Gold Medal Wine Club Box Review – June 2018
Gold Medal Wine Club seeks out wine from California’s “best boutique wineries” and sends it directly to your door every month.
They offer several different clubs to suit various tastes and budgets, and you can choose whether to receive all white wines, all reds, or a mix of both.
This review is of the Gold Wine Club, $39 a month + shipping, box.
Everything comes packaged securely to ensure safekeeping while in transit. The wine itself comes in a very beautiful, artist designed box. Some additional information about the artist is featured on the inside of the lid.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Gold Medal Wine Club
The Subscription Box: Gold Medal Wine Club
The Cost: Price is dependent on which club you join. All clubs prices do not include shipping. (For reference, shipping to PA was an additional $13.) The following clubs are available:
- Gold Wine Club: $39 (2+ bottles monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly)
- Platinum Wine Club: $89 (2+ bottles monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly)
- Diamond Wine Club: $179 (2+ bottles quarterly)
- Garagiste Wine Club: $75 (2+ bottles monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly)
- Pinot Noir Wine Club: $74 (2+ bottles monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly)
- International Wine Club: $75 (3 bottles quarterly)
The Products: “Superb medal-winning wines from California’s boutique wineries.”
Ships to: US
Gold Medal Wine Club June 2018 Review
I was amazed at how beautifully packaged this box arrived. From the artist designed cover art, to the organza bags encasing the wine, it was truly a treat to open. I especially loved the detailed literature included which provide a plethora of information about the club, the wine, and the featured vineyard.
The first insert was a welcome letter, explaining some of the highlights of the club including their rewards program and reorder discounts.
The second insert was a bit more detail about the rewards program and instant savings that the club offers to their members.
The next booklet proved a ton of additional detail about the club. There’s a page about each membership type and provides you with basically any information would need to know about this subscription. This would especially be helpful if you purchased this as a gift for someone!
The inclusion was volume 2801 of “The Wine Press” – with some interesting detail about the La Fallette Wines (North Coast of California) – this month’s featured vineyard. The first page provides some tasting notes, and ratings, for the two included bottles that I received. The booklet goes on to include an overview of the vineyard, a profile on the winemaker, and even food pairings and recipes to compliment these bottles! This is a very well thought out, and appreciated insertion in this box.
All of this reading made me thirsty – on to the wine!
La Follette 2014 North Coast Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast/Mendocino)
An inviting bouquet of vanilla bean, biscuit and lemon zest notes come together on the nose, while the creamy palate offers elegant yet energetic flavors that are balanced with fresh minerality and acidity. This is a fresh, harmonious blend that is distinctively coastal in style. 100% Chardonnay. Enjoy now until 2019.
This was a perfect Chardonnay to me – light, zesty, and mildly acidic. It was a very pleasing, drinkable white that both my husband and I enjoyed. He’s not typically a white drinker, but this bottle was dry enough that he quite appreciated sipping it!
La Follette 2014 North Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast/Mendocino)
This wine opens with an exuberant bouquet of cherry, berry and cinnamon bark, with just a touch of forest earthiness. A silky entry offers a wild strawberry note and leads to a vibrant, fresh acidity, fine grain tannins and red fruit notes of cherry, hibiscus, and red currant. Notes of juicy berry and brown spice emerge on the mouthwatering finish. Aged in oak. Enjoy now until 2022.
Well, this certainly won’t make it that long! This was a fantastic bottle of Pinot. The cherry was front and center, and I loved the smoothness of this wine. It was a beautiful color, had an amazing fragrance – both my husband and I were both big fans of this bottle.
Verdict: This is my first time trying Gold Medal Wine Club and what a great experience it was! I couldn’t find either of these exact bottles for sale online, but it appears that the lowest price bottle at this vineyard is $34. If we assume that both were the entry price point, then that’s $68 of wine for $52 ($39 plus $13 shipping). Hands down, I feel that this is the best quality wine I’ve received in a subscription box to date!
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, you will receive the July box.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $39 + $13 shipping, which means that each of the 2 bottles of wine in the box has an average cost of $26.
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