Friday, September 18, 2015

Product Review of Wine Samples

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Product Being Reviewed

Today I am doing a product review of the wine samples I received.

Review Disclosure 

I was given two free bottles of wine in exchange for an honest review.

The Company's Representation

The following promotional information was provided by the company.® searches the world to bring you the best. You’ll be proud to give a gift that consistently delivers high quality products, and that’s exactly what our monthly gift clubs offer. Each featured selection in all six of our clubs are chosen by individual product panels formed by industry experts. We’ve been providing unique, memorable, reoccurring gifts since 1994. Giving a gourmet gift has never been easier. Give a great gift, even if it’s a gift for you! Enjoy the anticipation of the next month’s selections, the explorative nature of our service, and of course, the experience of tasting our international wine selections, craft brewed beers, world-class chocolates, hand-rolled cigars and artisanal cheeses.
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    How Do The Clubs Work?

    You can join one of the monthly clubs yourself, or give a membership as a gift. According to the company's FAQ page:
    You may choose any fixed duration from 2 to 12 months for any of our six clubs, or an open-ended membership that is ongoing until you choose to end it. You may cancel a membership at any time after the first 2 shipments have been delivered. Flexible ordering allows you to send or receive shipments monthly, every other month, quarterly, or even on specific months when you Design Your Own Club™.
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    The company has a custom option which allows you to create a personalized membership by combining any or all of their six monthly clubs into one membership using their Design Your Own Club™ program. Choose from our cheese, wine, beer, chocolate, flower and cigar of the month clubs.

    Product Delivery and Packaging

    The package I received came via FedEx, and I was required to sign for it since it contained alcohol. Of course the recipient of the wine or beer club packages must be 21 years of age or older. Recipients of cigar memberships need to be 18 years of age.

    The box contained two bottles of wine which were carefully crated in bottle shaped molded cardboard as shown below. The package also included cellar notes for each bottle along with food pairing suggestions and recipes. It was nice that there was so much information included for each wine.

    Wine Selections Received

    I was sent one red and one white wine. Both were standard size bottles.

    CRU Appelation Series Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2011 - USA

    The tasting notes for this wine stated:
    Made from hand-picked fruit and barrel fermented, this mature Chardonnay offers an enticing nose of green apple, tangerine, melon and freshly baked bread. It displays an excellent balance of fruit and refreshing acidity in the mouth, and requires only a few minutes of aeration to reveal plenty of white peach, fig, and melon flavors - all wrapped in a subtle patina of oak. The gentle minerality of the Santa Lucia Highlands also comes through in this wine, which only adds to its overall appeal.
    When I first tasted this wine I thought it was nice, but maybe not one I would buy again. However, after it aerated for a few minutes, I liked it a lot more. In my opinion the predominate fruit flavor I detected was melon.

    The notes said that it pairs well with poultry, pasta, and rich seafood dishes, although I sipped on the wine after my dinner instead of dessert!

    The recipe that was included for this wine was veal portofino. It only has 9 ingredients and has a simple preparation.

    I checked my Drync application and found only 1 review for this wine. They gave it a 3 out of 4 stars. I did add my own review, which was also 3 out of 4 stars. I saw that it retails for $25.99. This is slightly more than I like to pay for an everyday Chardonnay, but I would buy this for a special occasion.

    Chateau Sainte Eulalie Plaisir d'Eulalie Minervois 2014 - France

    The tasting notes for this wine stated:
    The 2014 opens up with aromatic fireworks from the moment it is poured: black cherry and strawberry fruit mingle with violet and dried Provencal herbs to delight the nose. Full of juicy ripe flavors and soft tannins, the 2014 Plaisir once again strikes the ideal balance between fruit and acidity. 
    As recommended on the Cellar Notes for this wine, we aerated this wine for about 15 minutes before drinking. It is recommended that you pair this wine with stews, grilled meats, flavorful pastas, and most chicken, beef, lamb, and pork dishes. In other words, this wine should work well with almost any food. We enjoyed drinking this light wine with a grilled porterhouse steak. We usually pair grilled beef steaks with a cabernet savignon, but for those who prefer a lighter red, this one is an excellent option.

    The recipe that was included for this wine was Pecan-crusted Pork Tenderloin. The recipe looked delicious, but we could not try it since my granddaughter who lives with us is allergic to pecans. :(

    My Drync app showed 7 reviews for this wine. It scored 3.9 out of 4 stars. I did add my review of 4 stars! The app stated that this wine retails for $14.99.

    Overall Opinion of the Club Experience 

    I had a positive experience with the wine club offering. I was excited when my package arrived and anxious to see what was included in the box. I enjoyed reading the cellar notes, but most of all my husband and I enjoyed the wine! We are now considering joining the wine club and curious about the other monthly clubs they offer.

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