Best Wine Clubs for Dad
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France is often thought of as the ancestral home of wine, but it’s not. The earliest known winemaking region is within the modern borders of the country of Georgia. Regardless, France has certainly become the most famous wine-growing country in the world, with a great diversity of wine regions beyond just Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne.
You might think that with French wine’s astounding reputation and widespread winemaking industry, there would be an abundance of French wine subscriptions for Americans, but there aren’t! Here are my recommended wine subscriptions for French wine lovers and explorers.
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If Bordeaux and Burgundy seem intimidating, but you’re not excited about Louis Jadot and anonymous French wine from the grocery store, you must try SomMailier. A play on words (your sommelier by mail), this wine club has deep roots in Bordeaux winemaking and imports unique selections at relatively affordable prices.
I’ve received a total of nine wines from SomMailier and every one of them has been an interesting exploration into a new-to-me region, grape, or style. The founder, Laurent Yung, only works with small family chateaux in France and provides just enough wine education to get you interested, but not so much as to overwhelm you.Next Club
Meant for Bon Vivants, this delightful sparkling wine subscription hails from France. Le Grand Courtage makes three French wines — Sparkling Brut, Sparkling Rosé, and still Rosé labeled Tres Chic. The bubblies are unique blends from all over France and the Rosé is a Pays D’oc IGP.
I’ve tasted through the line-up and while I wasn’t amazed by these wines, they’re nice quality, pretty decent value as they’re quite affordable, and low alcohol (sparkling wines are 11.5% and the still rosé is 12.5%) for days when you don’t need a ton. Mix and match sparkling and still for the subscription of your choice, be ready for any occasion, and find your inner bon vivant!Next Club
Le Grand Courtage
For an affordable view into the world of Bordeaux, I recommend the Bordeaux Series from The Original Wine of the Month Club. Each region in Bordeaux has their own rules about how their blends must be produced (some are Cab-dominant, some are Merlot-dominant), but every red Bordeaux has Cabernet Sauvignon in it. A recent shipment included a Chateau Pey La Tour (84% Merlot) and a Chateau Bernadotte (mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a bit of Petit Verdot).Next Club
The Bordeaux Series
For the Champagne lover, it’s worth checking out Henri’s Reserve. Henri specializes in “grower Champagne.” This is how the industry refers to small, family chateaux in Champagne who grow and produce their own Champagne (as opposed to large wineries like Veuve Clicquot and Moet & Chandon who source fruit from many vineyards they don’t own). You might think of the Champagne as “boutique.”
Each shipment contains two bottles of Champagne (both bottles in each shipment are the same as each other, but new in each shipment). This subscription makes a great gift, too.
Henri’s Reserve Champagne Club
Not all wine clubs suitable for French wine lovers call themselves French Wine Clubs. Some wine clubs are personalized in such a way that you can make them into any kind of wine subscription you want. Three such wine clubs are perfect for imbibers of the juice from France — Picked by Wine.com, Nakedwines.com, and Organic Wine Exchange.
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A totally customizable wine club, you provide your preferences via a quiz and a free-form text entry, and a human sommelier handpicks your shipments accordingly. You can set your per-bottle price from an average of $20 to an average of $40. This won’t be enough to indulge in much Grand Cru Burgundy or Premier Cru Bordeaux, but there is plenty of excellent French wine produced around the country at more reasonable price points.
Your subscription can be handled in two ways. If you don’t yet know what you like, you can ask the sommeliers at Wine.com to introduce you to regional classic styles, because maybe you like Loire Valley Chenin Blanc or Provencal Rosé but you just don’t know it yet. Maybe you want to get a better handle on what makes a Pouilly-Fuisse different from a Chablis? Your personal sommelier can help you.
You can also be very specific about what you know you like. For example, if you like Left Bank Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant Bordeaux, White Burgundy from Cote Chalonnaise, or sparkling wines from outside Champagne, you can ask for just those wines.Next Club
Picked by Wine.com
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Not exactly a typical wine subscription, you make a monthly deposit of $40 to Nakedwines.com which can be used to purchase wine whenever you choose. A minimum order of six bottles is required. You pick all of your own wines from hundreds of bottles in their inventory. In November 2021 there were more than 24 different French wines available from regions like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Loire, Bordeaux, Limoux — even Champagne.
Since you choose every wine you receive, you can build your own French wine subscription and reorder your favorites or branch out to other regions.Next Club
For You Get 10% off the first three shipments when you join an Organic Wine Exchange club. Use code WC10X3 at checkout.
If you are concerned about the environment or prefer organic sustenance, I strongly recommend trying a wine club from Organic Wine Exchange. This woman-led small business sells only organic wine and has created a variety of subscriptions to choose from: Organic, Biodynamic, Vegan, and No Sulfites Added.
All wine clubs can be further customized however you like, in this case you can choose to receive all French wine. When you sign up for this level of customization you’ll be contacted by proprietor Annie Arnold to confirm your preferences and explain how the club works in detail.
Organic Wine Exchange
The Vinesse Sparkling wine club is my favorite Vinesse club, and one of my favorite wine clubs overall. In this case it helps to focus on the wine you receive and not on the features of the wine club (because it’s a no frills setup). I’ve received at least a dozen shipments of the Vinesse Sparkling Wine Club and they are consistently delightful.
Each shipment includes one true Champagne, one high-end sparkling wine from somewhere in the world (think California’s North Coast or a Cremant de Limoux), and an everyday bubbly like a Prosecco or a Cava. Sign up for this club and you’ll always have a bottle of sparkling wine on hand — and something more special than what’s available at your grocery store.
Insider tip: they offer their best prices when you prepay for gifts (or for yourself).Next Club
Vinesse Sparkling Wine Club
For You Get 25€ (roughly $25) off your first payment when you join Roscioli Wine Club. Use code WCR25 at checkout.
Not strictly a French wine club, this is a great club for new French wine collectors. Roscioli is an Italian wine club by nature (as they are based in Rome and super proud of the wine their country produces), but they offer a high-end wine club which includes at least half, if not more, French wines plucked from high-end cellars. Examples include Grand Cru Burgundy, cult-status Bordeaux, elite Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and intoxicating small-production Champagne. These will be accompanied by wines of equal stature from Italy.
Roscioli Legends Club