Wine Clubs FAQ

June 16, 2016

What is a wine club?
How do wine clubs work?
How to choose the best wine club?
What are the benefits of joining a wine club?
Is membership free?
How to cancel wine club membership?
When do I receive wine?
What if I don’t like my order?
Can I skip a delivery?
Can I send wine to somebody else?
Are there clubs with exclusively white or red wine?
Do wine clubs make their own wines?
How much does a bottle of wine weigh?
Does wine freeze?
What’s the best temperature for serving wine?
Does wine expire?
Is wine acidic?
How much alcohol does wine contain?
Are sparkling wines the same as champagne?
What are the most popular American wines?

 

What is a wine club?

Wine clubs are delivery services designed to bring carefully selected bottles of wine to your doorstep. Some of them have their own wineries, but most of them cooperate with both big and small winemakers from all over the globe. Experts from wine clubs usually choose wines for you, but you can also do it on your own.

How do wine clubs work?

Wine clubs deliver wine to your home monthly, every other month or quarterly. Most clubs have different memberships that offer different wines and different subscription packages. It’s usually necessary to join one of the clubs your wine club offers and wait for your delivery. The subscriber has to be older than 21, as well as the person who receives the wine when it arrives at your home.

How to choose the best wine club?

Most wine clubs allow you to choose wines according to your personal preferences and requirements. All important information can be found online, so you can contact your chosen club’s customer support and check the details.

If you prefer red wine, for example, then find a wine club that has the option of delivering only boxes of reds. Go through the wine cards before subscribing and find out whether certain wine club offers the vintages you like. Also, it’s very important to check the delivery areas and confirm that the club you like delivers to your state.

What are the benefits of joining a wine club?

First of all, you can save time by joining a wine club. Instead of going to a store and trying to find the wine you like, a wine club delivers it to your doorstep.

Second, most wine clubs hire sommeliers who select the most exquisite vintages for their customers. You can taste some prime wines as a member of a wine club.

Third, you can save money. Wine clubs provide the finest wines at the most reasonable prices because they work together with winemakers.

Fourth, you can surprise a wine lover with an excellent gift and send it directly to their home.

Is membership free?

Membership is free with most wine clubs. However, there are some clubs that charge for membership, but offer discounts for their members in return.

Membership fee information can easily be found on the website of your chosen club, so you can simply go online and check whether the club you’re interested has free or paid membership. You can also contact customer support service and ask them anything you need to know.

How to cancel wine club membership?

It depends on the wine club, but it’s often possible to cancel the subscription by simply accessing your account or by contacting customer support service.

When do I receive wine?

Almost all wine clubs deliver wine monthly. Most also offer bi-monthly and/or quarterly delivery.

What if I don’t like my order?

If you are not satisfied with your order, you can get a replacement or refund, depending on the club.

Can I skip a delivery?

Yes, you can. It’s important to inform your wine club on time that you want to skip your delivery because your boxes are sometimes shipped two weeks before you get them.

Can I send wine to somebody else?

Yes. Wine clubs offer various gift options for their members. You can select a wine you want to send or let the experts from your wine club do it for you. Gift boxes are usually enriched with personal notes, so you can write a nice message for your loved one too.

Are there clubs with exclusively white or red wine?

Although most wine clubs are mixed clubs, there are clubs that deliver exclusively reds or exclusively whites. Many mixed clubs allow you to order only reds or only whites as well.

Do wine clubs make their own wines?

There are some wine clubs that make their own wines, like Winc, formerly known as Club W. If you like domestic wines, this kind of club may be ideal for you.

How much does a bottle of wine weigh?

A regular bottle of wine would be a 750ml bottle. These bottles contain about 2lbs of wine. When you add the weight of the glass and cork, one wine bottle commonly weighs about 3-3.5lbs.

Does wine freeze?

Yes, wine freezes because the percentage of water in wine is very high. It freezes at about 15 to 20 degrees F, so be careful when storing it in a freezer. If the wine freezes, it expands and the bottle can easily crack.

What’s the best temperature for serving wine?

It depends on the sort of wine you’re serving. Sparkling wines are best when served ice cold, which would be at 40 to 50 F. White wines should be served cold at 50 to 60 degrees and red wines at 60 to 70 degrees F.

Does wine expire?

If you store an unopened bottle of wine properly, it can last for years and it will be in perfect condition when you open it. On the other hand, opened wines expire quite fast, so you should avoid keeping them around for long. Once opened, wine can spoil in 3 to 5 days. However, you don’t have to worry that you’ll get poisoned – spoiled wine isn’t dangerous, it’s just not tasty anymore.

Is wine acidic?

Most wines you drink contain acid, which is important for the exquisite taste wine can have. The level of acidity depends on the type of grape that’s used. Red wines tend to be less acidic than whites.

How much alcohol does wine contain?

Wine can contain anywhere between 5.5% and 20% alcohol, depending on the quality of wine, the process of winemaking, and the climate where the grape is grown.

White wines contain the lowest percentage of alcohol. Sparkling wines usually contain about 12%, followed by reds going up to 16%. Sherry and vermouth contain 20% alcohol.

Are sparkling wines the same as champagne?

Champagne is a sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wines are champagne. Champagne is a kind of white sparkling wine which is produced exclusively in the Champagne region in France. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else aren’t champagne.

It’s not commonly known that sparkling wines can also be red, like Australian Shiraz or Italian Brachetto.

What are the most popular American wines?

The most popular American wines are produced in California. So, there are various wines from Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Walla Walla Valley on the very top of the list.

Americans tend to enjoy red wine more since the most popular vintages are those of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Melbury Red. Chardonnay is making its way toward the top of the list, so it’s safe to say that it is the most popular white wine in the USA at the moment.

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