Thinking of starting 2013 with a wine club membership for yourself or as a gift for a fellow wine lover? Afraid of commitment? Looking for special access to members only wines? Discounts? Today, we compare some online and local options, all of which have free membership.
Page Spring Cellars Page Spring Cellars offers three levels of membership: Friends, Family and Cellar Door. They also have an "inner circle" membership, but that's by invitation only. (Sad face.) According to their website the Friends level membership is full at this time. All membership levels are free to join but require a one year commitment. Membership includes discounts on all wine purchases, free tastings in the tasting room, access to special wines before release and members only wines, exclusive invitations to special events, pre-sale and reduces price tickets for their annual Harvest Festival. Page Springs ships to 24 states, but currently membership is currently only open to Arizona residents, which is a little strange but does make one feel a little special.
The Family Club level offers 15% discount on regular Page Springs wine purchases and your quarterly wine shipment will not to exceed $110-$125 (prior to tax & shipping). You get 18 bottles of wine per year in quarterly shares of bottles chosen by a winemaker. It is also possible to pick up your quarterly share in Cornville; the schedule for distributions is February, May, September and December.
Right now Page Springs Cellars has a website special: Sign up as an Arizona Shipping Member online and receive free shipping on your Wine Club Releases through the end of 2012! You must live in AZ and select "shipping" as your delivery method to qualify. They also have a $20 credit if you sign up before December 31, 2012.
Overall grade: B+ We like the prices, generous discount and local support, however it can also be frustrating not to know exactly what you're getting each quarter.