Well, this past weekend we eliminated a few more teams competing for the Super Bowl of online wine clubs.
2017 was a crazy year for many reasons.
However, we at www.bestonlinewineshopping.com stayed the course and have been faithfully following 36 candidates, each claiming to have the best hand curated deals for members, exclusive offerings of super values, rare wines and great vintages and the next cult wine.
Or all of the above. Along with free corkscrews, aprons, and super-duper introductory offers.
As the suspense builds toward our final field of 10, let’s begin the year with some necessary house cleaning. Time to remove web retailers who played like the Cleveland Browns this year.
So, to mix metaphors, let’s begin by throwing the following wine clubs off the island:
www.wineinsiders.com A no-brainer here because the prices are simply ludicrous, unless you think $29.99 for a Gascogne white or $39.99 for a common Bordeaux Superieur are awesome deals. Neither coupons or Groupon offers with a 15 bottle introductory cases can save this one.
www.marthastewartwine.com Yes, we are throwing Martha, our much-beloved entertainment expert, to the sideline. To be frank, there is no evidence her good taste is invoked here. The wines selected are common and appear on several other sites. And there are a number of over-priced private label wines with cute names. This is a sad case of a celebrity branding a wine club and then allowing others to take over and opt for ordinary, over-priced wine. No way Martha could have chosen or hand curated such mediocre wines. Sad, but a fail.
www.vinesse.com. Has been around for 20 years, but has failed to keep pace. No discounts on the few, real wines offered. Sad CA selection (3 Zins, 0 Sauvignon Blanc) and no wines rated over 90 by anybody. Something named Plank Walker is your top Napa Cab? Really? Prices start at $19.99 a bottle. Gone!
While we are at it:
Almost all airline wine clubs. The United Airlines wine club uses vinesse for its member wine deals. So does Alaskan Airlines. Unless you are totally desperate for miles and mediocre wines, forget these clubs.
http://www.virginwines.com is not as bad as the others, but still doesn’t soar high enough to make our final cut.
www.wsjwines.com This site once offered members well-chosen wines. But now the Wall Street Journal seems to have outsourced the wine selection process to another website and the wines are quite unexciting. Best advice is to sign up for the 15 bottle introductory offer for $69.59. Then cancel the minute the box arrives.
And before we close, we have also dismissed as losers the wine clubs from wine of the month club, national geographic, AARP, Walmart, Hound & Hare, and my local pet store.