Gold Medal Review

Top10.com StaffByTop10.com StaffOct. 15, 2019

In a Nutshell

Gold Medal Wine Club offers 6 different membership plans in which members can enjoy wine as they like it. All of the wines meet the company’s strict selection criteria and are available for customers at up to 40% off winery retail prices. The memberships run the gamut, so whether you’re a wine novice, or a real connoisseur, you will be able to find the right plan for you.

pros

  • Six different pricing levels to choose from
  • Only family-owned wineries
  • More than 150 wineries to choose from

cons

  • Pricing can be higher than competitors
  • Someone 21 or older must be present to accept delivery
  • Shipping not included, and there is no set shipping cost

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Gold Medal Wine Club at a Glance

Price Range: $18 to as much as $100 per bottle, shipping not included

Best for: Trying out a wide variety of wines, buying wine-related gifts, getting a membership that really suits your specific tastes

Order Frequency: Monthly

Bottles per Shipment: 2 or 4, can also order gift baskets which have more than 4

Wine Types and Quality

Gold medal wine club includes a wide-range of wines from merlot to pinot to chardonnay to champagne. The wines are all from small-production and family-owned vineyards, including a large number of award-winning selections. Most of the wines come from California but the company also features a large number of wines from across the world, in particular if you sign up for the “International” plan.

Gold Medal Wine Club gives you many options for exploring the wonderful world of wine

Membership Options

Gold Medal Wine Club offers 6 different membership plans, and there is no minimum obligation. You can pre-order a set number of monthly shipments, or set up a membership that automatically renews every month until you cancel. 

The 6 options range from the entry-level “Gold” program, which features boutique California wines, to the “Diamond” plan, which ships what the company refers to as “93+ rated, luxury-premium, top-tier wines.”

In addition, the company offers the “Plus!” program that will add 1 bottle onto a scheduled delivery at any time during the year. The offer is for times when the company acquires a new, unique wine that it would like to highlight.

Pricing

The price you pay with Gold Medal Wine Club depends on which plan you signed up for, as well as which wines you selected within that plan, and how many bottles. Shipping isn’t included, and can vary widely depending on where you live and how many bottles you’re sending.

Plan type
Number of Bottles
Types  of Wine
Countries of Origin
Price of Membership
Shipping
Gold
2 or 4, can order red, white, or a mix
Pinot Noir, Cinsault, Chardonnay, Mourvedre, and more
US (California)
$39 per shipment
Not included, price determined by number of bottles and destination
Platinum
2 or 4, can order red or a red and white mix
Pinot Noir, Cinsault, Chardonnay, Mourvedre, champagne, and more
US (California)
$88-108 per shipment
Not included, price determined by number of bottles and destination
International
3, can order red or red and white mix
Pinot Noir, Cinsault, Chardonnay, Rose, Mourvedre, champagne, and more
Chile, France, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal
$65-$85 per shipment
Not included, price determined by number of bottles and destination
Garagiste
2 or 4, can order red or a red and white mix
Cabernet, Zinfandel, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, and more
US (California, Oregon, and Washington)
$65-$85 per shipment
Not included, price determined by number of bottles and destination
Pinot Noir
2 or 4 bottles (if ordering 4 bottles you will receive 2 of the same)
Pinot Noir
US (California), occasionally features international wine
$69-$89 per shipment
Not included, price determined by number of bottles and destination
Diamond
2 or 4 bottles, reds or almost always reds
Cabernet Sauvignon, red blends, Chardonnay, and more, all of them with ratings of 93+
US (California), occasionally features premium  international wines  
$175-205 per shipment
Not included, price determined by number of bottles and destination

Featured Wines

1. Mengler 2018 Chardonnay

This unoaked, Chablis-style Chardonnay hails from sustainably farmed Stuhlmuller Vineyards in Sonoma. Hand-picked and foot-stomped grapes anchor this award-winning wine that has a crisp, fruity flavor with a light finish. 

Cost per bottle: $22

2. Comartin 2014 Red Blend 

A special-barrel selection known as GSM, Comartin’s Red Blend is a combination of Grenache, Syrah, and a touch of Mourvedre for structure. The Red Blend has been aged 17 months in oak barrels and boasts a fruity aroma with floral notes and a berry finish.  

Cost per bottle: $29

3. Modus Operandi 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon  

A robust, multifaceted 96-point Cabernet from Napa with aromas of rose, mushroom, salumi, and dark chocolate. The Modus Operandi has a dark violet color, round body, and a molasses finish with heavy oak flavors. Perfect for aging. 

Cost per bottle: $92

Giving the Gift of Wine

You have a wide range of gifting options with Gold Medal Wine Club, which are by no means limited to just wine. You can buy a wide range of gift baskets (they’re actually boxes, but you get the idea), such as the “Sinful Zinfandel & Chocolate Truffles” box which costs $107.99 and includes 2 bottles of high-scoring Zinfandel beside a case of 8 handmade artisanal truffles. 

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Customer Service

For customer service you can send an online query or contact the company by phone, fax, or email. Your easiest option though may be the live chat Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Pacific Standard Time.   

Bottom Line

Gold Medal Wine Club sets itself apart from its wine club rivals by offering a wider variety of membership options and wines than just about anybody out there. And while the price point can be high and there isn’t a set shipping price,you still should be able to find a setup that suits your tastes. Also, the company has a truly impressive set of gift options for the wine lover in your life (which can be you, nothing wrong with ordering a gift for yourself). 

Top10.com StaffByTop10.com StaffJun. 18, 2019
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