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By MealFinds Review Team
The California Wine Club
The California Wine Club offers award-winning wines from California’s best small, artisan wineries. The wines included in their club aren’t mass-produced so you’re unlikely to find them in any store. The small scale of these family wineries means the vintners are able to handcraft the wine in ways that aren’t possible at larger, corporate producers. The California Wine Club team – which is a small, family business themselves — seek out these small winemakers, learn about the family, the operation, the wines they are most excited about, and then they share their favorites with their wine club members.
What We Like
The California Wine Club is a small business helping to support and promote other small, family businesses.
That the wines in the selections are small batch and artisan; you can’t just find them at your local liquor or wine store.
Great gift for any wine-lover!
What We Don’t Like
If you’re used to spending around $10 for a bottle of wine, the wine club selections may seem a bit pricey.
The wine delivery box included a lot of paper documents in a folder, which is not the most eco-friendly.
The California Wine Club Reviews
My The California Wine Club reviews order came with two bottles of wine – one red and one white – from the Lange Twins Family Winery and Vineyards in Lodi, CA.
To get a variety of feedback, I invited a few friends over for a socially-distanced taste-test of these two wines. Out of our group of six, four of us were wine drinkers and two were predominantly beer drinkers but enjoyed the occasional glass of vino.
2017 Miller Vineyard Clarksburg Cabernet Franc (Red)
The guide that comes with the wine, called Uncorked®, describes this wine as opening with “aromas and flavors of cocktail green olive, dark cherry, and delicate floral notes .. finishing with spice, chocolate, and espresso.”
After chilling the bottle in the fridge for about 10 minutes and then decanting for over an hour, our group enjoyed this wine on a lovely, warm fall evening.
Most of my tasting group agreed that this red was medium-bodied with a tart bite in front before mellowing out nicely. One of our tasters tends to lean towards the “fat” full-bodied wines so, for him, this wine was more delicate than what he would usually go for, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Another taster, usually a beer/whiskey drinker, was really impressed with this wine. He appreciated the subtle notes and smooth oakiness of this wine. We all picked up on the dark cherry and spice notes, especially when paired with a delicious assortment of dark chocolates.
Personally, I found this wine delicious and delightful. In the past few years, I’ve gravitated towards more delicate reds, ones that could be enjoyed on a hot summer day without feeling too heavy. For me, this one fell into that category and was really enjoyable to drink.
2019 Jahant Woods 03 Vineyard Lodi Fumé Blanc (White)
“Floral, melon notes…light and refreshing citrus notes with a hint of gooseberry” is how the Uncorked guide describes this fumé blanc. And I have to say, that description is spot on.
I’ll admit, I did not know that Fumé refers to Sauvignon Blanc made in the United States. Thanks to drinking this wine, I now do and feel a bit more enlightened. Although my go-to is typically a red wine, I do enjoy Sauvignon Blancs – and this wine certainly reminded me why.
From my palette’s perspective, I’d describe this wine as bright, creamy, clean, lively, and, genuinely, quite fun to drink!
Others in the group had a similar response when they tasted this wine. We all thought it would be ideal for a lovely summer day picnic, a fish-focused meal, or a casual wine-and-cheese get-together. Really enjoyable and delightfully drinkable.
How does The California Wine Club work?
Each month, The California Wine Club features a different winery and hand-selects two of their best wines for their wine club members. These wines, along with Uncorked®, their guide to the wines, are then shipped to you. You can subscribe as a wine club member for yourself or you may send a wine club gift subscription to someone else.
The California Wine Club Reviews: Benefits
Discover small, award-winning wineries whose wines are not typically found in local stores or wine shops.
Partnering directly with each winery means no distributor, no middleman, and the best choice of wine at the lowest possible price.
Convenient, “to your door” delivery.
Wines can be delivered monthly, every other month, or even quarterly.
Access to Personal Wine Consultants who get to know your wine preferences and needs.
Extra 10% OFF Wine Club gifts
Wine Club favorites can be reordered at a savings of up to 50% off winery prices
VIP Tours at the wineries featured
The California Wine Club’s Love It Guarantee. They will replace or refund any wine not up to your standards.
Personalized online wine experience created to help members manage and track their favorite wines.
Wine Storage in California Wine Club’s temperature-controlled warehouse when you go on vacation.
Customize wine club deliveries: three and four-bottle shipments are available; California Wine Club will pay the extra cost of shipping.
The California Wine Club’s guide to the wines, Uncorked®, is included with every shipment. This guide shares the personal stories from the wineries that The California Wine Club’s team visits plus tasting notes, pairing tips, and an armchair tour of wine country.
How much does The California Wine Club Cost?
The California Wine Club has a few different subscription levels and all of their wine clubs are available with monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly deliveries. All are available as gifts for that wine-lover in your life.
Premier Series Wine Club: Starts at $40.95
Two handcrafted bottles of artisan wines. (Choose from 2 reds, 2 whites, or 1 red and 1 white)
Uncorked, The California Wine Club’s guide to the winery featuring tasting notes on the wines, winemaker notes, wine tips and insight to California’s wine scene.
Savings when you reorder your favorites (up to 50% on every bottle).
Wines from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Monterey, Mendocino, and Santa Barbara
Every case or half case ships for $1 to most states. Depending on where the shipping address is located in the United States, wine club deliveries take as few as two days but up to three weeks. The wine travels from their warehouse to one of four licensed freight forwarders located across the country. Once the wine reaches its initial destination, it is processed for delivery to you with a local carrier.
Reorder Purchasing Options:
Wine club reorders are available while supplies last and always at a discount off of the normal retail price. Members can reorder in smaller quantities (3 and 4 bottles) as well as half, full and mixed cases.
Their site features an extensive selection of limited-production artisan wines priced
All gifts include a $25 Wine Credit, VIP winery tour and tasting invitation, and a personalized gift card from you along with the Uncorked® guide, The California Wine Club’s guide to the featured winery, insights to California’s wine scene, wine tips and wine luminary interviews.
Gifts Ship Now: Ship wine now and print or email a card after you checkout
Gifts+: For an additional $18, The California Wine Club will send a special gift announcement via mail now and your wine gift will ship later
Gifts Ship December: Ship gift in December and print or email a card after you checkout
Gifts Ship January: Ship gift in January and print or email a card after you checkout
The California Wine Club Reviews: Bottom Line
The California Wine Club offers impressive selections for every type of wine drinker, from those newer to the world of wine to the aficionado interested in discovering hidden gems.
Something that’s great about this wine club is that it’s like having friends vet the wines for you and then recommending only the ones they really enjoyed, which can help take the guess-work out the wine buying process.
It’s also commendable that The California Wine Club features wines from small, real-working artisan wineries and that they go to great lengths to tell the story of not just the wines, but of the individuals and families that brought these wines to life.
The California Wine Club would make the perfect gift for that wine-lover in your life and with reasonable club pricing, from just $40, you can spread the joy of wine to all of your friends and family for birthdays and holidays. I know that I would love to receive The California Wine Club as a gift! It’s the perfect size, the perfect color, and it is guaranteed to taste great!
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