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Gifts, parties, and the holiday season are just around the corner which has me thinking a lot about….wine. Wine really is the perfect gift. It’s easy to give, received with a smile, and it’s good for your health! But picking out just the right bottles can be tedious which is why I love the idea of giving (and receiving!) wine club memberships. I recently had the chance to sample one of the California Wine Club‘s 3-month Premier Club wine memberships.
Let me first say that it’s pretty awesome to get wine delivered straight to your doorstep. And good wine at that. Errands (otherwise known as “adventures”) are hard enough with kids without trying to navigate the glass bottle displays of the wine aisle. This month’s California Wine Club delivery included two bottles from Perry Creek Winery, a mid-sized winery in the Sierra Foothills, located just east of Sacramento, CA. Though the original shipment also included a bottle of the 2009 El Dorado Chardonnay, since I opted for the red-only packaged, I received two bottles of Perry Creek’s ZinMan Zinfandel.
For the record, I like zins. Wine with kick. Wine with umph. But this was smoother than many others, only showing a subtle spiciness that hit you on the tail-end of the sip. It wasn’t super bold or spicy, but that made ZinMan very easy on the palate, yet still holding a complexity and depth that I enjoy in the varietal. In a word, it was good. I’ve had both bottles since they’ve arrived, one with a marinara pasta dinner and the other with pork chops though I could imagine ZinMan complimenting salmon, burgers or a number of cheeses as well.
Another benefit of joining the California Wine Club is that once you’re a member of one of their wine clubs, you can also stock up on your favorite past deliveries. They offer great discounts on buying additional bottles of that month’s wine as well as previous months.
So as you’re thinking about the upcoming holiday parties you’re throwing or attending, the holiday gifts you need to give or one’s you’d like to receive, or heck, if you’re thinking about how nice it would be to find WINE in your mailbox, check out the California Wine Club. For MWS readers, they are offering 10% off any gift order you place (use code: mommieswithstyle-11), PLUS, drumroll please……..You can WIN a 1-month subscription to the California Wine Club right here! That’s right. Wine in your mailbox. For being a loyal MWS reader. Want to win? Leave a comment below with why you’d love to find wine in your mailbox. You can earn additional entries for each of the following – leave a comment telling us you did each one.
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Contest open to U.S. residents 21 years and older. Entries must be received by Wednesday, October 26th 2011 at 11:59pm PST. Sorry, no P.O. boxes.
Mommies With Style was not paid for this review. A sample of the wine club shipment was provided for the review.
Kate Bayless is a writer, editor and lover of big, bold reds being delivered to her door. Her work has appeared in Parents, American Baby, Fit Pregnancy, iVillage and other publications. Visit her at www.katebayless.com or @katebayless.