Every wine enthusiast can remember the first time they experienced a high-end glass of wine. It's an experience that's hard to replicate for the rest of your life, just stopping at neighborhood wine shops and stores.
Wine Access opens the doors to some of the best wineries and regions in the world. Instead of giving you every wine available, they give you access to the finest wines from the most prized vineyards and the limited stocks of bottles that every wine cellar needs. Wine flows everywhere, so Wine Access gives you the best of it.
They also teach you how to be a wine expert you're on your way to becoming; with a team of experts writing about tricky subjects in a way that's understandable for all levels of wine lovers, you can dazzle your guests with tales of the Loire Valley and why some years were better for Riesling than others.
It's not your average wine retailer, so we compiled the most asked questions to answer for you. Here's everything you need to know about Wine Access.
How do they pick the wines?
Wines are chosen by an elite organization of wine experts, including master of wine candidates, writers, and a master sommelier, the highest rank given to wine experts in the world.
The Napa-based team tastes over 20,000 of the worlds best bottles a year, and only about 1 out of every 18 is deemed exceptional enough to be featured on the site. They taste wines from around the world in every grape imaginable, so you'll find a left bank Bordeaux you love just as much as a new varietal from a fresh region.
Is there a minimum amount of cases I need to buy?
Nope! There's no monthly fee, so no matter how much or how little you imbibe, you won't throw away money on a membership or extra wine you didn't need. There is a quarterly subscription option, but it's an optional entry to a specialty selection of wines. All wines are sold at a price negotiated to be lower than retailers, and bottles range from $15 to the upper echelons of rare wines in the thousands. Regardless of what you choose, it will be unique, delicious, and not something you easily come across in a wine shop. Plus, shipping is free if you buy 6 bottles or spend $125!
How will I know if I'll enjoy the wine?
Wine Access provides an in-depth tasting account, unlike any other. They offer stories about the vineyards' unique wine-making processes, critic reviews, and thorough tasting analysis that highlights the notes of the wine and offers aging suggestions and food pairings to create the perfect meal. With clear graphics that measure assets such as body, sweetness, and oak intensity, you'll have a stronger idea of what will please your palate than you'll ever get from the liquor shop. If you subscribe to their emails, you'll learn more about wines. And if a bottle falls short of your standards, Wine Access will refund you a credit for the amount.
Is there anything else I should know?
Yes! They have a daily Discover feature, with mega one-day sales on new and exciting wines. Sign up for the email list before they sell out...which they will.
Also, you must be 21 or over to accept wine.
Wine Access gives you a selection of the world's finest wines, and each and every delivery comes in special climate-controlled packaging, which guarantees that your wine is arriving in optimal condition.
If you prefer California Chardonnays or enjoy trying every fermented grape under the sun, Wine Access is going to make your wine-selecting process smoother than Syrah.
Special Offer: Wine Access is offering our readers a special discount on select wines this week. Click here to browse the selection.