It is the beginning of the year and time to analyze which wine clubs to join and why…
There are several things to consider when evaluating wine club memberships.
- Types of wines… Does the winery offer wines you enjoy?
- Benefits of wine club membership
We like several of our friends participate in several wine clubs to build their wine cellars. However, we also evaluate every year which clubs to stay with and which new ones to try out. The first steps of course are to try the wines… Rather obvious! The benefits that come with belonging to clubs will vary.
One of the wine clubs we belong to is Rombauer. The reason is that we enjoy their wines, especially the Chardonnay the key benefit of belonging is simply to get the wine. No discounts no events… But, the wine can be tricky to find. Since we like and enjoy this wine being in the club helps to keep our cellar stocked. That is the key benefit. You may also find some wines that you really like, but that can be tricky to find- Therefore the Club, if offered, would be the answer.
Other than just getting the wine… belonging to some wine clubs provides a small discount on the price of the selections sent to you. Other clubs don’t provide discounted prices; however the wines sent are 1st choice wines that are not available to the general public. Some clubs will also include the benefit of tastings in the tasting room at no cost. For example wine club members of Domain Carnerous in Napa (owned by Tattingers’ of France) are entitled to a complementary glass of bubbly upon their visits. Members also may taste in the private tasting building with a variety of appetizers or enjoy the sunshine on the terrace with those appetizers served.
Additional considerations are events. Most of the larger wineries offer special events starting with New Year’s Eve. The events are spread throughout the year some formal some in the form of dinners, dinner dances, paired tastings etc. In most wineries these events are either limited to wine club members and their guests or wine club members first at a discounted price, and then open to nonmembers on a space available basis.
Some wineries like Castello di Amorosa have different levels of wine club memberships.
Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting Valentine Day Winery and Dinner Events. So let’s begin with…
Castello di Amorosa 4045 North St Helena Hwy
Calistoga, CA 94515
Royal Hearts Valentine Gala
Feb 16, 2013
An evening of opulence, elegance and romance. Treat your sweetheart to a celebration of love, Castle style!
- Sample sumptuous hors d’oeuvres at the VIP reception in our tasting room
- Sit down to an elegant four course dinner,planned by guest chef Alejandra Schrader and paired impeccably with our wines in our Grand Barrel Room
- Take delight in a night of romance and surprises
- Let romantic live music sweep you away
VIP Reception at 6:45pm, Dinner Seating at 8:00pm
Tickets $195/Members $225/For Guests – Max 2 member tickets per membership. Reservations required See video of the event