Pacific Northwest Series Wine Club Review

Pacific Northwest Series Wine Club

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Summary

This wine subscription focuses on high-end, limited-production wines from small family wineries in the broad wine region called Pacific Northwest. It includes Oregon and Washington and is perfect to give as a gift or to join yourself.

What I Like

The Pacific Northwest wine club is one of few such wine subscriptions available. They only work with small family wineries, so nearly every wine they ship typically wouldn’t be distributed outside the state it was produced in.

Improvements

This club doesn’t have a 5-star rating. It doesn’t ship ultra-premium wine and the price isn’t amazing for what you get. Superlatives aside, the quality to price ratio is correct.

Benefits

  • Rare Oregon & Washington Club
  • Great gift presentation and deals
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Artisan, small family winemakers

Drawbacks

  • Shipping is extra

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Coupons & Promo Codes

Deal Get two bonus bottles
Join the Pacific Northwest Series and get two extra bottles of Oregon and Washington wine in the first shipment. Until Mar 31. Use code ADDTWO at checkout.

Deal Save 50% on membership
Save 50% on your first shipment. Until Dec 31. Use code WCRHALF at checkout.

Pacific Northwest Series Wine Club Review

Pacific Northwest Wine Club Review

What is the Pacific Northwest Series from The California Wine Club?

Founded in 1990, The California Wine Club is a California company which sells artisanal wines from small family wineries. Their Pacific Northwest Series focuses on those artisanal wineries in Oregon and Washington state. It is available as an ongoing subscription or as a gift membership (you choose the length of the gift). Pacific Northwest Series, like all of their subscriptions, comes with an industry-leading satisfaction guarantee and a host of other membership benefits.

Ways to Customize Your Pacific Northwest Series Membership

The Pacific Northwest Series wine club is a minimally customizable, two-bottle subscription:

  • Wine selection: You can choose one red and one white wine, or two of the same red wine in each shipment.
  • Delivery frequency: This membership can be delivered monthly, every other month, or quarterly.

How much does Pacific Northwest Series cost?

The price of the Pacific Northwest Series depends on how you’ve configured it. If you are giving a gift, each two-bottle mixed wine shipment will cost $77, plus $21 for shipping and handling.

If you are joining for yourself, your price varies with each shipment, at an average cost of $79 for mixed wine. Shipping and handling is $21 for ongoing subscriptions, too.

Switching to just red wine increases the price to $86 for gifts and a similar, but variable amount for ongoing subscriptions.

Gift-wrapped wine bottles

The California Wine Club kindly offers my readers a generous discount. Save 50% on the wine portion of your first shipment with code WCRHALF at checkout (ongoing subscriptions only, not for gifts). Shipping and handling will still be $21.

Current Pacific Northwest Series Deals

Deal Get two bonus bottles
Join the Pacific Northwest Series and get two extra bottles of Oregon and Washington wine in the first shipment. Until Mar 31. Use code ADDTWO at checkout.

Deal Save 50% on membership
Save 50% on your first shipment. Until Dec 31. Use code WCRHALF at checkout.

Pacific Northwest Series membership benefits

Any time you become a subscriber to a company’s services, there should be a benefit to you for loyalty. Sometimes that benefit is discounted members-only pricing and sometimes that benefit is extra perks. Here are the membership benefits for joining or gifting Pacific Northwest Series.

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The California Wine Club specializes in small-batch wines from family wineries producing less than 15,000 cases per year. Small production wines typically offer the most character as the grapes are farmed for optimal taste, not optimal yield. Learn more about why these small producers are so important.

I’ve received a few shipments of wine for review from the Pacific Northwest Series at The California Wine Club since 2015. Despite not featuring their namesake wine region, this is my favorite subscription at The California Wine Club. I live in California and frequently travel to small wineries throughout the state, so I don't get the full benefit of their core product as much as someone outside California would.

Through the Pacific Northwest Series, I get to experience and understand the benefits of membership at The California Wine Club like an outsider. I don’t travel to Oregon and Washington for wine tasting often (though I’ve been to both) and without The California Wine Club I wouldn’t get to try all of these hidden gems.

Here is the selection of wines I’ve received from the Pacific Northwest Series over the years.

An early Pacific Northwest Series shipment

Coelho wines from Willamette Valley, Oregon I received in 2015

A Pacific Northwest Series shipment from 2016

Emerson Vineyards wines from Willamette Valley, Oregon I received in 2016

A Pacific Northwest Series shipment from 2019

Gard wines from Columbia Valley, Washington I received in 2019

A recent Pacific Northwest Series shipment from 2022

Camaraderie Cellars wines from different parts of Washington I received in 2022

Camaraderie is a great example of a winery that produces craft wine but doesn’t grow their own fruit. Founded by Don and Vicki Corson in 1992, the winery is located in Port Angeles, a coastal part of northern Washington (a full day’s drive away from where most Washington wine is produced. The location was selected for barrel-friendliness (marine humidity helps keep barrels airtight) and naturally-appropriate cellaring temperatures.

Winemaker Don Corson working with barrels in the winery

Image courtesy of Camaraderie Cellars

Winemaker Don Corson says this about where his grapes come from, “One of the benefits of being a ‘senior’ winery in the state is that we know where the good vineyards are.” His general philosophy is to carefully make food-friendly wines that are “fruit driven, but not ‘fruit bombs.’”

For me, this is generally the role of Washington wine — the styles typical of this state lie somewhere between the bigger, fruit-forward California or Oregon wines and the often austere, mineral-driven wines of France (especially Bordeaux and Burgundy). There isn’t a right or wrong way to do things, and the beauty of wine is that everyone can drink what they like.

Something I find fascinating about this winery is the number of different wines they produce, all in very small batches. When you buy your fruit, you can pick what’s good from vintage to vintage, and sometimes you get great deals. I also love that this winery has extremely reasonable prices and doesn’t mark up library bottles just because they’ve been aging in their cellar.

2015 Washington Cabernet Sauvignon Front Label with Glass 2015 Washington Cabernet Sauvignon Back Label with Glass

Winery: Camaraderie Cellars
Wine: 2015 Washington Cabernet Sauvignon
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Cases Produced: 1,092
Winery retail price: $37

I appreciate that The California Wine Club sometimes sends out “back vintages” in their wine clubs. One of my favorite things about wine is seeing how it ages. At this point, we’ve experimented enough with aging wine in our own cellar to know that I like my wine fruity and I’m not a fan of the “tertiary flavors” common to aged wine (I’m super sensitive to the taste of raisin that can develop, which some people love). For people who don’t have the ability to cellar their own wine, shipments like this are learning opportunities.

I enjoyed this Cabernet Sauvignon, which I often don’t. I agree with the tasting notes which described “classic black cherry notes that Washington Cabernet Sauvignons are known for.” This is probably because it is a blend of grapes from four different Columbia Valley AVAs and six different vineyards, including 15% Merlot. I tend to prefer blends to single-vineyard wines because I like the balance that comes from blends. In this case, each Cabernet vineyard, further enhanced by the Merlot, contributes different characteristics like acidity, tannins, fruitiness, etc.

2021 Yakima Valley Pinot Gris Front Label with Glass 2021 Yakima Valley Pinot Gris Back Label with Glass

Winery: COHO Wines
Wine: 2021 Yakima Valley Pinot Gris
Blend: 85% Pinot Gris, 15% Roussanne
Region: Yakima Valley, Washington
Cases Produced: 100
Winery retail price: $26

A few general notes before I discuss my experience with this wine:

I tend to like Napa’s Merlot-driven selections. Napa wineries don’t charge as much for Merlot (thanks to the movie Sideways maligning the poor but important grape), but the wineries that produce it expect the same high quality standards that make Napa Cab so coveted (because it’s in a lot of their high-priced Cabernet Sauvignon). Also, I tend to like Merlot because it’s a fruit-forward red wine; this one featured cherries and blackberries.

This is an example of a wine that wasn’t especially distinctive, but was exactly as advertised, “Fresh, bright acidity matches aromatics of apple and pear.” Food-friendly, indeed.

How does the Pacific Northwest Series compare to similar wine subscriptions?

All of the subscription options at The California Wine Club are curated. This means they are not customized to your palate (a personalized subscription) but instead all of their members receive a customized selection from the same pool of staff-picked wines each month.

Is the Pacific Northwest Series a good gift?

Yes! All of The California Wine Club memberships are among my most highly recommended gifts. Whether you’re on a budget or you want to splurge, you can be assured your gift recipient will love what you buy them.

Gift-wrapped Pacific Northwest Series wine with Gift+

Here are my top reasons to recommend The California Wine Club above all other clubs for gifts:

Pacific Northwest Series Gift-wrapped Bottles in Box

Gift-wrapped bottles in first shipment

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