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This Wine Club is rated 5 stars

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Uncorked Ventures' "Special Selection" is indeed special. We love the careful mix of "big scores" and "unique finds" they feature in this club.

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We're quite impressed with most of the past selections from Uncorked Ventures, especially as they include some of our favorite West Coast wine-growing regions.


We'd love to see more content on their website to talk about their wine-selection process, some of the awesome stories from the road, and even their monthly newsletter.

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Looking for something you’ll never experience somewhere else? This could be the wine club for you.

There’s so little information available on the Uncorked Ventures website that we engaged in a lengthy email discussion with the owners to get a better sense of what this wine club is all about. And we’re SO glad we did. You know how wine-lovers are often on the hunt for the rare-find or the hidden-gem? Well we think Uncorked Ventures is the hidden-gem among wine clubs.

“Our Special Selections Club is the one where we show more impressive bottles simply in terms of score.” But there are also special unrated wines going out in this wine club... like first vintages of wines from amazing winemakers and new releases on wines that sold out the year before. When we took a look at their list of “Big Scores” though, we knew immediately that this is an excellent wine club. We’ve tasted wine at Alta Colina (each wine was a new joyous experience and some were even sublime), we’ve had wines from K Vintners and others from the Wahluke Slope in Washington State while visiting Walla Walla, and Garys’ Vineyard (as in, Gary Pisoni) has been producing fantastic top-rated wines for more than 10 years. We KNOW these are excellent wines and we’re looking forward to see what Uncorked Ventures turns up next!

If this hasn’t convinced you why you want to choose this wine club, you should also know that Uncorked Ventures will honor any reasonable request one could ask of their wine club. This essentially means unparalleled customization options to suit your needs.

Last Updated: 10/8/2010

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We haven't received any actual wine club shipments from Uncorked Ventures Special Selection Wine Club, however they did send us a few bottles to try that are representative of their wine club. For the Special Selection Wine Club we received a bottle of 2007 Emerson Brown Cabernet Sauvignon from the Oakville District in Napa.

When we first drank the bottle we mistakenly thought it was from the Wine Exploration Club rather than the Special Selection Wine Club and were amazed by the quality of wine available for that price (around $20). We're not typically fans of Napa Cabernet both because of the "dusty" taste on the palate (we prefer fruit-forward wines around here) and because of the prices. It's easier to find a Cabernet from Alexander Valley in neighboring Sonoma for 2/3 the price or less of an equivalent quality Napa Cabernet.

When we checked back in with our Special Selection Wine Club Newsletter, we realized we were drinking the Special Selection Wine Club bottle it gave us pause. Is it worth it around $50? Considering how Napa wines are priced and how much we liked this wine despite a general aversion to Napa we think yes. Not satisfied with our own taste buds as the guide, we checked around the web, too. This wine, of which only 294 cases were produced, is available starting at $49.95 at various stores online and sells for as high as $65.99. Release price from the winery is $50.

Most importantly, when assessing a Premium wine club, we want to know if the wines are somehow special. In this case, a limited quantity wine from a respected winery making their wine from exceptional fruit makes this wine count as special—to us that means Uncorked Ventures is delivering on their promise and we're glad we've gotten to know them.

Last updated: 10/18/2010

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