90 Plus Wine Club Review

Top10.com StaffByTop10.com StaffAug. 25, 2019

In a Nutshell

90 Plus Wine Club is a wine club that supplies some of the finest wines the Napa Valley has to offer to its foreign members. All wines are pre-selected and have a 90+ rating from the best wine critics in the area. The beauty of this wine club is that it provides lower shipping rates, offers a wider selection of high-quality wines, many of which are not available in Japan, and provides members with intriguing membership options.

pros

  • Affordable option
  • Varietals from the Napa Valley and surrounding areas
  • Good membership benefits

cons

  • High membership fees
  • Confusing ordering process for individual bottles

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90 Plus Wine Club at a Glance

Price Range: $18-$135

Best For:  Wine lovers who want high quality, variety, and pre-selected varietals

Order Frequency: Twice annually for auto-shipments, intermittent otherwise

Bottles per Shipment: Individual, 12 per case

Wine Types & Quality

90 Plus Wine Club has a wide range of wine varietals grown in the rich Napa Valley and its surrounding areas. The collection comes from an assortment of vineyards and heavily favors red wines, but also includes whites and a few roses. 90 Plus Wine Club doesn't work with just any vineyard. Instead, it establishes a relationship with each vineyard partnered with to provide the best possible wines to its members. In fact, 90 Plus Wine Club even works with the vineyards, fine-tuning their offerings, thinning crops, adding or subtracting rows where necessary, and improving upon the planting, growing, and harvesting practices until each partner produces the finest grapes.

Some of the labels you’ll frequently find on 90 Plus Wine Club include:

  • Domaine Carneros (reproduction of a French Chateau)
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon blanc
  • Zinfandel
  • Rhone varietals

In addition to the standard bottles, 90 Plus Wine Club also has 29 lovely premium selections to choose from, ranging from the current collection of June 2019, reaching back to January 2010. Beyond these collections, 90 Plus Wine Club offers a specialty bottle once every quarter. These selections are unique blends that aren't available through the more traditional retail outlets, so they're usually something special that wine collectors will enjoy.

These bottles range in price based on the varietal, year, and other details. At the time of this writing, the special offer was a bottle of Chardonnay from the Rutherford Ranch Winery ‘s 2015 collection. A full-bodied wine with bright acidity and an elegant finish, this chardonnay was a Double Gold San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition award winner.

Membership Options

In addition to individual orders, 90 Plus Wine Club offers serious wine connoisseurs the option to join its elite club. Membership benefits include automatic shipments, lower shipping rates, and access to local wine storage services in Japan. Additionally, members will enjoy special invitations to VIP wine tours held by the 90 Plus Wine Club exclusively for its members, concierge services within Napa and the surrounding areas, invites to wine seminars and tastings, and entry into the tri-annual wine tastings help by 90 Plus Wine Club.

There are two types of membership plans available, Wine Member and Platinum Member. Membership benefits will be discussed below.

Pricing

One aspect of joining the 90 Plus Wine Club is the savings you'll enjoy. Members get a significant discount on shipping for all orders placed. The 90 Plus Wine Club also provides members with discounts on the individual wines ordered from the collections. Here's a breakdown of the membership plans available from 90 Plus Wine Club:

Plan
Bottles
Price per bottle
Total Price
Shipping
Wine Member
12 per shipment, shipped twice annually
$200-$300
Varies based on actual wines in shipment
$180 per shipment
Platinum Member
12 bottles per shipment, shipped three times annually
$200-$300
Varies based on actual wines in shipment
$150 per shipment

The 2 membership levels work as follows:

  • Wine Member

The standard Wine Member membership costs $300 upon signup and has an annual fee of $100. At this level, members will receive two shipments of a single 12-bottle case each year. Wines range from $600-$700 per case generally, with freight and import taxes costing approximately $180 per case. This is significantly discounted, considering these taxes usually cost $250-$350. Membership benefits include wine storage services within Japan, invitations to special wine tours in the Napa Valley, concierge services within the Napa and surrounding area, invitations to wine seminars and tastings in Japan, and a complimentary ticket to the tri-annual wine tastings held by 90 Plus Wine Club.

  • Platinum Member

Platinum members enjoy three instead of two shipments per year with lower freight and import taxes, only $150 per shipment. Membership fees for this level are $200 per year and a $600 registration fee. Platinum membership benefits include all of the standard member benefits plus, an additional wine tasting invitation, priority on special offer wines, private dinner at a designated winery with the owner, vertical wine tasting with a winery and winemaker, wine tours, and more.

90 Plus Wine Club also allows you to re-order wines that you’ve enjoyed in the past. There is a one-case minimum for re-ordering, but the case can be a mix of any twelve bottles from the previous premium selection, as long as you choose three bottles of each wine type for the case. 90 Plus Wine Club gives members a 10% discount on orders of $600 or more, providing further savings.

Annual membership fees and registration fees are charged at the beginning of the first year. The following year’s annual fees are waived, assuming you’ve ordered at least a case within the membership year.

Featured Wines

90 Plus Wine Club offers wine lovers an exciting cross-section of Napa Valley and its surroundings' most delightful varietals. Here are three interesting selections from the collection:

1. Rutherford Ranch Winery Chardonnay 2015

Coster per bottle: $24

Goes great with: The versatility of this chardonnay means that it pairs beautifully with a wide variety of foods, including chicken, grilled fish, creamy vegetable soups, or a light spread of cheeses.

2. Moone Tsai Howell Mountain Hillside Blend 2015

Coster per bottle: $129

Goes great with: With a ruby red blend, dark bing cherry and plum aromas, and just a hint of vanilla, nutmeg, and coriander, the Howell Mountain Hillside Blend is accented by rich pomegranate, tamarind, and baking spices. With so much flavor, this varietal pairs well with chicken and other lighter meats and roasted vegetables.

3. Adrian Fog Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir

Coster per bottle: $75

Goes great with: The Oppenlander Vineyard pinot noir illustrates the power of a complex cool climate on the flavor of pinot noir. A truly intense wine, aged in French oak for 16 months, this bottle gives rise to black currants, deep red cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and a slight hint of cocoa. Pair this wine with salmon, pasta dishes, duck, or stews.

Giving the Gift of Wine

90 Plus Wine Club doesn’t currently offer any special gift certificates for wine deliveries to friends and family.

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Customer Service

90 Plus Wine Club offers customer support on several levels, including phone, email, and online contact form. Members and non-members can reach out to the support team for any questions and assistance.

Bottom Line

90 Plus Wine Club is an excellent wine club that provides wine lovers with an easy way to get versatile and flavorful wines in the area. Pre-selected and highly rated, wine connoisseurs will appreciate the wide variety of quality wines from a range of vineyards across the Napa Valley. 90 Plus Wine Club's collection is made up of a rich portfolio of wines from cabernet sauvignon to the simple pinot noir. Add to that the membership benefits and deep discounts, and 90 Plus Wine Club is a rising star among the industry's greatest.

Top10.com StaffByTop10.com StaffJun. 18, 2019
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