If you love fine wine, but you aren’t always sure which winery to choose, then you might want to consider a curated wine delivery from Wine Access. This fabulous online site focuses on small vintners from all over the world who produce extraordinary wines in limited quantities that are not accessible in local stores.
Their expert team tastes over 20,000 wines each year that come from the Bordeaux region in France to Napa/Sonoma and even as far as Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina. Every selection that’s chosen on Wine Access has exceeded expectations in taste balanced by the bottle price. Customers can be assured they are getting both outstanding value and affordability.
The Wine Access expert team
Wine Access has put together a stellar team of top sommeliers and connoisseurs with remarkable credentials that you can read about here. Each of them posts their personal recommendations so you can shop by the expert and order from their curated lists.
There’s no monthly requirement to order
Order classic, rare and new wines directly on the website anytime you choose. Wine Access will deliver to all states that allow shipping of alcoholic beverages within the U.S.A. Unfortunately, some states don’t comply.
The Wine Club
Even though you can purchase wines individually online, you’ll get even more value by joining the Wine Access Wine Club. As a member, you’ll receive 6 bottles for $150, 4 times per year. Each order includes a video that walks you through each wine in the collection as well as its accompanying story. Members also receive 10% off all of their purchases on the website.
Here’s what I tried
Wine Access generously sent me four bottles to sample. Such a tough job for a blogger! (Just kidding!)
My package arrived within days and, because it contained alcohol, required a signature from UPS. That makes plenty of sense. I wouldn’t want my neighbors to walk away with my stash.
Just a tip: If you sign up for a free online account with UPS, you can reschedule auto-shipments to arrive when you will be home to receive it. My shipment arrived on time and was wrapped in climate-controlled packaging to regulate the temperature. That’s especially important when it’s boiling outside.
The wines I received came from Napa and Sonoma. I’ve been there many times because my brother lives there but have never been to the wineries my bottles came from. It was a treat to be able to try them. They included:
1. 2015 Halpin Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley
I’m a big fan of Cabernet and I usually enjoy vintages that are bold, like this one. It was only made into 300 cases equaling 12 barrels and can be compared to some of the more impressive wines produced by Opus One or Silver Oak. Halpin Winery has received numerous prizes for its Cabs.
2. 2016 Karo-Kann Proprietary Red from Napa Valley
This vintage from Napa Valley is a deep and inky purple-black wine that’s blended with blackberry preserves, sage, and vanilla. It’s a combination of Cabernet, Petit Verdot, Petite Sarah, and a tiny bit of Merlot. The blend comes from top wineries in Oakville, Rutherford, and St. Helena. Each wine, individually, would be three times the cost on their own.
3. 2015 Hidden Ridge Vineyard Applique Sonoma Chardonnay
Applique, from Sonoma’s Hidden Ridge, is beautifully packaged and grown on rugged and steep terrain. As a chardonnay, it benefits from plenty of mountaintop sunlight as well as cooling breezes and is extremely popular with Wine Access members.
4. 2018 Kinfolk Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley
This wine comes from the winemaker’s secret stash. It has notes of grapefruit, freshly cut herbs and a touch of white-blossomed spring flowers. Normally, it would cost twice as much as what is offered to Wine Access members.
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What are your favorite wine varieties. Do you love Cabernet or Chardonnay? Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc? Are you more into Rosé or champagne? Please leave a comment below.