I'd recommend Tasting Room to anyone looking to buy a wine club for themselves
One of the biggest “cons” of a wine club is that the club chooses what wines you receive. TastingRoom.com has solved this by listening to the customer and curating a wine club that's customized for each individual subscriber.
Watch our Tasting Room Wine Club review video and see what this club includes:
Based on my choices while tasting the wines in the Tasting Kit, TastingRoom.com decided to send me:
- 2009 Voila California Pinot Noir
- 2011 Loophole Central Coast Pinot Noir
- 2010 Loophole Santa Barbara Chardonnay
- 2011 Monte Araya Selección Especial Rioja
- 2011 Punta de Flechas Mendoza Malbec
- 2011 Terre di Terrossa Pinot Grigio
This first case of wine was $91.88 (including free shipping & tax, about $7.66 / bottle). My next shipment (due in mid-November) will be pricier, however: about $183.78, or $15.32 / bottle.
So far I've only popped open the Pinot Noir by Voila. Maybe it's just luck, but two of the wines I've tried from TastingRoom have smelled terrible, but tasted WONDERFUL! Voila's Pinot Noir falls into this category. It's one of the best Pinot's I've ever received from a wine club, and possibly the best I've ever had anywhere. It needed about 5 minutes to breathe, but then the rest of the bottle was in trouble.
As you get to the different wines chosen for you, you can rate them (to further define your taste preference) and leave notes
I'd recommend Tasting Room to anyone looking to buy a wine club for themselves. You get a club that's tailored to your own taste profile, and at a reasonable price. There are a couple of downsides, however:
- Ongoing quarterly shipments are a bit pricey at over $15 / bottle. If you look at just the wine, it's expensive. But when you consider the wine, shipping it to you, and the fact that these wines were chosen for you, it's a reasonable cost.
- You get 2 bottles of each wine. I'm not sure if I like this, or not. It makes it easy to get to all 6 wines (and review them) before the next case is put together, but getting 12 unique wines may be a better choice.
Unfortunately, at this time, Tasting Room isn't offering an easy way to send the club as a gift. However, we've heard through the grape vine (get it? grapes… wine???) that they're working on a way to do this, hopefully in time for this year's holiday gift-giving season.
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