California Wine Club – Premier Club Review

One of my favorite wine clubs is the California Wine Club’s Premier Club. It only costs $51.95 per month for two-bottles of award winning wine from California’s best mom and pop wineries, which includes shipping and handling.

If you haven’t read our California Wine Club Review please head on over there and check it out. They have three other wine clubs to choice from (Signature, International and Aged Cabernet), but the Premier Club is the one most people start with. We did just sign up for their Aged Cabernet wine club though and will be sure to let you know how it is when we get our first shipment.

California Wine Club – Pietra Santa Winery

As you can see in my pictures, this month’s Premier Wine Club shipment included a bottle of Pietra Santa Winery Pinot Grigio from 2010 and a Sangiovese from 2009. Both come from the Cienga Valley, which is in San Benito County (25 miles East of Monterey Bay).

California Wine Club – Pietra Santa Winery

The 2009 Sangiovese has not been rated yet as it was just released. However, the 2008 vintage earned two Silver Medals and the 2007 vintage earned a Gold Medal, two Silver Medals, a 5 star rating from Bev X Magazine, 91 points from Ultimate Beverage Challenge and 86 points at the California State Fair.

The 2010 Pinot Grigio earned a Gold Medal from the California State Fair and is said to have tastes of mangos and passion fruit with hints of citrus, according to the Winemaker Alessio Carli.

The Pietra Santa Winery was established in 1989 by the Blackburn Family and produces 25,000 to 30,000 cases every year. The foundation of this little family winery is its vineyard, which supplies 100% of the fruit for all of their bottlings. The climate and soils of Pietra Santa are what make the winery so unique. Over millions of years the soil has been jolted and swirled by tectonic plate movements that brought limestone and shale to the surface. These two soil types are coveted by winemakers worldwide.

California Wine Club – Pietra Santa Winery

The best part of Pietra Santa’s is its climate which is cooled by the chilly temperatures of the Monterey Bay, making it the perfect place to grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Sangiovese, etc.

In April I’ll be out in the Monterey, California area and hope to drop by the Pietra Santa Winery for a tasting of their other wines. With any luck they will be as good as their Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio.

 

 

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