May 24 2012
We were shipped a Zagat Wine Club to try and this is our one-hundred percent honest and accurate review of their wine, shipping, free gifts, and more. We even took some pictures along the way, so keep on reading to find out our thoughts on this club.
Here is me opening my shipment:
The best part so far is the tasting notes guide that comes with each wine shipment. This guide has flavor and aroma information which is very helpful in locating all of the tastes of the wine.
This guide also teaches you about the grapes and wineries the wines came from. This is why the Zagat Club makes such a wonderful gift.
More on the tasting notes later…
Another great thing is that the wine is from all over the world. One night I am drinking a bottle from Italy and the next night I am enjoying a wine from Argentina.
Also, you get a FREE cheese board and knife set! (pictured below)
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Zagat Wine Club
To RECAP, the club offers:
- 15 high quality bottles of wine
- Option for all red, all whites, or a variety pack
- A FREE cheese board and knife set (pictured below)
- Tasting notes about each wine
- 100 percent satisfaction guarantee
Cheese Board and Knife Set
*UPDATE* Here is the most recent Zagat Wine I’ve tried:
I just recently cracked open a Monasterio de Santa Cruz 2007 and Grande Reserve de Gassac 2008.
The Santa Cruz 2007 is from the Spanish region of Tarragona, which lies on the Mediterranean, southwest of Barcelona. According to my tasting notes, this wine was to be served at 64 degrees F and could be paired with beef and cheese. That’s exactly what I did the other night and it was amazing. With an aroma of ripe plum and dark cherries, and a taste of layers of blackberry/chocolate flavor with tasty oak notes, I was enjoying this wine to the fullest.
The Grande Reserve was from France and was a tasty Cabernet blend. This wine was best paired with game and pork and had an aroma of forest fruit, plum, and hints of cedar and spice. There were flavors of ripe blackberry with a chocolaty edge and oaky finish.
Being able to open up a high quality bottle of wine, read through the tasting notes, and attempting to smell and taste each aroma and flavor was a great experience.
If you put a little effort into reading the tasting notes as you are drinking a bottle of Zagat’s wine, you’ll start to learn more about the flavors and aromas.
After a little practice, I was able to notice particular flavors and aromas in every wine I drank without reading any notes about the wine. My friends and family were quite impressed when I started talking about the flavors of a certain wine we had over the holidays.
One wine I particularly enjoyed was the Santa Ana Chardonnay Viognier which was a finalist in the Argentina Wine Awards. This wine has unique flavors of pineapple and vanilla French toast which I have never had before.
Not to mention, Zagat’s 2007 Bordeaux matched up perfectly with the steaks we cooked the other night. This Bordeaux is a Château La Rose Tour Blanche 2007.
Some of the other great wines they offer are a California Cabernet from 2007, a tasty Italian wine called Maskalzoni 2008, and a “wine in show” winner from Chile, called Casas del Bosque Sauvignon 2008.
After you get your introductory case, you have the option to cancel your membership or continue to receive wines every 3 months. The price for the first case is $69.99 and after that it goes up to $139.99 which is still much cheaper than the retail value of these wines at $179.
You’ll always receive tasting notes about every wine you are shipped, not to mention a guarantee that you’ll not pay for a wine you didn’t like. Here are the wonderful tasting notes and free wine glasses (now they are offering a FREE cheese board and knife set!) I received with my introductory offer:
After I drink each bottle, I take a picture and in the future will post a review of their individual wine tastes in the near future but so far the first few bottles have been delicious.
Zagat gives customers advance notice on all wine club shipments. If you do not like the wines coming in the next shipment, Zagat will be happy to switch out the wines for something else or even let you skip a shipment.
Also, the wine chosen for their club is often based on feedback from customers.
They have a guarantee that if their wine does not live up to your expectations, you’ll get your money back.
Obviously, you must be at least 21 years of age to order the club and the person signing for the delivery must also be 21 or older. Zagat will deliver the wine to your home or workplace, whichever is best for you.