Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

The best wine clubs

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, November 30th, 2006 at 9:42 am in Uncategorized.

So I’m doing a story looking at all the wine clubs out there. Even though it’s a great gift idea and thus timely, it’s really for selfish reasons that I’m doing the piece. I’ve wanted to join a club for almost a year and rather than just sign up for a winery’s out of art and/or allegiance (Bonny Doon, Clos Du Val), I figured I should join one where they scour the globe to find me the best deals and introduce me to new wines. Two have risen as my favorites: Wine Thieves’ in Lafayette for it’s affordability (their premium club is under is $30) and they’ve introduced me to the best Spanish Cava I’ve had: Segura Viudas. It’s $6. The other is Bottlenotes, a Palo-Alto based Web site that has a whopping 9 clubs tailor made for all kinds of palates. The latter definitely has the hip factor working for it — a bunch of young Stanford MBAs launched it and, unlike most clubs, you can focus on a region, or meet with people like a book club or just get seasonal stuff (sparkling around this time of year, Vermentinos and other crisp whites in the summer, etc). Bottlenotes is a big more expensive but when compared to the other clubs, it’s pretty average.

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