GrapeSeed Wine Review
Most wine clubs focus on a more general consumer audience — wines selected to please the American palate at large delivered for less $20 a bottle. GrapeSeed is not one of these clubs. In fact, they're doing something quite different. They're delivering artful and pedigreed wines for somewhere between $25 and $37.50 per bottle (the shipment is always $150, but you'll get anywhere from 4 to 6 bottles in each shipment).
GrapeSeed contracts with pedigreed winemakers — who often don't get to experiment with new ideas at their "day jobs" — provides them with high-quality fruit from vineyards they already know, and winds up with interesting new wines to introduce to the market under their own label. This isn't a new model, I can think of at least four other companies that do this. What's different here is the focus on quality and concept rather than on the final price per bottle.
GrapeSeed feels more like a winery wine club than a traditional "wine of the month club" and that's probably not an accident. We receive shipments from (at time of review) 7 winery clubs and many many wine of the month clubs. The one thing most wine of the month clubs don't seem to get right is a personal connection with their customers. The wineries do a really great job of helping us wine drinkers feel connected to the winemakers, the vineyard staff, the tasting room staff, etc.
GrapeSeed is so winemaker focused that we can't help but feel like we have the same connection to their wines that we do with our favorite wineries. But unlike a winery membership, this model allows for maximum flexibility in order to always deliver great wine. If a winery has a bad year in the vineyard (too cold, too hot, too wet), the wines usually suffer. GrapeSeed can pick new vineyards and new regions every year, so each vintage comes out a winner.
GrapeSeed sends four shipments per year: March, June, September and November. Given that these are better quality wines than most people's daily drinkers, we encourage you to think of these as your "Saturday" wines, or the kinds you bring out to impress your guests. They also make terrific everyday drinkers if you're so inclined.