Gold Medal Wine Club delivers 2-3 bottles of wine to your door either monthly or quarterly depending on your preference. Prices range from $35 to $74 per month or $75 to $179 per quarter. They offer many, many subscription options, each focusing on different kinds of wine (variety, rating, origin).
This is a review of Gold Medal’s International Wine Club. It ships quarterly at a cost f $75 a quarter. Each shipment contains three bottles from a respected international winemaker.
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This subscription comes with a magazine called The Wine Press. The mini-mag features the winemakers and selections appearing in this month’s club boxes. This issue showcased wines from New Zealand.
Information was provided for all three wines in our box. Our three selections were from Mission Estate in New Zealand. The wine-making tradition at Mission dates back to the 19th century, making it the oldest winemaker in the country!
The Wine Press talks a bit about the winemakers behind the selections, their recent awards, and their philosophy – the winemakers even contributed some recipes that pair well with their wines.
The wine regions are spotlighted, too, with emphasis on the geographic and weather peculiarities that set the region apart.
The Winemaker spotlight is quite extensive – there is a lot to learn in the Wine Press.
Here are the 3 bottles of wine this month! Unless it is a new vintage that has yet to go up for judging, every wine in the club has received awards or commensurate acclaim from industry-recognized publications or authoritative organizations.
2014 Mission Estate Pinot Noir: This New Zealand Pinot Noir has soft tannins and exhibits flavors of red cherry, strawberries, and spice. It exhibits the lighter body and subtle acidity associated with wines from Marlborough, NZ.
New Zealand wines are best consumed while young. Mission Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown in the Pisa region of Central Otago, the Southernmost wine-growing region in the world, where Pinot Noirs are known to be refreshingly youthful and blended from fresh fruit.
2014 Mission Estate Cabernet Franc: Cabernet Franc is often overlooked as a stand-alone wine, but this robust version is worthy of attention. Flavored of cassis and red fruit, this full-bodied wine is aged 12 months in French oak.
The grapes for this wine come from one of Mission’s three Hawke’s Bay vineyards.
2014 Mission Estate Sauvignon Blanc: This white from Mission Estate is great paired with shellfish, vegetables and some cheeses. It is slightly effervescent, with a bit of acidity, with a dry finish. It has a light, clean, and very dry.
The Gold Medal Wine Clubs are a great way to receive great wines with no headache. The literature accompanying the wines is quite instructive and imparts a lot of wine knowledge. I love the selections, too. The club sends high-rated wines only – this month’s International Wine Club had three highly-rated, exclusive imports. They cover many different regions and varietals, but the common thread is that everything is delicious (and judged by experts to be so)!