Living in the Napa Valley, most people naturally assume I am a wine snob. The truth is, I like my Two Buck Chuck as much as the next person. I know what tastes I like, but I’m not always sure of varietals or wineries. Mostly I stick to what I know or what someone recommends.
I was thrilled when Uncorked Ventures asked me to review their Explorations Wine Club. Mark and Matt of Uncorked Ventures head out into the California, Oregon and Washington’s wine country to find little-known but excellent vineyards, develop lasting relationships with the proprietors and gain access to limited production wines others cannot.
The Exploration Wine Club includes 2 bottles of wine – 1 red and 1 white and sells for $40 per shipment. You can choose the frequency – either once a month, every other month or once a quarter. Any way you go it’s still only $40 per shipment.
Discover the beauty of wine Exploration, knowing that you’re going to receive 90+ point quality in every bottle and top value under $50. From the hidden gems uncovered by Mark and Matt in their journeys through California, Oregon and Washington wine country, Uncorked Ventures’ Exploration wine club brings you a delicious bottle of red and white every month (yes, sometimes there are two red wines), every other month, or quarterly as you desire.
The experience of Exploration is visceral and personal, yet one that is perfect for sharing. For those who enjoy consistent performance highlighted with the brush of the New, this wine club is sure to please.
Tasting notes and winery information are provided for knowledge and conversation. If you’ve yearned for the pleasure of expanding your wine palette and want to take a rewarding step into the world of wine beyond what your grocery store or typical wine clubs can offer, then the Exploration wine club is for you.
Written by Mark Aselstine
In my Explorations Wine Club box I received a bottle of Chatom Vineyards 2012 Calaveras County Semillon and a bottle of Easton H House 2007 California Red Wine. Art and I thought it would be fun to get together with some friends and have a wine tasting.
Bruce and Cyndi hosted and provided a delicious torta and some other antipasti. We brought the wine and a meat and cheese tray. Blaine brought some Chinese takeout, lol.
The wine came with tasting notes, which we read before we poured each glass. I appreciated the descriptions of the Sierra Foothills grape growing region, as well as the individual wineries. In addition, the tasting notes explain the makeup of the wine (for example, the Easton H House Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah). Next, the notes give a hint of what flavors you may taste.
With each wine I jotted down our guest’s thoughts. First up was the white:
Light & fruity
Refreshing, not overpowering
After a few drinks of water and some appetizers, we opened the red. Following are the guest’s thoughts:
No bite – really good with food
All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The wine was delightful and the tasting notes were very helpful. I think it would be fun to get the Wine Club from Uncorked Ventures from time to time in order to get great ideas on new wines to try.
Check out the Wine Club from Uncorked Ventures on their website.
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