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Snooth User: jamessulis

I quit my wine club

Posted by jamessulis, Apr 27, 2010.

I signed up to a wine club for to receive wines monthly, these were mostly California wines. I was getting 6 bottles every month, I was a member for 8 months. Then I joined Snooth and started looking around the website and reading everything that was available. Trying to track my monthly purchases through Snooth's search engine, sadly I could not find the origins of my monthly shipments.   Being quite active reading Snooth, traveling to some of the local wineries here in the Portland, Oregon and Washington State areas, I discovered that I can get delicious wines by tasting first, then purchasing a wine that I really enjoy . I won't mention the wine club I belonged to but they obviously bought bulk, bottled it themselves or through contract, slapped a label on it and sent it to me. I know that this practice can be a good thing in some of the higher priced wiine clubs but this one averaged 12 dollars a bottle which included shipping.  Now, I'm not saying that the wine was inferior either, some of it was quite good both Reds and Whites . But I really wanted to know the history and the details on what I was purchasing.  So I quit the monthly wine club knowing that the knowledge that I get from reading here on Snooth has and  will give me the ability to purchase on my own and be more satsfied.  I have bought wine presented on Snooth website and been thrilled at the amazing results.  

Bravo Snooth and all her staff and contributers,

 I think I'll read another article for an Encore

Lefty -The Great Pacific Northwest


Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 27, 2010.

Lefty, this is the type of story I really enjoy reading. I hope Snooth continues to be of value to you!

Reply by outthere, Apr 27, 2010.

Yeah Lefty, I joined a wine club about 15 years ago. they promised 'Great Finds from Small Wineries'. 

What I expected and what I received were two completely different things. Few of the wines were even drinkable. None of them were in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino or even San Luis Counties. Everything was from Madera, Lodi, Fresno, Modesto... all the central valley towns known more for their produce than winemaking.

I have found that the best club is the one attached to your favorite winery. Get on some mailing lists and enjoy the wines that you truly like rather than obscure bottlings from even more obscure sources.

Congratulations on your liberation.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 28, 2010.

That's awesome Lefty.


It takes a leap of faith to trust your palate to guide but once you've made that move wonderful things start to ha[[en!


It's only the begining of a wonderful trip!

Reply by GregT, Apr 28, 2010.

Yep!  Not to knock the club, whatever it was, but you're doing things exactly right IMHO.

Reply by MarkAse, Apr 29, 2010.

Not all wine clubs are cut from the same cloth so the speak.  The one thing we constantly hear from wineries that we speak with, is that many simply aren't interested in building relationships, they're looking for one good deal and then moving on.

I'm constantly amazed that clubs aren't willing to share what exact wines they ship each and every month, I have a hard time even thinking of another business where that model is acceptable.

I have heard from someone that I can't directly name that one of the major online wine clubs is actually owned by a winery and that almost 2/3rds of what they ship are bulk grapes bottled under different labels specifically for their club.  I can't speak to the truth of the rumor, but it wouldn't surprise me.

James-if you ever look for another wine club, I hope you'll keep mine in mind.  Although we don't work in the $12 per bottle range, I think we've done a better job building relationships with special wineries then most of our competitors.

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