From the wine sales partner for Wine Enthusiast magazine, this wine of the month club is a no-hassle way to try new wines from around the world. We don't agree with the name "Connoisseur's Choice" for $20-ish wines. The wine director at WineExpress, Josh Farrell, hand picks each wine for their subscriptions.
WineExpress is the retail arm of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Who better to select the best wines for a wine of the month club than a company that rates wine?
It's been a long time since we received a shipment from WineExpress, but the last ones we received we felt sent out an uninspiring selection of wine (medium- to large-production and widely available) and were priced too close to retail to be considered a good deal. We'd like to see them include previously-shipped wines on their wine club pages.
When choosing a premium wine club, we recommend looking at the types of wines the wine club specializes in to help you choose. Some of the premium wine clubs represent a single step up from value wine clubs, and others are truly premium offerings for real collectors and connoisseurs. We think this club falls more into the category of upgraded value wine club than collector-oriented. But you could probably tell that by the price. You’ll definitely enjoy these wines, and you’re not paying premium prices for them so if you’re ready for the next level in wine drinking, give this one a whirl.
Unlike the other wine clubs from publishing companies (NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Sunset Magazine, etc.) this wine club is owned by its publishing company (Wine Enthusiast Magazine). That changes all of the rules and expectations for this wine club... in the consumer’s favor.
Last Updated: 9/22/2010
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Connoisseur's Choice Wine Club