Best Napa/Sonoma Wine Clubs?
I was searching for a related thread, and found one from 2003ish. Would love to hear updated opinions from folks who have a wine club favorite from the Napa/Sonoma area: what were related costs, why did/do you like your wine club (were the selections good), were their event offerings worth attending?
I'm by no means a wine connoisseur, but I'm learning, and love trying new wines. I recently signed up for the Roche wine club in Sonoma because it seems to be a decent value (http://www.rochewinery.com/our-wine-club), and was apparently voted "best wine club" though by who, I dunno;) Since signing up I've been researching more wine clubs and I'm hoping someone on chowhound who is more in the know could enlighten me!
Do you also want to be part of a wine club that holds lots of events? Or just get a decent discount on wines you really love? Are you only interested in small shipments or are you OK if the minimum is half a case 3 times a year?
I would caution on joining too many clubs until you have a real sense of what you like. The wine coming in can be overwhelming and stack up quickly, preventing the acquisition of new and different wines. It's a great, guaranteed revenue for the wineries but there isn't always a lot of upside potential for the consumer (even more biased in the wineries favor are futures).
Thanks--- to clarify I only want to join one wine club and try it out for the year. Priority is to receive good quality wines and to expand my palate. I suppose down the line would be happy just getting discounts on the wines I want. But I'm curious about some of the events wineries host. Some will be an added cost, others are free. Not sure if I should look at events as an added perk worth considering. I would assume some wineries throw really nice events, others are not worth it.
Re: shipments, I don't think I could drink that much wine in a year. Noticed that some will ship up to 3 bottles six times a year which does seem a bit overwhelming. The one I just signed up for is about once a quarter (2-3 bottles), with the option of missing one quarter.
Ridge has a variety of wine clubs and good variety in types (zins, syrah blends, petite sirah, cabs)- makes excellent wine, though the wine is much better with a few years of age on it; rarely drink it now wines. They have a few events, but they're not a huge event-centric type club.