Global Wine Cellars Wine Club Review – April 2015
There are three different club levels to choose from. Members of the Global Getaway Club will receive 3 bottles every 2 months. For those looking for more bottles, Global Discovery Club subscribers will receive 6 bottles every quarter. Connoisseurs might prefer the Global Access Club, which sends 6 “exquisite, cellar-worthy cuvees” every quarter. All club shipments include a mix of red and white wine.
This is a review of the Global Discovery Club.
Global Wine Cellars sent me this box at no cost to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription: Global Wine Cellars Wine Club
The Cost: $44.95 per 3-bottle shipment for the Global Getaway Club, $90 per 6-bottle shipment for the Global Discovery Club, and $150 per 6-bottle shipment for the Global Access Club. Each 6 bottle shipment will incur an additional $19.95 shipping fee, and each 3-bottle shipment will incur an additional $14.95 shipping fee.
The Products: Red and white wine selected by the team of experts at Global Wine Cellars.
Ships to: All US states that allow wine shipments. (Currently, all states EXCEPT: AK, AL, AR, DE, HI, KY, MS, OK, PA, RI, DS, and UT.)
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Global Wine Cellars included a welcome brochure with information about the club.
Inside the welcome brochure, there’s information about wine storage and serving tips.
There’s also a brochure outlining the bottles included.
Each bottle is outlined in detail, and Global Wine Cellars provides information about the wine, tasting notes, and pairing suggestions.
2014 Diemersdal Unwooded Chardonnay– $16 (Member Price: $14.40)
I don’t often drink Chardonnay, mostly because I’m not a fan of the buttery, oaky flavors that develop when it’s aged in wooden barrels. I am, however, always excited to try Chardonnays that have been aged in stainless steel instead. This particular unwooded version is a Chablis-style Chardonnay from South Africa. It was much lighter and zestier than a traditional oaked Chardonnay, and I enjoyed it very much.
2014 Mount Fishtail Sauvignon Blanc– $14 (Member Price: $12.60)
New Zealand’s Marlborough district is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, and this particular wine comes from a small, family-run estate on Mount Fishtail. Sauvignon Blanc is one of my go-to summer wines, so I was very excited to try this bottle. The aroma was incredible- I thought it smelled like candied peaches and green bell peppers! The flavor was incredible too. It was juicy, bright, and had a nice acidity that Global Wine Cellars said would pair well with shellfish. I loved this wine, and I will definitely be picking up a few more bottles.
2012 Uvaggio Acciaio Primativo– $14 (Member Price: $12.60)
I’m generally a fan of Italian reds, but I’m not all that familiar with Primativo. This Primativo hails from Lodi, California (east of Napa), which has a warm climate perfect for heat-loving Italian grapes. Interestingly, Primativo is genetically identical to Zinfandel, but the warm Lodi weather allows the grapes to ripen more evenly than Zinfandel grapes typically do. This means the grapes can be harvested before some of them become over-ripe, which produces a fresher, less jammy wine than a typical Zinfandel. This wine was juicy and fresh, with flavors of wild berries and herbs. It was delicious.
2012 La Font du Vent Les Promesses- approximately $15
This bottle is no longer available on the Global Wine Cellars site, but it is available for sale on Amazon. (I had no idea that Amazon sold wine!)
The family behind Les Promesses is best known for producing outstanding Chateauneuf-du-Pape in France’s Rhone Valley. In 2002, they purchased land across the Rhone River and started producing this more affordably priced Cotes du Rhone. Global Wine Cellars describes the wine as being juicy with rich tannins and flavors of raspberry, cherry jam, violet, lavender, and light leather. For me, this wine was just okay; however, I really enjoyed trying it and learning why it was selected. The brochure included with the shipment provided a good amount of information about each bottle, and I found it to be written in an interesting and accessible way. After reading it, I felt I’d learned quite a lot about each wine.
2011 Aloja Negre– $17 (Member Price: $15.30)
The 2011 Aloja Negre comes from a region that was once known for producing unexceptional bulk wine, but a selection of boutique estates have popped up in the area and are now creating more refined offerings. This wine is named after the “Aloja,” mythical Catalan water nymphs that are said to live in the area’s streams, lakes, and waterfalls. In the tasting notes, Global Wine Cellars picked out flavors of red plum with spice notes. They recommend drinking this wine alongside sausages or cassoulet. I really enjoyed this bottle, and I thought the wine was well balanced and delicious.
2011 Cordella Rosso di Montalcino– $24 (Member Price: $21.60)
I traveled to Tuscan wine country earlier this year with my family (for my mother’s 60th birthday), so I was really excited to receive a bottle from there! It’s 100% Sangiovese, and a younger version of the famed Brunello di Montalcino. Unsurprisingly, Global Wine Cellars suggests pairing this wine with Italian foods like lasagne, steak Florentine, and spicy sausage pasta. I like that Global Wine Cellars sends bottles with different price points. This is the most expensive bottle in the shipment, and I was very excited to see how it would stack up against the others.
It was full of cherry, earth, and spice flavors and really tasty. It definitely brought me back to Italy!
Verdict: I really enjoyed this box of wine from the Global Wine Cellars Wine Club. The average price per bottle breaks down to $15 (not including the cost of shipping), and the quality of the wine I received was very high. (The Mount Fishtail Sauvignon Blanc might be my new favorite spring wine!) It’s important to point out that it is not possible to customize your shipment, so I think this club would be best for open-minded wine drinkers who are willing to try just about anything.
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