Posts Tagged ‘wine clubs’
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
Make sure we have your email address, and you’ll be the first to hear about special discounts,exclusive promotions and private wine sales…before the public even knows about it! Throughout the year, we’re able to offer a range of special deals, and we want you to hear about it first. Having your email address on file is also a good idea when it comes to your scheduled wine club shipments. As each wine delivery is sent out, we’ll send you an email notification of the shipment with personal tracking information – this way you can plan and anticipate its arrival. Many of our wine club members are already enjoying the benefits of email notifications, and you can too!
Please give us a call today at 1-800-266-8888, and we can easily verify your account information and add your email address to our private list. And rest assured, we always keep email information confidential and never share it with anyone. Be in the know. Join the VIP list today!
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
Since their establishment in 1981, White Oak Vineyards of Sonoma County, California has enjoyed a reputation as one of Sonoma’s best wineries. Not because they spent marketing dollars to get the word out, but because the quality of their wines speak for themselves. Their wines have won the “Sweepstakes” at the Sonoma County Wine Festival twice. (In ’90 and ’06) This award is regarded as the most important wine award not only in Sonoma, but throughout California.
Recently, with the help of investors, Bill Myers (White Oak winery owner) acquired a unique parcel of land in Alexander Valley to expand the operation. The property contained some sixteen acres of old vine Zinfandel that had been planted sometime during the 1920s and now houses White Oak’s new winery and tasting room, a splendid Mediterranean-inspired villa that Bill Myers designed and built almost by hand.
The new acquisition adds to White Oak’s 325-acre ranch in Sonoma’s Russian River Region that is planted entirely in Chardonnay and that produces unusually high-caliber fruit, and 420 acres in Napa Valley that is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec and Syrah.
Myer’s goal has been to do well even in a down economy. He has accomplished his goal and attributes this to to the fact that White Oak’s wines are perceived as exceptional values in that national and international marketplace.
Gold Medal features the White Oak Vineyards & Winery’s 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2005 Syrah for the most recent Gold Series wine club selection. We consider both of these wines excellent values.
Connoisseurs’ Guide awarded this Cabernet vintage 90 points and names it a ‘best buy’. Wine & Spirits awarded the 2005 Napa Valley Syrah 90 Points. The Syrah also received a Gold Medal from the Orange County Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition and an 88 from Connoisseurs’ Guide.
Gold Medal Wine Club is also offering the 2008 Chardonnay as a special selection wine. As a brand new release, when the 2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is sent out for review in the coming months, we are confident it will garner both the attention and accolades to match those of its popular predecessors.
“When we started in Healdsburg, there wasn’t any money for marketing or anything. It was simply word of mouth and most of our customers were from the local area. I realized that if I could make wines that impressed these people who had a whole assortment of wines and wineries to choose from, I might just be able to make it. Over the years I have made some incredible friends and they have enjoyed some remarkable wines.”
We hope our Gold Medal Wine Club members will enjoy these wines as much as we have. As always, we have a limited amount of these wines available for sale in our wine store . Whether you are a member or not, you can order White Oak wines at discount prices (deeper discounts are available for wine club members).
Enjoy and Cheers!
Friday, December 18th, 2009
It’s not too late to get your wine gifts delivered by Christmas. Gold Medal is offering a free shipping upgrade to ensure that your gift gets there on time.
We have five exciting wine clubs to choose from. They all make a great gift for that special someone in your life.
Monday, October 5th, 2009
Back in 1992, when the Gallup Poll first started asking consumers about their alcohol drinking habits just 27% of consumers preferred wine over beer. This trend has been steadily reversing. Beer drinking has been more or less steadily declining, while wine consumption continues to grow.
>Learning about wine can be an intimidating process and unlike beer, wine consumption requires that you know a bit about what you are drinking. Wine is a complex beverage which can enhance any dining experience if the wine/food pairing is correct. For novice wine drinkers, the task of learning about grapes, vintages, regions, wineries and pairings can be overwhelming. It doesn’t help that the choices are seemingly endless, there is an entire vocabulary that needs to be acquired. Historically there has been a bit of ‘snobbery’ associated with the knowledge of wine making the acquisition of knowledge sometimes uncomfortable.
Here at Gold Medal Wine Club, we love new wine drinkers, and we work hard to provide interesting, informative facts, tasting notes and musings with each wine shipment. In the comfort of your own home, you can taste our selections while reading about the wine, the winery, the wine region, and the grapes. Additionally, most of our wines now have video tasting notes that you can view on our website. Our staff collectively reviews each and every selection and provides to you notes on aromas and flavors to look for in each bottle. Each one of our newsletters contains enough information for you to get a sense of time, place and work that goes into the art of winemaking. After actively participating in tasting and reading for a few consecutive months, you will see trends emerge, start making connections and be on your way to becoming knowledgeable about wine.
Gold Medal Wine Club offers only the best of small-production, California wines from family-owned wineries whose passion is to produce award-winning bottles. What a better way to learn about wine than to drink a great bottle? A wine doesn’t win awards, or accolades without possessing superior qualities that most wine connoisseurs covet. Unlike mass produced wines that you might find in nearly every grocery or market, the wines we select are complex, and embody the exact qualities that experts expect from those particular varietals. You are learning with the best possible tools.
Gold Medal Wine Club has five different wine clubs. Our Gold Series is perfect for the new wine drinker or anyone looking for great boutique, hard-to-find wines. This series offers award-winning wines at an affordable price point and includes a rich and informative newsletter with each shipment.
Our Pinot Noir Series and Platinum Series offer award-winning, highly-sought after wines at a slightly higher price point. For any wine drinker, these clubs will offer some of California’s most outstanding wines also accompanied by a detailed information and tasting notes.
The International Series features the world’s best boutique wines. For this wine club, our newsletters include extensive information about the featured country and region for each selection.
And finally, our Diamond Series are upper-echelon wines all with 93+ ratings. This club has limited membership and is typically a great club for the wine collector.
If you or someone you know is becoming increasingly drawn to wine as your beverage of choice, we invite you to consider a Gold Medal Wine Club membership as a great way to enjoy award-winning wines while learning about wine. A wine club makes a great gift. Consider giving the gift of wine and wine knowledge to someone you love this holiday season.
Thursday, September 24th, 2009
This month’s Platinum Series features Round Pond Estate 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon and Crane Brothers’ 2005 Napa Valley Merlot, both from California’s Napa Valley.
Round Pond, named for a small pond in West Point, New York, was a favorite childhood spot for Robert MacDonnell, the owner of the Napa vineyards that produce Round Pond wines. His children, Miles and Ryan MacDonnell are responsible for bringing Round Pond Estate into the ranks of upper-echelon Napa Valley wine producers.
The MacDonnell family began acquiring Napa acreage in 1980 and sold their fruit to nearby wineries including Robert Mondavi, Beaulieu and Sterling Vineyards. In the 1990′s the family began producing a small amount of wine for themselves and as gifts for friends and family. In 2001, Miles decided to enter the family into the wine making business in earnest. Learning from the customers who had bought their grapes over the years, they honed their skills in choosing specific grapes to make each wine unique. Their first release in 2002 was well received by both the industry press and consumers alike.
The Round Pond Estate winery aims to remain small, producing just 4,500 cases this year. They pride themselves with keeping it ‘all in the family’. Miles manages the winery, his sister Ryan does marketing and sales, their mother Jannine runs the tasting facility and Robert consults on all decisions regarding the winery. Round Pond Winery was recently named One of the Top 20 to Watch: Exciting Cabernet Labels in Wine Spectator magazine.
The Round Pond Estate 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted sustainably from vineyard blocks of the winery’s finest fruit. The soil and climate in Rutherford region are known as the best possible for the production of California Cabernet’s. This wine was awarded 91 points from Wine Enthusiast, named one of the Top Ten Wines of 2008 by the San Francisco Chronicle and received a Double Gold Medal at the American Fine Wine Competition.
The Crane Family of Crane Ranch Vineyard are third generation Napa Valley residents and the first generation of their family to enter into the wine industry. Thirteen years ago they acquired nine acres in the Oak Knoll appellation in West Napa Valley and contracted their spectacular fruit to Stags Leap Winery. Like the MacDonnell family, they began producing wine for themselves, friends and family to rave reviews and much encouragement. Their first production for the general public appeared in 2001 receiving similar accolades.
Michael Crane believes that the success of his wines relies on the specificity with which he handles his vineyards, deliberately producing low yields for better fruit. He personally tends to his vineyards making sure the work is done correctly. “I treat our vines the very best way possible and they reward me by delivering spectacular fruit”, says Crane. He works with winemaker Al Perry, a 25 year veteran of Napa Valley wine making. Additionally, Crane Brothers’ wines are single-vineyard, estate-bottled allowing the Cranes to hit excellent price values that consumers are looking for.
The Crane Brothers plan to stay small in order to maintain attention to detail and control over quality. There were only 140 cases produced of this month’s wine of the month club offering: Crane Brothers 2005 Napa Valley Merlot. The wine received 91 points from Connoisseur’s Guide and 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. It is described as big, rich, complex and well balanced.
Gold Medal Wine Club hopes you enjoy these Platinum Series selections. The Platinum Series is our upper-level, ultra-premium wine club featuring wines rated 90 or higher.The Platinum Series also includes some pre-releases and exclusives made available to only our members.
As always, these wines are available for re-order in our wine store- with significant discounts for all members of each of our five wine clubs.
Please let us know what we thought of these wonderful Napa Valley wine selections.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
Yes, yes we know. Everyone is sick of hearing stories that begin with “In these tough economic times…..”. It has been a tough year for nearly everyone we know. Each of us has had to make some sacrifice, but we also need to remember that each of us has something to be grateful for as well. It is with this spirit of gratitude in mind that Gold Medal Wine Club invites you to start thinking about who you know that deserves a truly wonderful corporate gift this holiday season. It’s September now- it’s not too early to start thinking about it.
Perhaps you have an employee who graciously continued to work hard for you when she knew she wouldn’t be getting a raise this year. Maybe you have several clients who weathered out the storm with you and continued to send business your way to spite the economic crunch. What about that friend of yours who recommended your business to an acquaintance and it ended up turning into a large and profitable client? People like this are part of our lives and this year, more than ever before, they need to recognized.
Gold Medal Wine Club membership is a very special gift perfect for your employees, clients or good friends. Each month, Gold Medal selects two award-winning bottles of hard-to-find, boutique wines that make any day special. Your friends, colleagues, employees and clients will remember that you cared enough to give them a gift that keeps on giving-every month. These are no ordinary wines either. Most are not found in stores. They are small-production wines lovingly crafted by family-owned wineries. These are wines that have won awards, high marks or glowing accolades from highly respected wine critics.
Gold Medal offers special pricing and services for corporate gift giving. Volume discounts are available and shipments can be customized to meet your needs and budget. We have five different wine of the month clubs to choose from, for different palates and price points.
Why not enhance your corporate image and create instant goodwill? Give us a call (800-266-8888) or fill out our corporate gift form now to customize a wine club gift for all your favorite employees, friends and clients.
We would like to extend a thank you to all our wine club members. Your complete satisfaction with our wine selections, and willingness to recommend us to your friends and family has sustained us as America’s leading wine club since 1992. We are very grateful.
“I work at The DiCarlo Group in Atlanta with Laura Cegala. I’ve worked with
the owner of the agency–Tim DiCarlo–for almost 10 years. We have
represented Food & Wine magazine for about five years. As a surprise gift,
Tim signed me up for the two bottles of wine a month program.
My husband and I love all the wines we have had so far! Just the idea of
knowing we will get a new delivery every month is fun. We enjoy reading
about and sharing the wine with our friends. My husband was so impressed,
he has asked me for your website and plans to give the same gift to business
clients of his.
Just wanted to share with you how much we are enjoying Gold Medal Wine Club.”
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
“We consider wine the sixth food group…” says Andrew Phipps of Phipps Family Cellars. It is this type of reverence for wine and the wine making process that makes the Phipps Family Cellars 2006 Zinfandel an exceptional wine and one of the selections for this month’s Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series. Phipps Family Cellars is located in Napa and is produces a very small quantity of wine each year. Their initial release in 2004 yielded just 310 cases. Even though they are really small, the industry’s appreciation of its wines has been nothing short of magnificent. Excellent reviews and high scores have vaulted the tiny winery into the ultra boutique category that is a testament to their skill and commitment. “I personally feel that wine is one of man’s greatest achievements and the result of really hard work. For that reason, the appreciation of wine should be extremely high for everyone involved” added Phipps.
The 2006 Zinfandel is sourced from the Treborce Vineyard of Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma, California. Mr. Phipps describes the process behind making this particular wine in a personal note to all Platinum Series members: “Once in the winery, we ran the clusters of grapes through our crusher-destemmer before cold-soaking the grapes and juice for 48 hours prior to fermentation. The wine was then aged in a combination of American French and Hungarian oak barrels for 22 months before bottling in August of 2008. The wine was then aged for 12 months in the bottle. It is now in it’s finished state.” This small-production (only 355 cases) Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel was awarded a stunning 94 points by Wine Enthusiast.
The second selection, a 2005 Soñador Cabernet Sauvignon from Soñador Cellars owned by medical professionals and wine aficianados Sergio Gonzalez and Maria Morales-Gonzalez and their friends Doug and Sue Gallagher. In addition to running a busy medical practice in Miami, the Gonzalezes travel to Napa to perform most of the work to produce their wines. The Gallaghers are involved with marketing the wine. The couples have established long-term contracts for ultra-quality fruit from growers in Napa returning to help winemaker Bruce Devlin pick the grapes, and bottle and finish the wine. The 2005 Cabernet is the fifth release from Soñador and has received 93 points from Wine News and 90 from Wine Spectator. Sonador only produces one wine and it seems to get better with each vintage release.
Both of these outstanding wines are available for re-order by calling 1-800-266-8888 or visiting the wine store on our website.
Throughout the year, we have the opportunity to buy superb wines worthy of your attention but with availability too scarce to share with all members. We call this our Plus! Program. For the Platinum Series this month, the featured Plus! bottle is the Ilsley Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. Ilsley has been producing grapes for some of the finest wineries in Napa for three generations. Ilsley’s wines have consistently garnered 92+ point scores, establishing the venture as one of the great ultra-boutique wineries. The 2005 is no exception-awarded 94 points by Wine Enthusiast.
We hope you enjoy these exceptional, ultra-boutique offerings from Napa. Please let us know what you thought of the wines by commenting here, or rate the wine in the Judge the Wines section of our site.
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
One of this month’s Gold Series selections comes to us from Paso Robles Winery, a venture owned and operated by two Swiss expatriates Hans Nef and Hans Michel (pronounced Mikel) that developed as a result of the pair’s long-term association in agricultural-related business endeavors. Both grew up in Swiss farming families. “I learned at an early age to appreciate the role of agr iculture in our family’s lives, and of its importance to everyone’s existence.” says Michel. Upon meeting, they immediately formed Paso Robles as a grape producing company. Over the course of several years, they planted more vineyards and decided to develop Paso Robles into a major winery entity. “I want Vina Robels to express a unique blend of European heritage and American opportunity,” remarked Nef. “As individuals, the principles of Vina Robles are rooted in the Old World. As winemakers, we are inspired by the New World. But both worlds bring value to what we do, and we endeavor to capture this distinction in our wines.”
The growth rate for Vina Robles started slowly, and has remained steady in recent years. The new 14,000 square foot state-of-the-art tasting room and hospitality center recently opened on Highway 46 East in Paso Robles. It sits nearby Vina Robles’ three existing vineyards and boasts a unique balance of modern luxury and old world charm. Nef and Michel both credit their success to a number of key factors, including their Swiss winemaker, Matthias Gubler, who has carefully orchestrated all of the growth associated with Vina Robles. Brought aboard in 1999, Gubler brought an incredible winemaking resume that included stints in Switzerland, France and Italy, as well as an earlier role as harvest worker with Brutocao Cellars in Northern California’s Mendocino County.
Vina Robles 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from Paso Robles’ Huerhuero Vineyard on the east side of the expansive Central Coast appellation. Awarded 4 Stars by Restaurant Wine Online and named a Best Buy with 88 Points by Robert Whitely of Wine Talk at San Diego Union Tribune, this Cabernet Sauvignon is very characteristic of Paso Robles, showing lovely soft red fruit and an alluring floral characteristic with impressive potential to age well. Vina Robles’ 2005 Cabernet is also Recommended with 3 Stars from Decanter magazine.
Please enjoy this month’s Gold Series shipment and let us know what you think of the Vina Robles 2005 Cabernet.
Friday, May 29th, 2009
When we get feedback on the wines we select, it helps Gold Medal Wine Club better serve you. Please take a minute to let us know what you think.
Thursday, May 7th, 2009
For Father’s Day, finding a thoughtful gift that will be truly appreciated is challenging for even the most adept gift-givers. There’s always the danger of cliché. Who wants to give Dad a tie, even if he wears them every day? The golf stuff and the fishing paraphernalia is so overdone that it’s practically a joke. Inevitably the Father’s Day gift often times ends up being a token with no real meaning. Dad probably doesn’t expect more, but he deserves more.
What makes a good gift? Perhaps something he could savor? Something he would look forward to using? Something that fits easily within the life he is living- not one that reminds him of the life he might like to lead, but can’t find the time. Something that makes him feel special? Something hard to find? Unique? The perfect gift would be something that brings joy, grants him a new experience, perhaps teaches him something and allows him to dream. It should be easy to use or challenge him, depending on his mood. Finding this type of gift might seem impossible. It’s not.
You can give a gift that achieves all these goals by giving a wine of the month club from Gold health aid pharmacy Medal Wine Club. Unlike other wine clubs, Gold Medal chooses only award winning wines virtually guaranteeing a quality taste and unforgettable experience. These wines are rarely found in stores and are made by small, boutique wineries and vineyards. Every month, Dad can receive a shipment of two of these highly coveted wines. The delivery arrives beautifully packaged and gift wrapped accompanied by “The Wine Press”, a publication describing the wine, the winery, the vineyard, the winemaker, with recipe suggestions and tasting notes. Each month, Dad can create a whole experience surrounding his unique gift. Perhaps he’ll even invite you over for dinner to share a great meal with some great wine.
Gold Medal Wine Club has been in business since 1992 and has the reputation as one of the leading wine clubs in the world. Whether Dad is already a wine aficionado, a connoisseur in training, or if he simply enjoys a nice bottle of wine, there is a Gold Medal Wine Club series that’s right for him. There are five exciting wine club series to choose from with the Gold Series starting at only $34 a month. The Platinum and Diamond Series feature 90 and 93+ rated wines. The best of the world’s wines can be sampled with the International Series, and the Pinot Noir Series is great for those who love the light red qualities of the Pinot grape.
Place your order now and your gift will surely arrive in time for Father’s Day. Each wine selection has received multiple medals or accolades from major wine competitions and is a special and unique gift that Dad will receive, appreciate and enjoy every month. It’s thoughtful, unique and satisfying. It is the perfect gift.