Gold Medal Wine Club Gift Membership

by Madi M.

Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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We all wanna treat the oenophiles in our lives to a taste of wine country.

But hey, maybe an all-expense trip to the verdant, rolling hills of the Sonoma Valley is just a lil' too pricey.

Well, we can always bring wine country to them. Especially when it only costs $39 for a Gold Medal Wine Club gift membership.

Operating from company headquarters in Santa Barbara, California, the fine folks at Gold Medal Wine Club have been serving up Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinots, and other varieties of vin (that's French for the boozy stuff) since 1992.

They offer six different gift packages. There's the Gold, Platinum, Garagiste, Pinot Noir, International, and Diamond series, with prices ranging from $39 to $234 per delivery.

For our trial run, we received the Gold Wine Club Gift, which can be purchased for mom, the BFF, or another loved one at a cost of $39 for one shipment, $117 for three, $234 for six, or $421 for 12.

Every delivery includes two bottles from small California wineries, one red and one white. And though they're safely shipped in styrofoam and cardboard, the wines arrive all dolled up in sheer bags and ribbons for the gift getter.

Each package also comes with a personalized card, some informational literature, and a helpful copy of the The Wine Press magazine that'll teach you to make a fancy, pairing-appropriate dinner.

Our wines were Painted Horse's 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, a San Diego International Wine Competition winner, and its 2012 Chardonnay.

The Cab from this Sonoma Valley winery was warm and earthy, rich and fruity. It goes well, as the Wine Press advises, with "black pepper skirt steak, burgers with porcini mushrooms and Gorgonzola cheese, or braised short ribs."

The white, meanwhile, is redolent of apples and pears with a hint of woodiness. And that means it's awesome with "shellfish risotto or your favorite chicken dish."

As the French say, "Très yummy."

Whether a one-time thing or an all-year affair, the Gold Medal Wine Club's gift membership is a nice surprise for everyone.

The giver saves 40 percent on award-winning wines. And the getter enjoys the warm, flush-faced glow that only deux bouteilles de vin can provide.

It's a good deal. It's a fun time. And it's the perfect present for that extra-special person who loves the red and white just as much as you adore them.

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