From the wine sales partner for Wine Enthusiast magazine, this wine of the month club is perfect for Italian wine lovers. There aren't many Italian wine clubs out there, and the selection from WineExpress is solid. For a value-oriented approach to learning about wine from Italy, this is a good bet.
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? When it comes to Italian wine specifically, we trust WineExpress to pick better wines than what's available at our local stores.
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.
There are more varietals of Italian grapes than any other country or wine-making area around the world. You can spend your entire life learning about Italian wine and probably not know half of what there is to know. For Italian wine lovers this is part of the thrill! Also a thrill is this very rare Italian wine club... if you or someone you’re shopping for loves Italian wine, this wine club is the only way to go.
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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