Best International Wine Clubs List
Exclusive wines from around the world and an Adventure Package of tasty treats and other goodies to take you on a worldwide journey without leaving your living room.
It's hard to compare a wine club that includes extra goodies to one that doesn't, because come on, most wine lovers love food, too! The fact that you can't get these wines from any other company in the U.S. doesn't hurt either.
We don't have any suggestions for what to improve within the International Series wine club. Yay!
We've been reviewing Gold Medal wine club for more than five years. Without a moment's hesitation we can say that they have the most consistently excellent wine club. They have an extraordinary expectation of wowing their customers—and their customers' lucky gift recipients.
This is the first time we've had the pleasure of reviewing a shipment of their International Series wine club... and we got exactly what we were hoping for.
I am both an adventurous eater (though nothing alive, please) an adventurous wine drinker. I also have wanderlust. So... naturally a wine club which features a different food-and-wine region around the world each shipment is right up my alley. This shipment's featured region is Portugal!
As you can see below, this wine club comes with three wines and an assortment of food-lovers snacks. I've already tucked into everything that came in the box, except the honey. I'm still dreaming up ways to enjoy it. I especially loved the hot-sauce because it's such a different way to approach something than the way Americans and Mexicans do—same heat and flavor, but without all that vinegar.
But what about the wine? Isn't it all about the wine?
The wines in this shipment were as much a delight as the food. The shipment features three wines from a winery called Quinta da Pedra Alta in Douro, one of Portugals most famous wine regions. There were two reds and a white to explore. The white, Branco Reserva, was light and very food friendly. It had very little fruit and a unique minerality I haven't encountered in other European whites. I enjoyed the adventure very much.
The red wines are also exciting adventures. I especially enjoyed the Tinto, a blend of 50% Touriga Nacional, 20% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz, and 15% Tinta Barroca.
The International Series from Gold Medal comes with its own magazine called "Taste the Adventure." By far the most educational of Gold Medal's different wine club inserts, I learned so much about Portugal, it's history, it's economy, and it's food and wine! They also included delightful recipes paired for these specific wines.
One of our favorite things about the Gold Medal wine club is how they really push hard on quality, but also on rewarding their loyal club members. Find a wine you love in this shipment? You can order more at further members-only discounted prices.
And of course, like any proper wine club, there are no sign-up fees and you can cancel any time.
The International Series takes you on an incredible tasting journey around the globe to discover ultra-premium wines from some of the great, hidden wine country estates. These wines are virtually impossible to find! Each quarterly shipment (Mar, Jun, Sept, and Dec) features a different country. Three specially selected wines (two different reds and one white) are included in every shipment!
Add the Gourmet Adventure Package to your International wine shipments! ...for only $24.95
Last Updated: 11/08/2014