Walla Walla, Washington in 2012. New wine releases are often paired with a celebrity influencer who had a hand in the design of the wine.
What: When I tried Nocking Point, they only had a subscription for an every 3 month wine club. It came with three bottles of wine, a bag of coffee beans, and a t-shirt. Today, that is one of three subscription options available. Today, it’s the quarterly subscription. There is also a monthly option called “The Tastemakers Club” that delivers two celebrity designed wines to your door each month. If you are a coffee aficionado, there is also a monthly coffee club.
When: The Tastemakers Wine Club is a monthly subscription and the Quarterly Wine Club is an every 3 month wine club.
How Much: The Quarterly Wine Club is $99/quarter, the Tastemakers Wine Club is $49/month.
Verdict: When I participated in the Nocking Point 3 month wine club, there was no monthly option. As someone who owns a Nespresso machine, the coffee beans were useless to me. I also would have preferred another bottle of wine to a random t-shirt, because I enjoyed the U.S. wines they sent. I must not have been alone as the monthly wine club eliminates the excess products and strictly focuses on the wine.
Recommended: Yes to the monthly wine club, no to the 3 month wine club (unless you make drip coffee at home.)
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