The Plonk red wine club has always been among our favorites because of the proprietor's preference for quirky but delectable wines. Etty Lewensztain sources interesting wines made from grapes and regions you've never heard of (and some you have). Whether you choose four or twelve bottles you'll be glad you picked Plonk.
Lately we've come to think of Plonk as the "Somm club" that isn't run by a sommelier. With a focus on wines under $30 that will delight any curious wine drinker, we think the value is top notch. Also, unlike most wine clubs, if you're thinking of going red-only or white-only, you'll actually get four different selections (three of each if you upgrade to 12 bottles).
When it comes to Plonk we have little to ask for in the improvement department. Because the wines are so great, we'd really like to see a more giftworthy version of the subscription which includes gift wrap and maybe even store credits so they can order more of their favorites.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We reviewed the 4-bottle monthly club and re-used the photos here. The two-bottle club comes from the same selections as the 4-bottle club, but only sends two of them.
There are a small handful of wine clubs out there designed for adventurous wine drinkers who want to expand their palates, and are willing to take a leap to try things they'd never otherwise get to try. Plonk is one of these wine clubs.
Whether you are adventurous wine enthusiast, or you're purchasing a wine club as a gift for one, here are the reasons why we think Plonk is a 5-star wine club:
We're pretty impressed with this wine club and we think you will be, too.
Some notes from our last shipment:
We tried the Scholium Project wine first. This is among the most interesting wines we've ever tried. The story behind this winery is fascinating, and Etty's willingness to showcase such brave winemaking moves in her wine club tells us as much about her, and her philosophy of wine-drinking, as it does about the mad scientist behind the Scholium Project.
When we first poured the wine, we couldn't help but notice the color—a pale salmon color, usually reserved for luscious rose wines from Provence, due to a small amount of intentional oxidization. At cooler-than-room-temp, the wine exhibits a bright palate, and amazingly a nutty aftertaste. Almost like Sherry, but much lighter than Sherry.
We decided to cool it down further and found, while the wine has unique properties that make it interesting to drink on its own, it was extremely food friendly. One day we had it with spinach and ricotta ravioli and the next chile verde chicken burritos and rice. It went beautifully with both, which might make this the most versatile pairing option you'll find after Champmagne.
After this lovely surprise of a wine, we can't wait to find out what a Malagouiza tastes like!
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Monthly Wine Club Billing and Shipping
Plonk Wine Club memberships and wine club gifts that have a duration of 3 months are prepaid as a one time charge of $149.97 (plus applicable tax) at the time of purchase. This charge includes the cost of the wine plus monthly shipping. Plonk Wine Club memberships that are ongoing, or that have a duration of 6 or 12 months are charged in increments of $49.99 (plus applicable tax) on a monthly basis on the first day of every month for the duration of the membership. This monthly charge includes the cost of the wine plus a flat shipping fee of $20.00 per shipment.
Plonk Wine Club shipments get sent out the first Monday of every month, or shortly thereafter should a national holiday fall on the first Monday of the month. Members who purchase a Plonk Wine Club prior to the 31st day of the month (or the equivalent of the last day of the month) will be included in the next scheduled club shipment. Members who purchase a Plonk Wine Club after the 31st day of the month (or the equivalent of the last day of the month) will be included in the following month's club shipment. Shipments may take between 5 to 10 business days to arrive.
Last Updated: 10/16/13
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Plonk Red Wine Club