What Is A Wine Club And How Do I Join The Best One?
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In 2020, you’d be forgiven for having forgotten the meaning of the word “club.” With social distancing regulations, a group of people getting together for any extended period of time is not really possible. However, there are some clubs that are still functioning in spite of COVID-19.
These clubs take place from a distance, or are a different kind of club altogether. The latter applies to wine clubs. A wine club is a club that anyone can join without ever having to meet other people or go anywhere in person.
Here is what you need to know to find the best wine clubs.
What is a wine club?
A wine club is essentially a subscription service that regularly sends you bottles and tasters of a range of different wines. Instead of having to go out and find different wines to try for yourself, the wines are selected for you, according to your tasting level and preferences.
Wine clubs are informed by expert sommeliers, who know how to coach an acquired taste. They will slowly work you up to better and better wines, with more subtle tastes, as you progress.
With a wine club membership, you can enjoy tasting wines alone or with friends. You can also use the wine club as a way to meet people online who are getting the same tasting experience as you. Of course, in 2020 those friendships will have to stay online, but that can also be to your benefit as you meet people from around the world.
Now that you know what a wine club is, how do you go about finding the best wine club for you?
Decide on your preference
While you can go for a generic wine club, the better way to go about it is by choosing a wine club that suits your preferences. Do you love Champagne? Join a Champagne wine club. Prefer red wines? Join a red wine club.
You can even join wine clubs that cater to preferences like affordability, organic produce, and vegan options.
Once you know what type of wines you would like to be tasting every month, you can go in search of the best for your tastes.
Level of expertise
Some people know more about wine than others. It can feel intimidating being around a group of people who have much more experience of wine than you. Which is what makes a wine club so great. You don’t have to keep up pretenses, as you only have yourself to impress.
There are wine clubs that cater to people with a lot of experience, but most wine club members just want to work on getting to taste a range of different wines for the first time. It is something that used to be unaffordable for most people.
Wine clubs give access to regular people, allowing them to improve their palates without breaking the bank. There is no need to buy bottle after bottle of wine you are not yet able to appreciate, simply to get a start on your tasting experience.