Membership in a White Wine Club?
Variety at a Reasonable Price
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For many wine lovers, the extra benefits of a wine club give this pastime/hobby/obsession just the touch it needs. Having the opportunity to try a variety of the world's fine wines is a major reason to join a white wine club.
With any of the reliable clubs established in the last 10 to 15 years, wine aficionados can have the world of wine delivered to their door.
While many wine lovers participate in wine clubs that offer a selection of red and white wines, these clubs sometimes offer the option of having only white wines shipped on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.
For example, the California Wine Club has an option on its home page that allows you to choose two white wines per month for a base price of $47.95.
The club options also include two-month, three-month, six-month and annual memberships. The prices range from $95.90 to $540 for these selections.
Note: Please keep in mind that we offer examples of wine clubs for information purposes only. We don't necessarily recommend any particular clubs or companies.
California Wine Club has been in the business of finding select wines for 20 years (and is also within the top five rated wine clubs of our website).
The original motivation for the founders was to find excellent wines that could be purchased in the $5 to $35 price range.
The experienced wine merchants make every effort to find some of the world's best wines, many of which are not available in stores. The founders personally travel wine country in California to find and sample wines to offer to members.
Among the most popular white wine clubs are Solo Bianco and the white-wine selections from Cellars Wine Club. Solo Bianco was "created for those who prefer crisp and refreshing white wines."
This select club currently offers two bottles of Viansa wine, including Chardonnay, Arneis, Vernaccia and Pinot Grigio.
As with most of the top-shelf wine clubs, this group also sends its members a quality magazine or newsletter. Membership in Solo Bianco comes with Viansa at Home, a full-color magazine that is packed with recipes, culinary and entertainment news and details on the various club selections. Membership prices range from $22 to @38 per shipment of white wine (tax and shipping are extra).
Cellars Wine Club is widely considered one of the best values in the field, with a wide variety of choices from great wines made around the world (Cellars is actually our best rated wine club on this site!).
Members may choose to have only white wines in their shipments, with prices ranging from $30 to $50 per month, depending on wines offered at the time.
Cellars has offered wine club memberships for more than 10 years and currently has 10 different clubs available.
Among the choice whites offered currently for individual purchase or with club membership are
- 2003 Iron Horse Cuvee R Alexander Valley ($19.99)
- 2004 Willamette Valley Chardonnay Dijon ($16.99)
- 2005 DaMa Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley ($21.99)
- 2005 J. Hofstatter Pinot Grigio Alto Adige DOC ($22.99)
- and 2005 Von Hovel Riesling ($19.99).
Wine.com has several distinct wine clubs with prices ranging from $20 to $70, again depending on current selections. Members can choose from the Discovery Tour Wine Club that is perfect for beginners, the Wines of the World club or the 90 Point Rated Wine Club, considered a prestigious choice for some members.
These clubs offer an assortment of wines, red and white. Choices available in the four price ranges show only mixed red/white or red only. So white wine lovers might want to talk with the site managers to see if a white-wine-only choice is or will be available.
One other choice for excellent white wines may be Wine Insiders. This merchant offers the following selection of fine white wines:
- Chardonnay described as "buttery" and "creamy" along with various fruit notes.
- Sauvignon Blanc crisp and herbal wines that may be best enjoyed when "young."
- Pinot Grigio crisp and light, popular with dry-wine lovers.
- Riesling complex yet "delicate" with definite hints of fruit.
- Chenin Blanc crisp and sweet but nicely balanced.
Memberships include White Wine Discoveries, perfect for the white wine aficionado.
Try one of these fine white wine clubs or look for one of the other excellent merchants and clubs. You won't be disappointed.
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