In Europe, wine appreciation and wine making have always been considered an art form akin to a muscular Rodin sculpture or a delicate Monet water lily. Back in the states, while there are wine aficionados concentrated in the Napa Valley and Finger Lakes regions, the fine art of terra firma and extraction has only recently exploded like a champagne cork onto the culinary scene. The upper-class, elitist veneer that has always been a part of wine culture, merci Bordeaux, grazie Italy, has begun to slowly crumble like a well-paired Gruyere, and people are realizing that they do not need to be professional tasters and connoisseurs to appreciate a good bottle of wine or pair it with the right food.
For those who take an interest in wine, The Gold Medal Wine Club is doing its part to make wine appreciation and distribution easier around the United States. The Gold Medal Wine Club narrows its focus and concentrates only on small, California wineries. It celebrates rare wines, award-winning grapes and small, family-run vineyards. More important, it makes those specialty wines available to people throughout the country. Whether it is a gift for that distant uncle who waxes romantic about the sunny and palm-lined streets of California every time he sips a pinot noir, or for a personal wine cellar, a free shipping code will ensure that two bottles of wine are delivered to your house every month. Each bottle is selected from The Gold Medal Wine of the Month Club, and it is at your house in time to be paired with a rack of lamb, Chilean sea bass or Chicken a la Romana.
The Gold Medal Wine Club is divided into five distinct categories, and each category focuses on a different type of superb, award-winning wine. It is composed of the Gold Wine Club, Pinot Noir, Platinum, International and Diamond Club. While the Gold Club represents the most popular wines of the month, the Diamond Club focuses on only top-of-the-line, highly rated wines. By offering this many types of niche clubs under its company umbrella, The Gold Medal Wine Club is presenting a wide variety of different wine experiences. It provides a chance for you to test, sample, pair and experiment with a range of different flavors and aromas. Wine appreciation does not need to be a droning seminar in upper-class snobbery and yacht clubs, but one of life's simple pleasures that everyone can enjoy.
With more than 200 million shipments since 1992, The Gold Medal Wine Club is blazing a path as America's number-one independent wine club. It is the place you go when you are searching high and low for that esoteric bottle just recently featured in Wine Spectator. The Gold Medal Club's gift baskets and accessories also make ideal gifts for friends and family. While we have always sipped wine in America, its popularity has soared in the past decade. Just as the foodies and locovore movement have changed the way we think about food, The Gold Medal Wine Club has altered how we approach wine.