If you’re cracking open a bottle of wine on a regular basis, you probably have a small cellar or rack for adequate storage. If so, we have several suggestions from a few local wine clubs who hand-pick the perfect bottles of wine to help keep your cellar stocked and your glasses full.
Explore Tessa’s Office wine boutique, a quaint little shop located in downtown Rochester. Although the boutique is small in size, there are more than 140 bottles of wine from around the world, all hand-picked by Tessa Leung and her team of wine experts.
Tessa’s Office offers a three-tiered wine club, each with a clever title. The first tier is known as the Bud Break, which in wine terminology means when the grape starts its annual growth cycle. The first tier is an introduction to fabulous wines that won’t break the bank. Each month, you receive three bottles of wine for $50. Leung and her team selected three Spanish wines for the month of May, and for June there are three bottles of wine from Sonoma.
Leung says, “Spain has traditionally been considered old world wine; however, with Spain becoming one of the leaders of modern culinary cuisine, their wines have also benefitted from this revolution. Now they have really high-quality wine with the old vines and old-world knowledge. They now have new ways of expressing their fruit.”
The second tier, Hang Time, is a step up from entry level with three bottles of wine for $75 a month. Leung says the wines are refined and elegant and are perfect for those who like to adventure. The name of the third tier is Veraison, which means the grape berries have changed colors. The team is currently researching this tier and hopes to have it available soon.
WINERY WINE CLUBS
Cannon River Winery’s quarterly wine club includes two bottles (one red, one white) of reserve wine. You can participate at the quarterly pick-up parties with featured appetizers, wine tastings, the opportunity to meet the wine maker and vineyard manager and get 20 percent off all winery purchases. CReW wine club membership comes with a complimentary tableside tasting for six once a year, a tasting for four during the member’s birthday month and a free glass of wine on your birthday. If you can’t make it there for the quarterly pick-up parties, you can have your wine shipped.
You can join Villa Bellezza’s wine club by purchasing a case of wine at a 20 percent discount, not including tax and shipping. The 12 bottles are sent as quarterly shipments of three or 12 bottles at once. Membership to the club provides you with information on member-only events, access to a newsletter, simple phone-in ordering, gift packs and discounts on wine bottle purchases in their tasting room.
Alexis Bailly’s wine club ships twice a year, in the spring and fall, with six bottles of new release and/or reserve wines. Membership includes complimentary wine tasting for you and up to three guests, additional discounts on wine purchases and special events along with the wine maker’s notes.
Seven Hawks membership allows you to choose from their white, red, blush and dessert wines. You can also choose mixed cases. Membership provides wine on a bimonthly schedule. Discounts vary according to the season or holiday, and shipping is free in some areas.
LOCAL LIQUOR STORES
Purchase a stylish nylon wine bag from Northwest Liquors and get 10 percent off your wine purchase. Discover new wines at Andy’s Liquor every Saturday at their complimentary tasting. Purchase a case of wine and receive 15 percent off.
The wine club at Apollo Wine & Spirits offers 20 percent off all cases of wine, 15 percent off seven bottles and 10 percent off any single bottles. Ari Kolas says they offer discounts on wine on all year long, and wine club members also get 5 percent off any liquor purchase.
TESSA’s OFFICE WINE CLUB
Wines of the Month
May – Spain
- Honoro Vera Jumilla Merlot
- Nisia, Rueda Verdejo
- Volver, Paso a Paso Tempranillo
- Toro Romanico
- Pazo San Mauro, Rias Baixas Albarino
- Marques de Vargas, Rioja Crianza
June – Sonoma
- Matello Ribbon Ridge Pinot Gris
- Eola Hills Pinot Gris
- AVV Temptation Zinfandel
- Brooks, Eola-Amity Hills Amycas
- Brooks, Runaway Red Pinot Noir
- Colene Clemens Vineyard
Nicole L. Czarnomski is a freelance writer in the Rochester area who enjoys learning about wine from grape to glass.