As much as I enjoy a good bottle of wine, I'm really not all that comfortable with walking into a store and choosing a bottle to take home on my own. The huge selection easily overwhelms me, and I usually have one or more kids nagging me to hurry up, so I end up just quickly grabbing something -- anything. And sometimes it's a winner, but just as often, it's nothing special...
So when the California Wine Club contacted me to ask if I'd be interested in trying their Wine of the Month Club, I was all for it! A few weeks later, a Premier Series package containing two bottles of wine, one red and one white, arrived on my doorstep.
I received two award-winning vintages from the Ca' Momi Winery located in Napa Valley. Along with every Premier Series delivery, you also receive an issue of Uncorked, which is a complete guide to the current month's selection, detailing the winery itself, as well as specific facts about the wines in your delivery.
I really appreciated that it not only tells me what aromas and palate to expect with each wine, but it also lists what foods they each pair well with and the hold time (the timeframe you should plan to drink the wine within).
I enjoy reds and whites equally depending on my given mood, so I was looking forward to trying the Ca' Momi 2010 Napa Valley Rosso di Napa. This particular wine has won numerous gold and silver medals and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah.
I could definitely detect the hints of plum and raspberry mentioned in the guide. This is a great wine to savor in the evening, but the guide also mentions that it pairs well with pastas and barbecue fare.
I also loved the crisp, citrus notes in the Ca' Momi 2011 Napa Valley Bianco di Napa. The guide states that this blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Muscato pairs well with fish and chicken dishes, but I think it would be perfect to sip on by itself on a hot summer night. Even with the Muscato, this wine is the perfect balance of not overly sweet and being deliciously refreshing.
I learned a lot about the California Wine Club by watching the short video above. I think it's wonderful that the Borings, founders of the California Wine Club, have chosen to focus on small wineries that take a lot of pride in their product. Since small wineries often have very little time and budget for marketing or distribution, it's a total win-win situation.
Bruce Boring talks quite a bit about how he and his wife select the wines to ship to their members. Using a 20-point system, they're always looking for the best possible wines that they can find. They evaluate each wine in a neutral area, away from the influence or expectations of the producers, and asses the aroma, color, and initial taste and feel, among other criteria. Only wines that taste excellent and have a certain wow factor are considered for the club.
As Gerri Becker, Operations Director of the California Wine Club says, "It has nothing to do with what's on the outside of the bottle and everything to do with what's on the inside of it. So it absolutely comes down to taste."
I'm so excited to share that the California Wine Club is giving me the opportunity to share a 3-month membership to their Premier Series club with one lucky Unsophisticook reader! Note that CaWC ships to the US only, including HI and AK, and you must be 21 years old to win.
Oh, and before I forget, CaWC has provided a couple of discount codes for ALL of my readers! These are good through 5/22/14:
- Club25 -- good for $25 off your first box (or a case or gifts!)
- Club4for2 -- double your membership, 4 bottles for the price of two
Follow the instructions in the widget below to be entered to win...
Deep thoughts on The California Wine Club
In their ongoing effort to distinguish themselves, the folks at The California Wine Club reached out to a savvy group of wine, food, and entertaining bloggers for their takes on The Club. They packaged up their California wines, shipped them throughout the country...and then braced themselves for candor.
The following posts are the result of the blogger campaign. Read on for the thoughtful reviews and brilliant ideas on how to really enjoy a California Wine Club subscription -- from cork-removal, to cheese pairings, to giveaways, The Club and these bloggers have you covered. Enjoy:
- Is The California Wine Club The Wine Club For You? by Matthew of A Good Time with Wine
- Host a California Wine & Cheese Party with the CA Wine Club (Giveaway) by Vijay of NoshOn.It
- Wine Tasting #FNICHAT with California Wine Club 4/28 PLUS A Giveaway #WineWednesday by Kimberly of The Hungry Goddess
- My California Wine Club Premier Series Shipment + Giveaway by Tara of Unsophisticook
- California Wine Club + Giveaway by Kris of Young Married Chic
This post is brought to you by the California Wine Club. All opinions are 100% mine.