It’s no secret to anybody that I love wine. I passionate about learning more about it, sharing a bottle with friends, and trying new unknown wines so that I can tell you about them in the hopes that you will try them, too. Which is why I think that signing up for the California Wine Club is a perfect way to find new wines!
Since 1990, the California Wine Club has been searching high and low for limited-production wines from small, family-owned wineries dedicated to the art of making fine wine. For me, these are my favorite kinds of wines because they are made with passion and love…not for dollar signs.
Do you realize that more than three-quarters of California’s 2,100+ wineries are small, boutique, mom-and-pop operations whose wines never travel beyond their local markets and private customer lists? Think of how much wine is out there that you may never get to try just because you don’t know they’re out there! That’s what’s so cool about the California Wine Club.
I recently got the opportunity to try the California Wine Club’s Premier Club for 3 months. I enjoy the fact that each month I’ll receive two surprise bottles on my doorstep. It gives me the opportunity to try wines I might not otherwise purchase, and try varietals that I may not have tried before. I can’t even tell you how excited I was when the first two bottles arrived on my doorstep…it was like Christmas in the middle of the year!
I was lucky enough to receive two bottles from Perry Creek Winery located in California’s Sierra Foothills. I received their 2008 “ZinMan” Zinfandel and their 2009 El Dorado Chardonnay.
The Zinfandel was incredible. Surprisingly, it was very mellow and smooth for a Zinfandel. I’m used to drinking Zinfandel (one of my favorite wines by the way) and know that they are usually a strong, heavy wine. This one was surprisingly not, and I would recommend this to wine lovin’ newbies who think they may not enjoy such a heavy wine. My husband and I enjoyed this bottle together one evening after the kids went to bed, and we both agreed that we would purchase this one again.
The Chardonnay also surprised me. It was crisp and fruity, but not overwhelmingly sweet which I find with a lot of Chardonnays. I can imagine drinking this wine with a nice salad or chicken, or even enjoying it by itself on a warm summer (or fall if you’re on the West Coast!) evening. My husband is not a fan of white wine. I explained to him that this was more on the dry side and not sweet, and
forced asked him to take a sip or two and give me his thoughts. He said it was good, but he wouldn’t drink it because he’s doesn’t like white wine. So I ended up drinking this bottle with my neighbor across the street, who ended up asking me to email her California Wine Club’s website so she could sign up!
All in all, I’m a huge fan now of the California Wine Club, and encourage you to go check them out. If you’re not ready to purchase yet, make sure to follow them on Twitter (@cawineclub and @boringwineguy) and on their California Wine Club and The Boring Wine Guy Facebook pages!
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Spark Media on behalf of California Wine Club and received a free three-month membership to facilitate my review and thank me for taking the time to participate. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have and will continue to recommend California Wine Club to family and friends!