International Wine of the Month Club: Collectors Series Review

by Madi M.

Posted on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

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As we head into the holiday season, it's fun to get caught up in the excitement and merriment of all the decorations, festive lights - and of course - presents! Remember those days when you were a kid and you would see gifts wrapped up with your name on the tag? It was so exciting to imagine what might be inside, to rattle the box to see what it sounded like, to beg for hints from tight-lipped parents. Well, if you need to kick start that giddy holiday child trapped inside your grownup body, try signing up for a wine subscription from the International Wine of the Month Club. Not only do you get to try unique, hand-picked wines every month, you get to relive the excitement of opening a box and ooh-ing and aah-ing over what's inside. Or if you have someone on your gift list who's been extra good this year, consider giving the gift of a wine subscription so they can experience the joy of answering the door and getting a package that says "Contains Alcohol: Must Be 21 or Older" on it. They know what's inside will be more exciting that the ill-fitting sweater they got from their Aunt Thelma.

We were lucky enough to sample a shipment from the International Wine of the Month Club's Collectors Series, which features two bottles of extremely limited production wines from two different renowned wineries. At $69.95/month, it's their most expensive wine club, but it's the best way to get exposure to rare wines, as many of the Collectors Series featured wines are unavailable outside of their respective countries or appellations. They also mention that these wines are good choices for your wine cellar, as they will take on richer and more complex flavors if allowed to age longer. However, like small children, we're no good at waiting very long, so we're hoping that letting the bottles age from the morning when they were delivered to dinner that night is enough. If you are one of those disciplined people with both patience and willpower, the Collectors Series is a great choice so you always have a couple of "special occasion" bottles of wine on hand.

With the Collectors Series, you can choose to receive two bottles of red wine or one bottle of red and one bottle of white each month. We chose the latter, and our shipment contained the two delectable selections below:

2010 Respite Cabernet Sauvignon - Reichel Vineyard - Alexander Valley

2014 Josef Chromy Chardonnay - Tasmania

Each bottle was accompanied by "Cellar Notes" that include detailed tasting notes, an informative history of the vineyard where the grapes were grown, and suggested food pairings. The Chardonnay even came with a salmon mousse recipe for the more adventurous palates. The Cabernet food pairing, on the other hand, suggests that it's such a full bodied wine that it can be enjoyed "as a meal in itself." Now that's what we're talking about!

Seeing as it's wintertime and we were in the mood for something to warm us up, we opened the Cabernet first. It was indeed rich and complex, with a dark, fruity flavor that we savored until the last sip. We all voted and agreed that we should pair a glass of this Cabernet with...another glass of this Cabernet. Now it's your turn to go out and make someone's day (or treat yourself!) with a subscription to International Wine of the Month Club. They also have two other wine clubs to choose from that run $34.95/month for The Premier Series and $49.95/month for The Masters Series, so wine lovers on any budget can enjoy the delight of opening up a box and finding delicious wine inside. But first, let's take one last look at this tannin-filled Respite. Mmmmm!

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