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ADVERTISING: Advertorial — Uncork the benefits of a wine club membership

by LAURA OLSON/The Dinner Party
| May 1, 2024 1:00 AM

For wine lovers, few things are as exciting as discovering a new favorite bottle or region. However, navigating the vast world of wine can be intimidating, with thousands of labels and appellations to choose from. This is where joining a wine club can be a game-changer, offering a curated selection of bottles tailored to your palate.

It's important to note that while wine clubs offer incredible value and convenience, they are not a one-size-fits-all experience. Just as wines themselves vary greatly in terms of flavor profiles, terroir, and production methods, wine clubs can differ significantly in their offerings, pricing structures, and overall philosophies.

In our local area alone, there are numerous wine clubs to choose from, each catering to specific preferences and budgets. Some may focus exclusively on wines from a particular region, such as the Pacific Northwest or California's Central Coast, while others may offer a more global selection. Additionally, some clubs may emphasize organic, biodynamic, or natural wines, while others may prioritize more traditional winemaking methods. Pricing can also vary widely, with some clubs offering more budget-friendly options and others specializing in rare, premium bottlings.

The key is to explore the various wine club options available and find the one that best aligns with your personal tastes, budget, and desired wine experience. Don't be afraid to ask questions, read reviews, and even request sample bottles before committing to a membership.

Ultimately, the goal of any reputable wine club should be to provide a curated, educational, and enjoyable experience that helps you expand your wine horizons and discover new favorites along the way. By taking the time to find the right club for you, you'll embark on a truly rewarding journey through the world of wine.

At The Dinner Party, we have three tiers of wine club that our customers can choose from. Let's explore the three tiers offered by our wine club, each designed to cater to different levels of enthusiasm and budgets starting with our Explorer Club! The Explorer Club is the perfect starting point for those just beginning their wine journey or seeking affordable, high-quality wines. This quarterly club offers three bottles, two reds and one white, ranging from $20 to $25 each. With each release, you'll embark on a virtual tour of different wine regions, experiencing a diverse array of flavors and styles.

Recently, members were treated to a European adventure, with a crisp Liatiko from Greece, a elegant Gamay from the Beaujolais region of France, and a vibrant Verdejo from Spain's Rueda region. For our May club release, members take a trip south of the border, featuring a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, a complex and smoky Cabernet Franc from South Africa, and a rich, full-bodied Malbec from Argentina.

For those seeking to deepen their wine knowledge and explore more premium offerings, the Adventurer Club is the perfect next step. This quarterly club presents two red wines in the $45 to $65 range, allowing you to taste the nuances and complexities of higher-end bottles. In the latest release this past April, members had the opportunity to compare two exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon-forward blends: the Manifold from boutique winery, Furion Cellars, sourcing their grapes from the esteemed Red Mountain AVA in Washington, and the Rowan Red Blend from Cooley Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma County, California. This club release offered a unique opportunity to appreciate the influence of terroir on the character and flavor profiles of wines.

At the pinnacle of our wine club offerings is the Sommelier Club, catering to those seeking the most complex, age-worthy, and special-occasion wines. This quarterly club features one red wine priced between $125 and $185 per bottle, sourced from renowned vineyards and boutique wineries around the world. 

We curate all of our club selections with a focus on unique and hard-to-find bottles, transporting you on a journey through lesser-known wine regions, up-and-coming wineries, and those lesser-known varietals. Whether it's a bold and structured Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley or a delicate and nuanced Pinot Noir from Burgundy, our club offers a true taste of the exceptional.

We believe that wine is more than just a beverage; it's an experience, a journey of exploration and discovery. By joining one of our clubs, you'll embark on a guided tour through the world's most captivating wine regions, guided by passionate experts who share your enthusiasm for the vine.

Whether you're a novice seeking to expand your horizons or a seasoned oenophile in pursuit of the rarest and most coveted bottles, our wine club offers a curated selection tailored to your tastes and preferences. So, raise a glass and let us be your guide on this ever-unfolding journey through the world of wine. Stop by The Dinner Party Friday or Saturday this week and sip through our Explorer Club wines that we just released for our May club.

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Laura Olson is co-owner of The Dinner Party along with her partner, Joe Petersen. You can also follow us on Facebook at!/dinnerpartyshop or visit