Friday, January 01, 2010
Virginia wines delivered to your door!
years ago there were a mere 34 wineries in
visiting a wine shop today with a well-stocked
So how can
a novice experience a variety of tasty
a tasting panel selects from a
Additional bottles can be purchased, and a 10-percent discount is available for 12 mixed bottles. The Virginia Wine Journal, the club’s newsletter, is included and provides details about the featured winery and the people who run it. Comprehensive descriptions of the wine and how it is made are accompanied by enticing recipes for dishes to match with each wine. The journal is well-researched and concisely written and includes great information.
If you have a wine lover on your gift list, the club offers gift memberships as well for the same price. There are no membership fees or advance charges. The club just debits your credit card each month for the charges corresponding to the number of bottles plus shipping. There is no minimum membership time for a standard membership, but there is a six-month minimum for a gift membership. If members decide they like a selection enough to buy more of it, additional bottles are usually available at a special price and a 10-percent discount on 12 or more bottles.
Logan, president, said the club was started by Berkley Mitchell, who got bitten
by the wine bug after taking some wine-appreciation classes and visiting
handed the reigns of the wine club over to
The season is taken into account, so crisp white wines and lighter reds are selected for summer months and heavier; heartier wines are chosen for wintertime. They also strive for diversity, so members don’t receive the same variety of wine each month.
is headed by Neil Williamson, a guest lecturer at the
The wine club relies on the wineries to provide the recipes that are printed to match with the wine selection. The organization also has permission to use recipes from several books, including "Toast of the Tidewater."
For more information, visit vawineclub.com.
Gordon Kendall has more than 20 years of experience in the wine business and is currently the wine, beer and spirits columnist for The Roanoke Times. He teaches wine classes and enjoys educating people on all things related to the industry. If you have an idea for a future Spirits column, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.