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11 New Clubs For Wine Newbies and Somm Wannabes

Wine clubs that deliver wine to your front door have been around longer than the internet. The first were mail-order clubs, akin to a book of the month club. Then they began migrating online. Now, there’s a new breed of wine clubs that uses technology and algorithms to pinpoint the best wine for you. Think Stitch Fix or Amazon for wine, with personalization as the new mantra. Here are 11...

San Francisco Chronicle: Which Wine Club Is Right For You?

Plonk Established: 2010 Former wine marketer Etty Lewensztain focuses on organic and biodynamic wines from small producers. Customers can choose either the “curated” club, letting Lewensztain surprise them (though they can still specify red or white), or the “grape variety” club, which comes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc — and may include some “doppelganger” grapes (e.g. Dolcetto in the Pinot Noir shipment; Tannat with Cabernet). With grapes like...

San Francisco Chronicle: The New Generation of Wine Clubs for The Bay Area

For its monthly release party, Foot of the Bed Cellars recently took over the Pacific Felt Factory, an 1865 Mission District warehouse that now houses art studios. Members of the 4-month-old wine club roamed the studios, mingling with the artists, glasses of Pinot Blanc in hand. They munched on hummus and satay. When it was time to leave, each picked up the box of wine labeled with her name and...

Wine Enthusiast: Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers 2016

From winemakers to distillers, importers to distributors and sommeliers to cicerones, meet the country's latest tastemakers. These are the forward-thinking men and women who are changing how America imbibes.

Exploring Life's Mysteries: Take a Tasting Adventure - Best Wine Clubs Reviews

Are you a wanna-be wine connoisseur? Or just tired of the limited selection at your local market? Wine is one of life’s great pleasures—and mysteries. How do winemakers transform grapes into such superb sipping sensations? If you’re a wine lover and want to explore beyond the normal retail offerings, you should consider joining a wine club. You might be amazed at the variety of tastes, aromas, grape types, growing regions,...

Wine Geographic: 9 Amazing Online Wine Clubs From Affordable to Exciting

A good wine club can be almost as valuable as a close relationship with your local wine shop—perhaps even more so. The best online wine clubs not only put serious effort into collecting the most appealing wines, they also prepare extensive guides and educational resources and provide top-notch customer service, even allowing you to return the bottles you didn’t enjoy.

Coravin.com: Wine Clubs

Ever thought of joining a wine club? Wine clubs are great alternatives for those who want to experiment with various wine styles but who don’t have time - or the desire - to browse in local wine shops. It’s an extremely convenient way to explore wine, often for a great price. To help you determine which club you should join, or if a wine club is even a fit for...

The Huffington Post: Buy Wine Like a Pro This Holiday Season Using These New-Age Offerings

An estimated 40% of Americans are wine drinkers. But most people simply don’t have the expertise to make an informed wine purchase. For years, boutique wine shops bridged this gap by offering professional help at the counter, with the cost of this service built into each bottle. Now, companies like Plonk Wine Club offer a similar service, digitally. “Plonk distinguishes itself by offering buyers the option of letting us, the...

Vinology.com: Holiday Wine Gift Guide for 2015

Let me state this flat out: I am not a fan of wine clubs. As a general rule, they are not good values and the wine selections are pedestrian.  However, I understand why wine clubs are popular. It’s an easy gift for a wine lover: It takes away the stress of purchasing wine as a gift. So I made a challenge for myself. Are there any wine clubs out there that rise to the level of “Wine...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Gift Ideas for the Wine Lover on Your List

The adventurous wine drinker on your gift list will be grateful for a subscription to Plonk Wine Club, which specializes in small-batch wines with a focus on natural and biodynamic choices. "No mass commercial wines," California-based founder Etty Lewensztain said during a recent phone conversation. "And we're passionate about indigenous grape varieties." Monthly selections might include gems such as a luscious red Souson from Spain or an elegant Portuguese white made of...

Real Simple: 6 Food Subscriptions for Holiday Giving

Delight the oenophile in your life—and ensure they're never without something to sip—with this club specializing in interesting small-producer wines. Subscriptions can be tailored to focus on reds, whites, or mixed selections—and, because Plonk's emphasis is on affordable wines, your recipient just might find a new house favorite.

Wine.net: 11 Best Wine Gift Ideas For the Wine Buff Who Can’t Get Enough

Do you have a best friend or family member who is a total wine buff? Do you struggle year after year trying to figure out what to get them during the holidays? If so (or if you’re a wine buff looking to TREAT. YO. SELF.), look no further than our 11 Best Wine Gift Ideas for the Wine Buff Who Can’t Get Enough! The team at wine.net has carefully culled through a...

Forbes: An Updated Guide To The Best Wine Clubs

If you want to explore wine and taste selections from a range of regions, joining a wine club is a terrifically convenient way to do those things. The wine club business is more competitive than ever, with myriad choices that offer very different experiences. After reviewing several clubs and quizzing them on everything from their return policies to their shipping challenges, I’ve come to view the better ones as akin to...

Mantelligence.com: The 10 Best Wine of the Month Clubs Right Now

I think we can both agree: Having unique, delicious, high quality and exciting new bottles of wine, delivered right to your doorstep each month, is one of the most amazing services ever conceived. Luckily for wine lovers, multiple wine of the month clubs have popped up over the past 10 years. This increase in competition has led to the emergence of a few (10 to be exact) elite monthly wine clubs.

Must Wine Blog: Plonk Wine Club - The Answer To Your Boring Wine Life

I found Plonk after wading through the sea of mediocre wine clubs online and I couldn't be happier that I did. I'm more than comfortable saying that it's the most interesting wine club available in the US today. Founder Etty Lewensztain focuses on boutique wineries producing unique wines from all over the world, many of which are hard to find, even in a great wine market like my home base...

Food Republic: 8 Online Wine Clubs Worth Subscribing To

Wine is the gift that keeps on giving – especially when the wine keeps coming all year. A wine club subscription makes the perfect gift for oenophiles and wine novices alike – so long as you live in a state that allows direct wine shipments from online retailers and wineries. Wine clubs can be a great way to boost one’s wine knowledge or just keep your favorite wine lover well...

Forbes: A Guide to Joining the Best Wine Clubs

C’mon, join the club…but which club should you join, is a wine club even a fit for you, and do they really offer better deals on wine? If you are adventurous about your wine consumption then you should consider joining a wine club. The wine club can in fact be an excellent choice for an individual who wants to experiment with various styles of wine but has little to no...

Organic Authority: 6 Sustainable Wine Picks For The Holidays, From An Expert

It’s crunch time for holiday menu planning, and you’re undoubtedly considering sustainable options for the table from appetizer to dessert. Often overlooked, the wine you serve with your special meal is just as important as the entrée. It’s what gets your party toasty and enhances those warm, spiced flavors of the meal. Etty Lewensztain, certified wine professional and owner of Plonk Wine Club spoke to us about hot sustainable wines that will...

Imbibe: Best Biodynamic Wines

Go global. In the past few years, winemakers from Austria to Argentina have embraced biodynamic winemaking, so where do you begin your tasting tour? If you’re new to biodynamic wine, Etty Lewensztain suggests looking to France. “To me, biodynamics automatically connotes France,” she says, “and the Loire Valley in particular stands out for its concentration of growers who embrace this style of winemaking.”

Forbes: Where to Buy Wine Online: The Top Eight Wine E-commerce Sites for Unique and Interesting Wines

What’s to like: Besides the elegantly designed, easy to navigate and information-rich web site, Plonk Wine Club is also a carefully curated selection of offbeat and affordable wines (all under $30) from around the world.  If you’re an intrepid wine explorer who knows that Garnatxa is Catalan Spanish for Grenache or that Blaufränkisch from Austria can be mighty tasty, then Plonk is for you.  It’s a bonus that the customer service is impeccable....

Wine & Spirits: 30 Under 30 Top New Talent in the Wine World

Etty Lewensztain sells plonk. On its face, that fact seems a little light on ambition, a kind of “aim low” approach. But there’s more to it. Acting on the desire to become a food writer, Lewensztain accepted a job with the publicity firm RF|Binder in New York, which had just taken on Wines of Chile as a client. She was thrust into the wine orbit, assisting journalists on wine tours...

Tasting Table: Video Store - An Online Wine Boutique with Slashed Prices

Shopping for affordable wine online is a bit like Internet dating. Although there's no shortage of available options, the reality on your doorstep can end up being very different from what looked appealing on the screen. Plonk Wine Club, however, is a welcome alternative to the impersonal warehouse wine sites that dominate the online market. Its founder, Etty Lewensztain, has seamlessly translated the experience of browsing through a quirky boutique wine...

FOOD & WINE: Smart New Wine Innovators

F&W's Megan Krigbaum tracks down an expert wine tour guide, a brilliant sommelier-turned-inventor and a new online wine shop with super-value bottles.

Thrillist Los Angeles: Plonk Wine - Great Wines, For Under $30

It's always exciting to find a bargain, whether it's a diamond in the rough bistro on a quiet street, or a diamond-studded rolex you bought off the street for 20 bucks when the dude totally said it was worth five grand. Sucker. Adding quality wine to that list: Plonk wine. Just online right now, Plonk's a discount wine-shop (all vino under $30 a bottle) focused on biodynamic/organic/hard-to-findness with a shload of...