Tuesday, November 15, 2011

California Wine Club Review!

A few weeks ago, I posted a review about receiving my first shipment of wine from California Wine Club. After receiving it, I just couldn't wait for my second shipment! This time around I received two bottles from Castro Cellars, a Gewürztraminer and a Pinot Noir. According to "Uncorked", California Wine Club's magazine, when sipping Pinot Noir "you’ll find black cherry and tea notes, toasty, smoky flavors and every
reason to take another sip!" Unfortunately, I can't agree with that last part of that quote. I'm just a big fan of Pinot Noir :( My boyfriend was loving every last sip of it tho!

The Gewürztraminer, on the other hand, was so interesting to me! I had never heard of it before so I checked it out in Uncorked. It is described as "Castoro’s Gewürz is made in such small quantities that the winery has never submitted it for review or competitions. “It would be sold out by the time we got the results!” says Karen Lindsay of Castoro’s operations department. Aromas of jasmine and ginger lead to lush, tropical fruit flavors. Like Gewürztraminer in France, where the grape originated, this bottling has lots of nice fruity character. All of the Gewürztraminer fruit came from Castoro’s Hog Heaven Vineyard in Paso Robles, where Gewürz was planted in 2006. This is Castoro’s fifth vintage. Fruit was hand harvested on September 23, 2010. A cold, slow, long fermentation in stainless steel tanks “allowed the yeast to give off lots of by-products that enhanced the wine’s floral characteristics,” explains Winemaker Tom Myers. Tom stopped fermentation after eight weeks, before the wine went dry, to rack and refrigerate it and settle out all of the yeast. “This leaves in a little of its natural sweetness to help preserve its nice fruity character.” The final blend was 77% Gewürztraminer, 15% Viognier and 8% Muscat Canelli. This Gewürz is a terrific aperitif and great with salads, Japanese or Thai cuisine. Serve chilled."

I AM IN LOVE!! I will definitely be purchasing a reorder of these bottles at only $10.99!

So lets talk about receiving wine at your house! It should be noted that someone above the age of 21 needs to be present at delivery to present id and sign for the package. This is the one and only inconvenience, but is 100% understandable. Otherwise California Wine Club is all about convenience and "taking the stuffy out of wine"! I mean what could be more convenient then receiving a couple of bottles of wine at your door once a month? Convenience aside, it was pretty exciting too! I had nearly forgot that I was supposed to receive it! Now imagine someone had purchased this gift for you and suddenly the FedEx man appeared at your door with some wine for you. You'd be just as ecstatic as me! Well you're in luck, you have the chance to gift some wine to your friend or even yourself at a discount!

Use coupon code peachesreview to receive 10% off of every gift order you purchase. In addition, if you decide to purchase this for yourself you'll receive 10% off of your first month by using the same coupon code. PLUS, California Wine Club will throw in an additional bottle of wine in your first months shipment, just for being one of my lovely readers! Of course there is no obligation to continue your membership beyond the first month.

Be sure to check out Californina Wine Club and The Boring Wine Guy on Twitter @cawineclub and @boringwineguy. Let them know @PeachesReviews sent ya!

Disclosure: I will be receiving monthly shipments of wine from CA Wine Club for 3 months. No monetary compensation has been offered or accepted. The opinions above are my own.


  1. Such an interesting article, I enjoyed a lot. On a side note I reside in California. I want to gift wine to my girl on her birthday. She loves wine like anything especially Red wine. I heard about Celebration Wine Club . They offer a wide variety of gifts for wine lovers to suit all tastes and all budgets. So any opinion about them is greatly appreciated.