Restaurants with Wine Clubs

Restaurants are providing wine lovers with direct access to their well-edited lists.


Published:

Who better than a wine director to launch a wine club? Some restaurants are now providing wine lovers with direct access to their well-edited lists, with shipments arriving on their doorsteps.

“We hope people have learned to trust us and put themselves in our hands for wine,” says Shelley Lindgren, wine director and owner at A16 and SPQR in San Francisco. In April 2011, both eateries rolled out wine clubs. For $95 per month, customers get three bottles handpicked by Lindgren, usually from small producers for a six- or 12-month term.

At the Michelin-starred restaurant Auberge du Soleil in Napa, Wine Director Kris Margerum evaluates about 200 wines weekly in pursuit of adding a few to the 1,500-selection wine list. The rest of the best go out to members of Club Vin du Soleil, offering three membership levels: Cru, Premiere Cru and Grand Cru, costing between $325 and $1,200 quarterly. Between four and six bottles are in each shipment, plus invites to wine events. For Grand Cru and Premiere Cru members, there are 10%–20% discounts on items throughout the resort, such as rooms and spa treatments.

Related Articles

The Rosé Lover's Benedict Pairing

This spicy lobster brunch dish from Chad Johnson, executive chef at Élevage in Tampa, Florida, is the perfect pair for your favorite pink drink.

835 Wines Compete for the New York Wine & Food Classic Governor’s Cup

Plus other news and notes in the world of wine, food and spirits.

The Wine Lover's Guide to Hosting

Whether it’s a grand gala, a dinner party or an intimate wine tasting, here are the best tips, tricks and pro secrets to help you host envy-inducing soirées.

Baijiu Buying Tips

An introduction to the world’s most popular drink you’ve never heard of: Baijiu.

Subscribe

You can unsubscribe at any time. View an example of our newsletter.

Shop

>

Related Web Articles