Wine delivered to your front door

by Robyn Wright on October 15, 2011

in Food,Reviews & Giveaways

Wine is a fairly new thing for me. Not that I did not know of it, but just not something I used to not enjoy, or so I thought. What I have been learning is that wines are very different from each other and you have to find the kind you like. Food that you eat while drinking wine also impacts the flavor quite a bit which is why wine folks get all excited about wine pairings – it really does make a difference.

When presented with the opportunity to try out the California Wine Club I thought this was the perfect way for me to try more new wines and learn more about them. They have different levels you can join (or give a gift of) but the most popular is the Premier Club. The cost is $36.45 per month plus s&h and applicable sales tax. What you get monthly is two bottles of award-winning wine, and the Uncorked magazine. You can see how it arrives in my quick unboxing video. If you really like a particular wine in the shipment you can order more bottles of it also.

As a hard-working blogger I uncorked my bottles of wine to try them out for you all. I know, I know, I work so hard for you all. It is tough work, but my readers are worth the sacrifice. Anyway, back to the wine. The first was the chardonnay (a white wine). Again, I’m fairly new to understanding wine so forgive me if I don’t know the correct terms – but for me this one was very woody. The smell reminded me of when Hubby grills for us, in a good way. Had we had this with some grilled chicken or turkey I think it would have been wonderful. Hubby preferred this bottle of wine by far. The other bottle was a zinfandel (a red wine) and this was my preferred bottle. Again, it had a little of that woody flavor also, but overall it was a much deeper taste to it and a little fruitier, but not sweet, to me. This would have been perfect to serve with a nice steak with a mushroom sauce.

Calfornia Wine Club October 2011I really liked having the delivery right to my door. It is always fun to get a surprise by not knowing exactly what wine I would have. Plus, I didn’t have to stand in the store staring at thousands of bottles of wine looking kind of dopey not knowing exactly what I wanted. I think this membership is going to help me understand some basic wine details so much more that I will be able to feel more confident buying wine at the store or even ordering when I go out for drinks or dinner with friends. Stay tuned because I will have a few more posts about my experience with the California Wine Club, including a giveaway for my readers!

There is also an app that is really useful for knowing what kind of wine goes with different foods, it’s CWC Food and Wine Pairing Wheel. Pick your food item and they list three different wines that would go well with that. Really neat idea – I would love if you could do it in reverse too – by looking at the type of wine and seeing what foods it goes well with. Still handy nonetheless and worth the download from the app store.

Want to know more? Check out The California Wine Club on Facebook, The Boring Wine Guy on Facebook, @cawineclub on Twitter, and @boringwineguy also on Twitter. If you want to order a gift you can use the coupon code: onlineworld for a 10% discount too!

So are you a wine drinker or a wanna-be wine drinker? What is your favorite wine? Any tips to share with those of us who are new to understanding wine?

Disclosure: I have received a complimentary membership for the California Wine Club in conjunction with Mom Spark Media to facilitate my review. The opinions, as always, are my own. Please drink responsibly.

© 2011 – 2012, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

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1 tannawings October 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I also am not into wines. I have tried them of course and know what I dont like (dry or bitter tasting) but I do like a very sweet wine warmed up when it is cold out. There is a Danish drink my Father in Law makes and it slips my mind but it has red wine and spices of some sort and it is really good. I dont drink alot, so if I had wine delivered 2 bottles a month I would have a ton of aged wine after awhile :)
Great review though!

2 Robyn's Online World October 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Is it a mulled wine?

3 terrik October 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Aaaaand, you’ve got me again!  I look forward to your continued sacrifices and sharing of your wine experiences.  Hopefully you will blog about each shipment you receive, because I look forward to experiencing them vicariously through you. 

I don’t know much of anything about wine, other than I can’t afford the really good ones.  I used to work closely with a guy from France, and he really knew his wine, I was fortunate enough to be present at a few company expense account dinners with some wine so fantastic it didn’t even seem like it should be in the same category as what I thought wine was based on what I had tasted before.  

So please keep posting, especially with food pairing opinions, and if I ever win a trip to a vineyard, I’ll take you with me, you know, to pay you back for all your sacrifices.

4 Robyn's Online World October 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Thanks glad to know you appreciate that LOL. Yes, I will be writing about my next two shipments for sure!

5 simplydab October 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I’ve ordered wine online before – it’s an easy (and fairly inexpensive) way to try some great wines :)

6 Anna Galanos October 15, 2011 at 9:00 am

I am really more of a cocktail drinker, but I do enjoy sangria or moscato. I am baffled by the wine aisles as well so I am so glad you posted this!
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7 Robyn's Online World October 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Ohhh moscato is another thing I recently found – it is yummy!

8 deadchristmastrees October 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm

i never really liked the taste of wine but if I’m going to relax and have a few drinks either alone or at a party than this is my preferred drink.  It makes me happy and energetic unlike a lot of mixed drinks which make me either too drunk or sleepy and unlike beer which makes me feel bloated.  I prefer red wine….not sure about the varieties though.

I really want to try one of those clubs.  Not necessarily the wine club.  There are clubs for EVERYTHING!  Like Hot Sauce of the Month Club!  I even saw one for peanut butter!! How many different varies of peanut butter can you have…not to mention have fancy they most be to pay $30/month!  But, no matter how hard i try, i cant rationalize spending $50/month to have chocolate deliver to my doorstep!

9 Robyn's Online World October 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I know what you mean. I like the idea of trying out all the different varieties of different items too

10 tmy56 October 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm

We are fortunate to live in New York’s Finger Lakes wine country. We love to drive around the lakes & stop at wineries for tastings, with a designated driver, of course!

My favorite winery is Glenora – I like their Classic Blush – I definitely prefer sweet wines,

I would suggest checking with local liquor stores to see if they offer wine tastings – you can try before you buy.

11 Robyn's Online World October 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm

We actually have several wineries here in Missouri too. I have visited some, but not really paid enough attention before to know what I liked and what I didn’t. I will have to revisit them.

12 Ravzie October 18, 2011 at 7:15 am

Robyn, often good wine is an acquired taste. 

Some stores have free wine tastings.  Taste before you buy and begin to discover what you like and what you don’t.  The more wines you taste, the more you learn about the different types.

If you don’t have any way to taste, it’s good to start with grocery store types, you don’t waste too much money that way…   Novices tend to like sweeter wines, such as White Zinfandel and Riesling.  (I still love me some Beringer White Zin.)

Some wines, especially the more robust reds are better with food.  Alone, they taste too “strong”, but with steak or a tomato sauce pasta meal, they become much more yummy.   Many people who really like wines don’t just sip on a Cabernet Franc or a Cabernet Sauvignon.  Try some dark chocolate with that Zinfandel you like for dessert!

Overall, I can’t say I think the wine clubs are a really good idea.  My thought is that they are overcharging people who don’t know the difference for poor quality wines. JMHO.  I could be wrong.  Great for you to get the free membership with this one, which I am sure is only sending out top quality wines at reasonable prices.

Some recommendations of my favs of pretty good quality, but fairly economical ($10ish) wines that should be pretty easy to find around the country:

Buttery, creamy, oakey (woody) Chardonnay:  Red Diamond from WA.

Sweet and crisp Riesling:  Chateau Ste. Michelle also from WA (not the dry Riesling, which is less sweet)

Not too heavy, not too tannic (bitter) red, berry-jam like:  Campo Viejo Crianza from Rioja, Spain.  One of my very favorite wines, had some last night.

Little heavier red, still jammy:  Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel from CA.

A little  heavier still, but great:  The Slammer Syrah/Shiraz from CA.

You might like these, or you might think they taste like horse pizz.  Wine is very subjective! 

Enjoy.

13 Robyn's Online World November 14, 2011 at 11:40 am

Thanks for all of these great tips! I’m going to look for the types of wine you suggested as well.

14 nik October 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I’m not much of a wine drinker though I grew up in a wine-loving family. When I do drink it, I usually prefer Rieslings or some other lighter, sweeter wine. I’m looking forward to your reviews and any tips you can pass on to us.

15 AngelaLilly November 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

I do not drink at all, but my parents, in-laws, and many of my friends love wine.  One of my friends actually has wine delivered to my home (because it has to be signed for and she works) pretty regularly, so I know how convenient a service like this would be!

16 terry petero January 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm

delivery to the door would be great, and im glad you work so hard (lol) to try these and lets us know all about them. and your so correct everyone enjoys a different one are taste.

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