Life in the Lost World

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   Dec 04

California Wine Club – review and #giveaway ends 12/17

Disclosure: This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media and was not written while under the influence of these excellent wines. Thoughts are my own and I was under no obligation to post a positive review.  I received a 2 month Membership to the California Wine Club to facilitate this review.

Founded by Bruce and Pam Boring in 1990, the California Wine Club was born of the Boring’s growing frustration as they tried to find truly great wine. They were overwhelmed and frustrated by the options available, but always loved the recommendations received from their friends. Therefore, California Wine Club came into existence with the concept of “one friend recommending a great bottle of wine to another friend”.

I was blessed recently with a two month subscription to the California Wine Club. Read about my first month’s wines HERE. This month, my selections were from Daniel Gehrs Wines.

The Merlot is a wonderful Bordeaux-style blend of 87% Merlot, 9% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc. Merlot tends to go great with Italian food, pasta, and heavier dishes that include red meat. California Wine Club recommends Prime Rib. This wine is ready to drink this holiday season or can be allowed to age in the bottle for another 3 years, or longer, with proper storage.

The Chenin Blanc featured lovely aromas of plum, clover honey and wild flowers married to complex flavors of fresh pears and melon with a crisp zesty finish. The CWC recommends serving this wine with seasoned chicken, spicy Asian food, and seafood.

Note from Bruce and Pam – “Dan is one of California’s best winemakers…. these wines show why.”

My final thoughts on the California Wine Club – These last two months have been a delightful voyage for me, enabling me to try wines I might not have tried otherwise. I had a definite favorite, but thoroughly enjoyed trying them all and appreciated the opportunity.

The CWC thoughtful selections and attention to detail would make this a gift that I would purchase for nearly anyone on my holiday list (if I didn’t keep it for myself) and I recommend them without reservation.

Please visit for your holiday gifting needs. You may also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter!

The wonderful folks at CWC would like to introduce you to their wonderful service too and are generously offering one of my readers a $50 CWC Gift Certificate , U.S. only (must be 21 or older, sorry they cannot deliver to Utah). Thank you so much!

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  1. Barbara Stenby says:

    This looks so tasty wish I had some right now Azienda Agricola Baracchi 2009 Brut Rose

  2. Sarah Davis says:

    I’d like to try a wine from the diamond creek vineyards. Great ratings!
    Sarah at

  3. Michelle.A. says:

    I learned that if you are a member you get to try maller, award-winning wineries whose wines are not typically found in local stores or wine shops.

  4. Penny Snyder says:

    Would love to try the Cabernet Sauvignon !!

  5. Rachel says:

    I love the unique gifts!

  6. John Hutchens says:

    wine of the month club members and gift recipients will never receive any bulk, closeout or private label wines…ever.

  7. Stephanie V. says:

    learned the international selections club looks amazing!

  8. runinboise says:

    Premier club works for me.

  9. Jessica P. says:

    I’d love to get the Premier Club Holiday Gift package for my Mom!

  10. Ann Fantom says:

    I learned that with each shipment, a 12 page magazine named “Uncorked” is included.

  11. Fawn H says:

    I would love the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  12. Shauna Lynn says:

    I’m not a big wine person, but I’d love to start tasting wines on a regular basis. I’d love to start with the National wines, probably the whites then the reds, then move to International in the same order.

  13. Heather! says:

    I think my hubby would enjoy *Uncorked*, the magazine for California Wine Club members.

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  14. Melissa Hartley says:

    I learned that every wine we feature comes from a real working artisan winery and is backed by our 100% guarantee.

    Thanks :)

  15. Stephanie says:

    I’d love to try the international selections.

  16. Debra S says:

    Their lowest priced pack starts at 50 bucks a month. And I sure know that I would KNOW someones really KNOWS me and LOVES me to get a gift like this. Truly a gift that a wine lover would adore… skip the jewelry and other things for me- THIS is what I would LOVE. oh yes

  17. Debbie F says:

    How fun is it that they send trivia and games with the shipment!!! what a personal touch

  18. Jennifer Hill says:

    I would love to try Diamond Creek Vineyards 2006 Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

  19. jeanette sheets says:

    i think i would like the international colection

  20. Sharon Kaminski says:

    Cabernet Sauvignon for me

  21. tina reynolds says:

    the international collection comes from mom and pop wineries

  22. Helen May says:

    TI like that you requested all contact information. It’s nice to know there’s no set time to respond! Busy time of year. :)

  23. Debra L. Guillen says:

    I’d like to try the Pinot Noir featured wine from Truchard Vineyards

  24. Patti Hess says:

    Love to try the Gewürztraminer

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  25. sara wood says:

    napa valley syrah

  26. sandra says:

    i like the signature recipes from the wineries

  27. PAIGE CHANDLER says:

    I’d love to try the Cadaretta Wines 2006 “Springboard” Columbia Red Wine

  28. Kristy Thiel says:

    I didn’t know they had their own magazine!

  29. Stephanie Larison says:

    I’d love to try the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  30. Cody Anderson says:

    I learned that they have 20 years of business under their belt.

  31. napa vally zinfendels are alwasy some of my favs

  32. Noelle Cagle says:

    I would like to try the Tulip Hill red blend

  33. Ashley Morrissey says:

    There are 4 different clubs to choose from!!

  34. Helga says:

    I learned about the featured winery Truchard Vineyards in Napa.

  35. Karen D says:

    Truchard 2006 Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir

  36. LindsayD says:

    They have a 100% guarantee!

  37. Caryn S says:

    I’d like to try the Rockwall Wine Co. 2009 Stagecoach Vyd. Zinfandel, Napa Valley

  38. amy says:

    i’d like to try their pinot grigio

  39. Kyl Neusch says:

    the Premier Club Holiday Gift package for my Mom

  40. Brittney House says:

    international selections club is neat

  41. says:

    I like that the International Selections club sends wines from small, artisan wineries around the world that might not otherwise be available to the average consumer.

  42. alena svetelska says:

    I d like to try a wine from the diamond creek vineyards.

  43. I’d love any of their white wines.

  44. jen gersch says:

    i would love the Cabernet Sauvignon

  45. Karen says:

    I’d like to try the Falcata 2006 Casa Gran. Thanks for the giveaway.

  46. Yona says:

    I learned that the club dates back to 1990

  47. Lorena Keech says:

    Cadaretta Wines 2006 “Springboard” Columbia Red Wine looks interesting.

  48. Karla Schmidt says:

    Actually I’d like to gift a membership to my in laws, they LOVE wine

  49. Rickie Hinrichs says:

    Wine a cup before bed what the doctor suggests

  50. matt says:

    I’d like to try the aged cabernet series

  51. Sarah says:

    I learned that you can cancel at any time and there are no fees.

  52. amy deeter says:

    have a 100% guarantee!

  53. Melanie Montgomery says:

    a nice white wine

  54. Daniel M says:

    the Cabernet Sauvignon sounds good

  55. Jay Daugherty says:

    I learned they had their own magazine. I would like to try all the red wines.

  56. Elle says:

    I like the idea of the International collection club because I’m branching out in my cooking!

  57. Sandra C says:

    I’d love it if someone bought me this for Christmas:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  58. Susan Climan says:

    I would love to try something from their Aged Cabernet Series.

  59. kathy pease says:

    id love to try the Cabernet Sauvignon

  60. Rich Hicks says:

    you can subscribe to the aged cabernet series amonst several

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  61. Pam says:

    I would like to try the Morisfarms 2009 Vermentino Maremma Toscano wine.

  62. Susan Smith says:

    I would love the Cabernet Sauvignon

  63. Kelley Roach says:

    id love to try the cabernet sauvignon

  64. Samantha says:

    Would love to try the Rockwall Wine Co. 2009 Stagecoach Vyd. Zinfandel, Napa Valley wine!

  65. kendra W says:

    I’d love to try Mourvedre

  66. cassandra mccann says:

    i have never tried wine but i would like to

  67. Michelle Tucker says:

    I’d like to try the Villa Floriano 2011 Pinot Grigio

  68. Sand says:

    I would love to try their aged cabernet.

  69. Gianna says:

    Send as many months as you wish. 1, 2, 3 Day Air available.

  70. steve mccuan says:

    can’t wait to try a pinot