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Dec 23, 2006 06:25 PM

Good winery clubs?

We had a Roshambo membership and are letting it expire. They had some fun events and a two bottles per quarter wine club. What other similar type wine clubs do you recommend? We like the member events as much as receiving the wine.

(FYI: Note about Roshambo--they just announced they are selling their space and downsizing. Sounds like their business plan didn't pan out. Hopefully this will help them refocus on quality, we found the wines good, but kind of hit and miss.)

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  1. I like the clubs offered by Ridge. They have 3 clubs that I am aware of: The Z List, which is an all zinfandel club; the ATP, which is their smaller production wines and I believe they have an all Monte Bello club. They have some events for members at their Cupertino winery. I am not sure if they have events at their Lytton tasting room.

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    1. re: wineguy7

      Do you have a preference out of the 3?
      Always been a fan of their Zinfandels, so sounds like Z list is the way to go.

      1. re: VealParmGuy

        For my taste, the ATP is the best of them. I like it best because there are a variety of wines, not just Zinfandel. However, if Zinfandel is your preferred tipple, you would want to join The Z List.

        1. re: wineguy7

          I am a member of the ATP, and I enjoy it tremendously. For one, the wines are a bit different than the widely available Ridge wines, but are of the same superior quality. Second, the wines are typically ready to drink rather than cellar, so it's fun to give them a try when they arrive.

          I would love to join the Z List, but it's rather pricey. In addition, I have found a wide variety of the Zinfandels to be available in retail locations.

    2. We have been getting quarterly shipments from J Winery in Sonoma. Every November you get a magnum of their vintage champagne, which is fun. I have really enjoyed their chardonnays...their pinot noirs have been more variable but quality is very good. You also get to try fun stuff like pinotage, viognier, pinot gris, etc. If I lived in the bay area I would love to get to the winery more often, it is very pleasant, in Healdsburg, adjacent to Rodney Strong (I think). They serve nice hors d'oeuvres with the tastings.

      1. I am not the world's biggest fan of wine clubs generally, in that you often have to take what the winery sends you -- rather than getting only the (types of) wines you like. I like hundreds of wines, but I find that I rarely love all wines from a single winery equally. (In other words, I find I prefer this winery's Pinot Noir, that winery's Zinfandel, and the Syrah from that winery over there.) Thus -- for me -- wine clubs tend to "stick" me with wines that, while I may like them, I don't love them . . . .

        That said, there are some which let you "tailor" your shipments.

        Ridge, as noted above, is my favorite for precisely the reasons cited above.

        1. I belong to Justin Winery's club- have had good luck with them over the years. Yes, they let you indicate some preference, but not total choice, although you have discounts and first shot at some of the special bottlings, etc.

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