How Wine Experts Rate & Review Wine Clubs
Wine clubs are quickly becoming one of the most popular enrollment and gift activities associated with the food and beverage industry. A wine club is not a "set in stone" arrangement and they are available in an enormous number of styles and options. There are clubs dedicated to California wines and there are those that focus entirely on Champagnes or Sparkling wines. The choices are almost limitless, but it is a good idea to investigate some of the wine club reviews before making a choice.
Even though most wine clubs use a panel of experts to make their monthly or seasonal selections there may still be some issues with the club's choices, so it's important to do your own research or read reviews. Wine club reviews analyze the following areas:
Quality of Wine
This is, of course, a major factor in the success of any wine club. If the members receive unpopular or "clearance" items they will probably not enjoy their membership as much as those who receive specially selected vintages. Unfortunately there are some clubs that do utilize discounted bottles and vintages as a portion of each month's shipment. This is usually quickly and easily identified by the critic who will comment on every single selection.
Additionally, any critic is going to have some good knowledge and background about the type of wines the club has promised and will be able to let potential members know if the vintages selected match the criteria of the club, or its standards. For example, if a club promises the best California "boutique" wines, a knowledge