The Wine Folly Wine Club launched on May 4, 2021 so I have not performed a full review of this wine club (yet).
The good news is, I have more than a decade of experience evaluating wine clubs, and I can assess the initial offering based on available information.
I sourced this information from the Wine Folly website and all of the pages/links associated with their new wine club, Wine Access (more on this later), and a few bits from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Here’s what you need to know if you don’t want to wait for everyone else to try Wine Folly’s wine club first so you can get reviews of the actual shipment and experience.
FYI: I find great wine deals so you don’t have to. To keep me on the hunt, I earn a commission when you buy wine based on my recommendations.
The Wine Folly Wine Club is a specialized wine subscription geared to help you learn about wine the way the pros do — expanding your palate by tasting new wines, while learning about those wines from a professional.
A bi-monthly subscription of 4 bottles costs $120 per shipment, and shipping is included. Cancel or skip a shipment any time.
Madeline Puckette — the friendly and quirky sommelier who brought the WineFolly.com empire to life — has at long last curated a wine club she feels is worthy of her outstanding reputation. Madeline Puckette is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition “Wine Communicator of the Year,” a James Beard award-winning author, and the co-founder of Wine Folly. Madeline creates the wine club’s curriculum goals and helps select each shipment’s wines.
The Wine Folly Wine Club was created through a partnership with Wine Folly and Wine Access. Your club purchases will be managed on wineaccess.com.
Wine Access, helmed by Vanessa Conlin, a Master of Wine, and her team of amazingly qualified sommeliers and Master of Wine candidates, is one of our favorites! Vanessa offers exceptional guidance in the tasting videos provided with each shipment. She also sources interesting wines around the world to offer the club.
Check out our reviews of Wine Access subscriptions or their new Michelin subscription.Join the Wine Folly Wine Club
Each shipment is themed around an important wine topic (the industry calls these “foundational” topics, with the idea that you can build your wine knowledge on top of these concepts).
The first shipment’s theme is Bold Red Wines and includes these four wines:
Each bottle is accompanied by a wine tasting video of Vanessa walking you through what you’re looking for — it’s like you’re wine tasting with a Master of Wine. You’ll also have access to detailed wine production notes via WineFolly.com, like this one.
According to the Wine Folly page, future shipments could include themes like comparing oak, stainless steel, and concrete for fermentation vessels or a single grape variety made in four different methods.Join the Wine Folly Wine Club
According to Madeline, in the promotional video she created for the club, three main concepts for what Wine Folly thinks make a great wine club are:
Great wines from great producers. They’ve got the credentials to handle this.
Great value. Wine Access is known for sourcing wines of great value.
Wine education. Build your wine knowledge as a whole, so you become more confident finding and buying wines on your own.
While you certainly can join this club for the great wines at a great value, the wine education you’ll get by watching the videos and learning about wine in this way is the best reason to join. In my opinion, the educational component is as valuable than what you’re paying for the wine itself.
The biggest reason to join a wine club in general is that you’re not required to do your own research to find great wine to drink at a great price. For people with the time, inclination, and knowledge, maybe that research is a fun undertaking. For most of us, having a trusted source of regular wine deliveries is a useful life hack.
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