California Wine Club Review – September 2012

I just got my latest delivery from the California Wine Club and wanted to share with everyone what I got by being a member of their Signature Series Wine Club.

As you can see in the picture to the right (and in our California Wine Club Review), your wine club delivery will come via FedEx (typically within 2-3 days after they send you their “your delivery is on the way” email). Next time I’ll snap a picture of the FedEx guy making the delivery so you can get the full experience. I find it entertaining that on the outside of the box is a warning to the FedEx driver: “Do not deliver to an intoxicated person” :-) For some reason that cracks me up because my FedEx driver barely speaks english, nor has he ever asked me if I’m sober or not.

Once you get your shipment open, here’s what you’ll find inside…
California Wine Club Review Shipment

You’ll find your monthly wine delivery packed in styrofoam to protect it on its journey from California to wherever you may live. For me, that’s North Carolina. Every monthly delivery over the years has arrived in perfect shape. The picture below will give you a better idea of how well the wine is packed when it arrives at your door.

California Wine Club Review September Shipment of Tempranillo

You’ll also see some fliers advertising their latest sale (such as their special $1 shipping offer), their monthly Uncorked Magazine, etc. Uncorked Magazine is a high-quality monthly publication that the California Wine Club has been putting out for 22 years now. Its filled with pictures that instantly transport you to the winery highlighted that month.

California Wine Club Review – Uncorked MagazineThis month the winery highlighted in Uncorked Magazine is the Robledo Family Winery. What always impresses me about Uncorked Magazine is that when you read about the winery of the month, you actually feel like you are there at the winery and talking with the winemakers themselves.

Here’s a couple of quotes from Uncorked Magazine about the Robledo Family Winery to give you a flavor of what you’ll learn every month…

“At the tender age of 16, Reynaldo and his father began working in the vineyards of Napa Valley. They had travelled from their home in Michoacan, Mexico on the Bracero program, a U.S. work/visa program then in place that enabled workers to legally cross the border. Reynaldo’s enthusiasm for tending vines was immediate and exceptional. Soon, he was foreman of the work crews. He married the girl he loved from back home, Maria, had children and threw himself into his dream of oen day having his own winery. 28 years ago, he bought his first acreage, now the home of his winery.”

California Wine Club Review – Napa ValleyReynaldo was determined to make the American Dream a reality for him and his family and the years of hard work culminated into Reynaldo acquiring a total of 450 acres of vineyards throughout Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties.

Thanks to Uncorked Magazine, you’ll learn all the little details about the winery that you just wouldn’t learn by buying your wine in the grocery store or most likely by even visiting the winery on any given day. Having visited a LOT of wineries myself over the years, I can tell you that the person pouring your wine behind the wine tasting counter is usually just hired help and not someone who is intimately involved with the winery on a daily basis. Uncorked Magazine goes above and beyond that wine pourer and gives you all the winery and wine nuances that you just can’t get any other way.

California Wine Club Review – September 2012So, how is the wine? Absolutely amazing! I love red wines, so I always request the best red wines from the California Wine Club and the California Wine Club never disappoints me. This month they sent me two bottles of the Robledo Family Winery 2009 Tempranillo from Napa Valley, California. I’ve tried at least two dozen Tempranillo’s over the years but this surpasses them all. But hey, don’t take my word for it, sign up for the California Wien Club today and see what you’re missing 😉

By the way, if you’re looking for a great, inexpensive wine aerator, I HIGHLY recommend the Vinoair Wine Aerator. They crack easily, so don’t drop them, but they work amazing well and only cost under $20. Plus, they don’t take up any extra counter space :-) Enjoy!

California Wine Club Review – September 2012 Package

California Wine Club Review – September 2012 Package

California Wine Club 2012  here’s what you’ll find inside…

California Wine Club 2012 here’s what you’ll find inside…

California Wine Club Review 2012

California Wine Club Review 2012

Uncorked Magazine by California Wine Club 2012

Uncorked Magazine by California Wine Club 2012

Yum! California Wine Club Review 2012

Yum! California Wine Club Review 2012

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