Wine clubs have become more and more popular with both wine connoisseurs, and with those interested in learning more about wines. Over the years, a large number of wine clubs have appeared on the scene, catering for practically every taste and budget. People that join wine clubs have one thing in common – their love of or interest in fine wines. Whether you enjoy robust reds or crisp, dry whites you can learn more about the various types of wines, and you can enjoy sampling wines from around the world or from a selected region.
There are different types of wine clubs around these days and the increased choice of clubs means that many more wine lovers can enjoy the benefits of joining a wine club. The different types of wine club also make it easier for wine enthusiasts to find a club that suits their needs, lifestyle, and budget. Joining a wine club is a great way to enjoy different wines and learn more about wines from different regions, but before you commit to any particular wine club it is well worth looking into the different types of clubs. This will enable you to make a more informed decision with regards to which type of wine club will best meet your requirements.
Subscription wine clubs
The most common type of professional wine club is a subscription wine club. These professional clubs have experts on board to scour the globe for fine wines from wine making regions all over the world. You can get different subscription packages with these wine clubs, and most offer a choice of subscriptions such as monthly, six monthly, and annual subscriptions. This type of wine club offers a range of benefits including:
Monthly or quarterly bottles of wine shipped to you from around the world
Huge discounts off cases and bottles of wine
Invitations to special wine events
Wine tasting session invitations
Wine descriptions with food pairing advice
Newsletters containing information about the latest wines and recommended choices
Travel opportunities to wine-making regions
Free wine clubs
For those that don’t want to commit to a subscription, there are also free wine clubs that you can join. These clubs offer a range of benefits, from information and news from the wine world to the opportunity to go on wine tasting trips. This type of club costs nothing to join, and you still get samples of wine sent out to you every month or at other specified intervals. However, with this type of club you have to pay for any wine samples that you decide to keep. If you don’t want to keep the samples sent, you can simply return them free of charge. You could think of this type of club like a ‘pay as you go’ club – where you pay for trips, samples, and merchandise that you wish to keep. However, the information and resources with these clubs are free.
Social wine clubs
There is another type of wine club, but this is a more intimate arrangement than the above two. This type of wine club can be made up of either friends with an interest in wine or a local club of people with an interest in wine. With these clubs, each member contributes some money each month or year to go into a fund. This fund is then used to purchase wines to sample at the regular meetings held by the club members. Meetings are generally held in either a hired establishment or the members take it in turns to act as host.
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