Wine Of The Month Club
by Amy Finley
Wine of the Month Club: International to Elvis
If you’re interested in a wine club, there is no shortage of them. You can find everything from International wine of the month clubs to a wine of the month club featuring favorites from the Graceland Cellars. Whether you are looking for a membership for yourself or to give as a gift, a wine of the month club offers a chance to buy quality wines at reasonable prices, or makes a personalized and special gift.
Wine of the Month Club 101
While each wine of the month club you come across may be slightly different, there are several things that most have in common. A wine of the month club usually offers a choice of 1-3 good wines at decent prices to be delivered with a membership or gift membership purchase (anywhere from 2-12 months or more). Most wine clubs also come with a monthly or quarterly newsletter giving information on vineyards, wine-making processes, food pairings, and other items of interest to the wine connoisseur.
Wine Club Differences
While the basic premise of a wine of the month club is just that – paying for a membership to receive monthly wine deliveries, each one has its own flavor. Variations may be obvious or subtle, but as most wine lovers will admit, even subtle differences can make a difference.
An obvious wine of the month club difference may include region – whether it is International, region based, or state based. Prices for membership in a wine club can also vary widely, often specifically based on the quality of wines. Gradations in memberships go from the standard, lowest membership prices, to the higher, premium membership prices for rare and higher quality wines.
Other differences may be thematic, such as a wine of the month club that supports conservation efforts, for example. Some also offer the option of combining a wine of the month club membership with other monthly club choices, like coffee, gourmet chocolate, or flowers.
Wine of the Month Club Discounts
While length of wine of the month club memberships usually vary from company to company, you will find some wine clubs that offer discounts or credits toward your membership costs if you join for at least a six month period. You may also be able to find discounts if purchasing multiple memberships as gifts.
Many wine of the month club offers also include discounts on reordering wines that you’ve enjoyed, on additional wine orders, and premium wines. For anyone who enjoys wine, this can add up to be significant savings on wine for personal consumption or in the form of gifts for others. Some clubs also offer free recipes for delicious food pairings included in their newsletters.
To Get the Best Deal on a Wine of the Month Club Membership…
To get the best deal on a wine of the month club membership for yourself or someone else, it’s a good idea to shop around and compare prices and various aspects of the club before committing to a membership. Since some places offer a low monthly membership minimum, you may want to try several before you find a wine of the month club that best meets your needs.
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