Gourmet Monthly Clubs Review

The Premier Series Review

Wine Club Overview & Details

Wine Club Rating:

This Wine Club is rated 3.5 stars

Wine Choices

Red-only and White-only options   Red-only and White-only options   Red-only and White-only options  

Billing Choices

Ongoing Pre-paid On-shipment

Shipment Choices

Monthly Bimonthly Quarterly

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AL AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA ID IL IN IA KS KY LA MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX VT VA WA WV WI WY

Summary

One of the best two-bottle wine clubs around at a very fair price. A good-quality International selection of wines.

What We Like

Unprecedentedly fantastic flexibility in billing, shipping, customization, and what type of goodies to get.

Improvements

The wine club? It's great. The website? A little hard to use. If you're heading over there, please be patient. The effort is worth it!

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  • Shipping cost is $13 per shipment

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The Premier Series Wine Club is an excellent two-bottle International wine club. We’ve been receiving their wines for months now and while some of the selections are common among the other wine clubs, they do a great job of selecting special International, and especially Italian, wines. We’ve liked nearly every wine we’ve ever received from them (with one notable exception) and we look forward to their deliveries each month and find them to be delivering value.

Gourmet Monthly uses a two-tiered tasting panel consisting of up to 30 tasters and is comprised of wine enthusiasts who run the gamut from industry professionals, to serious amateur collectors, to casual wine lovers. In this way, the diversity of preference, experience, taste, and style that exists within their club membership is correspondingly represented in the wine selection process. Only those wines that are most highly regarded by the panel, generating an affirmative consensus among the members, become featured in the club.

We’ve never seen a club willing to be flexible to make their customers happy. You can choose so many options about your wine club subscription—including getting more than just wine in the mail!

Gourmet Monthly’s Whatever-Whenever Program makes it easy to give a personalized gift club or just get what you love delivered to your door. You can choose from 6 categories of goods (Beer, Chocolate, Flowers, Cigars, Cheese, and of course, Wine) to be delivered in any order, any month, skip one or two or more. You can choose to pay for it up front or in monthly installments, too.

Email a Gift Announcement

Always thinking about how to make their wine club great, Gourmet Monthly gives you a tool to send an E-Gift Announcement on a specific date (this is unusual). If you want to print a Gift Announcement, they have a great tool to help you create your own! You can some basic style elements and personalize it with information pertaining to what you’ve purchased and for whom, as well as adding a personal message or use a pre-written greeting. IMPORTANT NOTE: Gift Announcements are not automatically generated for orders placed on the Internet.

Last Updated: 9/1/2010

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Welcome to The International Wine of the Month Club - Each month, members of our premium wine club receive international wine selections from two different award-winning boutique vineyards, accompanied by our informative, entertaining, and professionally-printed newsletter. Choose from three membership types, and select either two red selections, two whites, or one red and one white.

Our Professional Wine Tasting Panel Ensures Quality and Variety

Nationally recognized wine educator, author, and industry consultant Don Lahey heads up our 12-person professional wine tasting panel. Don ensures our featured selections are both extraordinary and rare, and quite unlike many similar clubs whose focus is only on specific regions, our featured selections are brought to you from exceptional wineries all over the globe. Many are from classic regions such as Bordeaux's Gironde River, the sun-drenched hills of Tuscany, and Sonoma's Russian River, but we also include highly-regarded selections from newly discovered regions such as Australia's Hunter Valley, Hungary's Zemplen Mountains, and the Mendoza region of Argentina.

The International Wine of the Month Club will introduce you to vintages that are lightly distributed and that you might not discover on your own, such as a Sauvignon Semillion from Australia's Amberley Margaret River, orMichel Goubard's Mont Avril Bourgogne Pinot Noir. Don's vast industry experience of over 30 years enables us to taste, locate, and secure very unique and distinctive selections and then offer them to you well below their retail cost. Enjoy exceptional, hard to find vintages, and reorder your favorites at discounted prices.

Increased Appreciation Through Our Newsletter

We have found over many years that our newsletter's quality content sets us far apart from other similar services. You will learn about each featured wine, what qualities to look for when tasting them, and what foods best accompany them. We detail each featured vineyard's unique attributes, such as their growing region or appellation, and how these subtle differences interact in the production of their vintages. And we'll introduce you to the unique personalities and history that are the heart and soul of each vineyard.

Three Distinctive Wine Clubs to Choose From - Experience a wide variety of exciting, professionally-selected wines from acclaimed international wineries. Each month you'll receive two distinct wine styles from two different wineries, traditionally one red and one white wine, however you may choose to receive reds only in each series, and whites only in The Premier Series. Each shipment is accompanied by our professionally produced newsletter discussing each featured wine, the history of the winemakers, qualities to take note of as you taste them, suggested food pairings, and more!

Wine Club Gift Memberships

Your gift recipients will be delighted and impressed as they explore the club's distinctive, expertly-made, and hard-to-find vintages. Every time they enjoy a featured selection, they'll be reminded of your thoughtfulness!

Gift memberships start at just $29.95 USD (plus shipping and handling) per shipment, and can range anywhere from a 2-month to a 12-month subscription. You may pay monthly as they ship, or in one convenient installment.

Personal Wine Club Memberships

We invite you to join with a personal membership, which starts at just $29.95 USD per month (plus shipping and handling). Memberships may be set up on a fixed-term or on an open-ended basis, which allows you to pay as you go, try out our service, and cancel at any time with no further obligation. Fixed-term membership fees can be either charged to your credit card just prior to each shipment, or in one convenient installment, if you prefer.

Our Whatever Whenever Program Allows You to Get Creative!

With a Whatever Whenever membership, you may combine our International Wines with any of our other gourmet services in any way desired. Choose from Microbrewed Beers, Gourmet Chocolates, Gourmet Cheeses, Premium Cigars or Freshly Cut Flower arrangements.

Last Updated: 9/1/2010

 

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