Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Are you in the club?

I am no expert on wine clubs. In fact, due to budget I belong to exactly 2 wine clubs. Given my love of wine, this takes some diligence because if I could I would belong to far more. So, it really takes something special to move me to join a winery's wine club.

We have been fans of Fidelitas Wines for a long time. In fact, we are fans of most of the wines that Charlie Hoppes has a hand in. It was about 2 years ago we jumped onto the Fidelitas wine club and we have been enjoying the ride. I find myself comparing every other wine club I am looking to join to theirs. Let me tell you why.

Wine - You gotta have great wine and well, we have already established that. I mean, why are you considering this wine club in the first place?

Events - Fidelitas is based in Eastern WA. However they make sure to hold wine club events on both sides of the hill. Believe me, they know how to throw a good party. For example, last week we attended a wine club event at El Gaucho in Seattle. It was in celebration of their 10 anniversary and we were treated to library wines from 2000, 2001 & 2003. All are drinking exceptionally well.

People - Seriously, the people make the difference. Right after we joined the Fidelitas wineclub I needed some help putting together some gift baskets for our annual wine dinner. I had an idea in my head and Jess, our wine club concierge helped it all come together and our guests were so pleased. Also, Jess will arrange to meet me to pickup our wine shipments, saving me shipping costs. Most important is the friendships I have made with both Jess and Charlie.

I only wish I could make it over to the Fidelitas tasting room on Red Mountain more often. Especially this weekend as they will having their annual St. Fidelis celebration. If you are over in their neck of the woods, I urge you to go visit them for some great wine, good times & wonderful people.

I also urge you to check out some of your favorite winery's wine clubs. Most have generous perks for their members. If you love their wine and are buying their wine regularly anyway, then why not join their club and reap the benefits?

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