Question about wine clubs

This question is about wine club subscriptions (e.g. Lot18 and Zagat wine club), not a specific winery's wine club.

I love to drink wine and my taste leans to Pinot Noir. We live in the middle of the country and shopping is a major challenge for us. I order a lot online because shopping in our town and surrounding towns is so bad. For this reason, wine clubs are appealing to me because I can try many wineries and types of wine without having to drive anywhere. I have not yet joined one because I am concerned about the quality of the wine in the wine clubs. Can anyone speak to if the quality of the wine is commendable or not?

Thank you in advance
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There are tons of great wineries in Sonoma and else where that produce wonderful Pinot Noir who ship direct with out making a commitment to a wine Club. I would never leave the selections up to a club which will send you the Wines the wineries are looking to get rid of cheap in general.
Agree with above.

There was a thread on this last year I think. Stefaniawine mentioned that he was approached by clubs trying to buy his wine. If I remember correctly, he mentioned that these clubs try to buy wine from producers for extremely little money (e.g., $4) and then re-sell them to their club members at a dramatic markup (e.g., $15+)

Can't imagine you'll find any great wines here

That said, Wine Sellar and Brasserie in San Diego used to have a great "club" type service. Every 3 months, you would get a 6 or 12 pack with the price varying depending on the bottle you received up to some pre-set maximum. That exposed me to some really great juice. The prices they charged for the bottles were just below average retail but their selections were top notch.
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Originally posted by Parcival:

That said, Wine Sellar and Brasserie in San Diego used to have a great "club" type service.


Don't know about their club, but we enjoyed dinner there. Picked out a wine from the store and had it with dinner. Bought a couple to take with us.

As far as wine clubs go, forget them. If you're on a mailing list from a winery you like, that's a different animule.

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