Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Unique Gift Idea

OK, how cool is the gift of wine? As you may know if you read Wife's blog, we recently received two bottles of wine from the Gold Medal Wine Club. The idea of wine clubs is that you get to try out a new bottle (or bottles!) of wine each month, and the best part is that the package arrives at your door as if by magic! This wine club offers, as part of a membership, two bottles of premium wine each month, plus a very attractive and informative newsletter.

The newsletter includes wine trivia, recipes, and feature stories. The glossy paper and professional photographs are nice touches.

As for the wine that we tried, both were from the Madrona label and were a 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2004 Merlot. I am a huge cab fan and was really looking forward to opening this one, so it was the first to be tasted. As many reds, it needed to breathe first, and I have to say, it needed much more breathing time than many of the good cabernets I've tried. It was also not a great stand-alone wine. After about 20-minutes, and served with food, it was enjoyable. The Merlot was better right out of the bottle -- it did not require as much breathing time. For $15+ bottles of wine, I was actually a bit disappointed. That being said, if I had received it as a gift, I would have been thrilled. The wine was decent, and the idea very unique and thoughtful.

The Gold Medal Wine Club offers different wines all the time, so just because one month's selection was not exceptional, that does not mean the next month's won't be. Also, I am really not a wine expert - I just know what I like - but I don't know what YOU like. So, if you are looking for a unique gift, maybe even for yourself, check 'em out!

1 comment:

patti_cake said...

I just recently became a wino er fan. This sounds like a great idea!