Is The California Wine Club The Wine Club For You?

With Mother’s Day around the corner, you could get mom a gift of visiting California, so she could enjoy wine country. Or, you could bring wine country to mom, giving the gift of wine from small boutique CA wineries. For the past 23 years, husband and wife Bruce and Pam Boring visit the smaller wineries in California, creating relationships, so they can bring boutique wine country to you in convenient, monthly shipments! The California Wine Club  not only offers great wine club options, they’ve provided me with great coupons for wine discounts, as well as a giveaway for one lucky reader!

Welcome to The California Wine Club - perfect mother's day gift

Welcome to The California Wine Club

I am a firm believer that wine lovers need to travel to the source more frequently. You develop a bond with the land, the grapes, and the people who make the wine. You learn more about what you do and do not like about wine. Additionally, it creates an amazing experience to relate when you open a bottle to share with friends. However, if you can’t travel to find great wines, the next best thing is joining a wine club that travels for you!

I was skeptical when asked if I were willing to receive samples of wines from the The California Wine Club for a sponsored blog post. I don’t belong to any wine clubs, though I have in the past. I feel as a Sommelier, I’m happier picking out wine from my own travels. I feared I would have a hard time finding something good to write about the club, especially as previous clubs have sent poor quality bulk wine, not worth the effort expended to remove the cork. It turns out, however, that Bruce and Pam Boring are on to something with their California Wine Club, which has been their passion for the last 23 years.

The theory behind The California Wine Club is simple, and one I previously considered as a business model! Pam and Bruce visit smaller wineries in California with the goal of finding great wines that don’t have the distribution to make it out to you. They develop relationship with the winemakers and owners, and try to select excellent wines to send to you monthly. They have five different club options, starting with the Premier Series for $39.99, as well as the Signature Series, International Series, The Aged Cabernet Series, and the Pacific Northwest series. I was given samples of the Aged Cabernet Series, with a club price of $150 to $235, which offers “prestigious Cabernets aged 8-12 years.”

Ancient Cab Selections from the California Wine Club

Ancient Cab Selections

The wines I received were Martin Ray 1993 and Delectus 2002. The condition of the bottles were good, and I trust they were stored properly. The cork on the older, 21 year old wine was fine, and a corkscrew worked perfectly. The younger 2002 cork was spongy and brittle, and the screw killed it. I did not have an “Ah So”, and wish I did. The reading material that comes with the wines explains how to care for your wine, such as standing it upright prior to serving to let the sediment settle, as well as using an “Ah So” for the delicate corks. Determined to drink my wine, I used cheese cloth and filtered the Delectus into a decanter, though a coffee filter would have been great to get the crumbled cork out of my way!

Ancient Cab Sections - Martin Ray 1993 and Delectus 2002 from California Wine Club

Ancient Cab Sections – Martin Ray 1993 and Delectus 2002

I loved how much care was paid to the details with the wine shipment. For example, a color pamphlet explained to origin of the wines, as well as the tasting notes at the time of bottling versus what to expect now! They offered food pairing ideas, which were spot on. I think Pam and Bruce Boring do a great job trying to find the lesser known gems for their club members. They produced a video called The Hunted, which explains a bit about them and their mission. I recommend reading through their site, to learn more about the club options, which have expanded to other regions of the US, and the world, to find wine to tempt your palate! I for one support the mission, and think The California Wine Club is a great gift idea!

Now on to the great gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Thanks to California Wine Club,  #FNICHAT and @CookingWCaitlin, I am pleased to offer you two GREAT coupons to bring gifts of  The California Wine Club  to your mom, mother-in-law, or just to use for yourself. Simply visit the  The California Wine Club and use the following codes, good until May 22, 2014:
Club25: This is good for $25 off your first box (or a case or gifts!)
Club4for2: Double your membership: 4 bottles for the price of two

That is all you need to give a great Mother’s Day gift, while saving a little money! Who said being frugal prevents you from giving a great gift?!

Also, Please join us for a very special virtual Wine Tasting #FNIChat on Monday April 28th, just in time for Mother’s Day!

Now, the giveaway, where ONE winner will receive a 3-month subscription to The California Wine Club Premier Series, a $154 value! There are a few simple things you need to do in order to be entered in the giveaway. First, the giveaway is open to US residents only, and you must be 21 years or older. The giveaway starts Weds April 23rd and is over Mon April 28th. One winner will be selected at random on Tuesday April 29th. You can do just one, or all of the things to get entries into the giveaway, and some you can do multiple times! Additionally, several other bloggers are reviewing and giving away their own California Wine Club Premier Series prize, so be sure to visit them. I’ll link to each of them after the contest rules!

1 – Tweet the following (you can tweet 1 per day from 4/23 through 4/28), simply click this to tweet or copy and paste the following exactly: I entered a #wine giveaway from @cawineclub & @cookingwcaitlin! Visit @mmwine’s blog for your chance to win

2 – Leave a comment below, sharing who you’d give a gift of wine to!
3 – Follow Matthew Horbund on Twitter – @mmwine
4 – Follow The California Wine Club on Twitter – @cawineclub
5 – Like A Good Time With Wine on Facebook

6 – Like  Like The California Wine Club on Facebook!
7 – Follow The California Wine Club on Pinterest
8 – Pin the above photo of the 2 wine bottles

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Be sure to check out the other bloggers who are doing their own giveaways of The California Wine Club Premier Series memberships!

The California Wine Club

The California Wine Club


Do you belong to any wine clubs? Leave a comment below, and let me know your thoughts!

The following was written up by the team of Cooking With Caitlin, and I thought it tied together the group that tried out the club nicely!

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:

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21 thoughts on “Is The California Wine Club The Wine Club For You?

  1. Triston Bennett says:

    This sounds amazing. I love wine and have thought about joining a wine club.. Perfect gift idea for myself.. Sorry I love wine that much lol

  2. I’m going to have to say if I win I’m keeping it for myself… Ahem. ;) Hey, I’m the Easter Bunny for the kids, the hubby, and me, I’m also Santa for the kids, hubby and me…so why not get something special for myself for Mother’s Day? Seems only fair. :) Thanks for the giveaway – and the reminder on Twitter to enter! :)

  3. Wonderful article love California wines, you have a great site Matthew!

  4. Had to pin a different image as the one selected has been coded by Pinterest as spammy =( You might want to review. Saludos!

  5. hmm, i wonder how it can be coded as spammy, considering I took it, and it’s never been posted anywhere before!! Thank you for the info, I’ll have to look into it ASAP!

  6. I think this is the perfect gift for myself.

  7. I agree with everyone else. Sorry, Mom. I love ya, but I’m keeping the wine…

  8. Rashmi Primlani says:

    This one would be an ideal edition for my Level II CMS Prep, Sante!

  9. Hmm, to whom would I give this if I won? Is self-gifting allowed? Well, I suppose this could be my wife’s mother’s day present, and hope that she’d share :)

  10. […] often quite a celebrated experience to sip wines with 5 or 10 or more years of age on them. When I reviewed The California Wine Club, I did not get into the details of their Ancient Cabernet series. I felt discussing aged wines […]

  11. Myself? :) Or my boyfriend, he loves wine too and might share it with me!

  12. There’s nothing wrong with Self-Gifting :) Than you can share with your wife ….

  13. Absolutely! Study Material!

  14. Makes perfect sense to me!

  15. Sure, you work hard… :)

  16. I would give to to yourself, and share with him …

  17. The Easter Bunny deserves wine! Absolutely!

  18. Kasey Clark says:

    I would share the wine with my mother-in-law. She is such a blessing in my life, and we always bond over a little vino!

  19. Ray Ray Cartucci says:

    I would share this with my sister….we have regular wine meetings. Thanks

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