Have you ever heard the words “all that is gold does not glitter”? They came from the pen of J.R.R. Tolkien who, despite being an excellent fantasy writer, would have benefited from taking a look at Gold Medal Wine Club’s Gold Series wine of the month club. The reality is that this club is pure gold. For the purpose of this review I sampled the simple 2 bottle club, which usually comes with one red and one white wine. People who are particular about their wine may request all red or all white, but I’ve always been a fan of sampling as much as I can.
Before I talk about my experience I’d like to mention some of Gold Medal Wine Club’s other offerings. While the Gold Series is the most popular membership, Platinum and Diamond levels also exist for those who demand higher rated, more exclusive wines. Also available, the International Series and Pinot Noir Series, and the newest addition to their line up of wines is the Garagiste club described as handcrafted, small-lot wines from independent artisan winemakers.
Gold Medal Wine Club guarantees that they never feature bulk wines, private labels, or close outs–and that virtually all of the wines featured have earned top medals from major wine competitions or high ratings from popular publications. You can check all of them out here.
Back to the club: Once you get past the ubiquitous brown shipping box your order arrives in, you’re greeted with some really nice packaging that helps makes the Gold Series shine as a gift. Even though I ordered this for myself, I still felt like being pampered by the beautifully designed gift box, high quality newsletter, and nicely-wrapped wine bottles. It doesn’t look like any expense was spared in making an awesome presentation.
As for the wine itself, I was really excited to see that I had received Anthony Bell’s Big Guy 2010 red and white wines. Besides having one of the cutest wine labels in existence, Anthony Bell is a well-known name and Big Guy is one of his many cool projects. The newsletter that comes included with the club, The Wine Press, was very helpful, and included some food pairing suggestions. Trusting the experts, my significant other and I went off to the market and grabbed some sushi rolls since they were recommended for the Big Guy 2010 White Wine.
The experience was perfect. The white wine was a wonderfully refreshing addition to the sushi rolls, and my own underdeveloped palette was able to pick up notes of pear and lemongrass: something I can rarely do with store bought varieties. My partner is a little more receptive and also picked up on pineapple and grapefruit flavors. While we wined and dined we also got to enjoy flipping through the newsletter and learning more about the wine we were drinking. The Wine Press came with information about the vineyard, the winemaker, and the story of the dog, Ty, whose happy face is pictured on every label and for who the wine is named after.
While it’s easy to make a romantic night out of the shipment, this gift isn’t only for the coupled. It’s jam packed with plenty of information, and the wines stand on their own as superb. Simply opening the package makes for a fun night, although it doesn’t hurt to share it with someone special: be they a friend, family member, pet, or romantic partner. The worst part of the club is that I have to wait until the next month to receive another shipment, but I’m absolutely looking forward to it. Honestly, this club should simply be called GOLD GOLD GOLD. I loved the package opening experience, the wine I sampled, and the newsletter; and, even better, I still have the red wine to look forward to enjoying. You or your recipient will love the Gold Medal Wine Club Gold Series. As for myself, I give it a gold medal.
Sorry Tolkien, this club makes me a believer that everything gold does glitter.
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