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New York Times Wine Club – Full Review

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  • Company: New York Times
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  • Price Range: $90 – $180

What Are They About?

The New York Times Wine Club is a two level club that features some of the best wines from around the world delivered straight to your door.  The Times Sampler provides wine lovers with six bottles from the best regions, in either a mixed or all red shipment.  The club arrives with tasting notes, tested and paired recipes from the Times, and education pieces about the wines and their regions.  The Times Reserve level ships six wines selected for their “complexity, concentration of fruit and finish.”  The Times has a team of experts – industry siders, somms, and WSET certified professionals – who select only the best wines for club members.

Membership Overview (2 Plans)

Times Sampler

$90For Every Delivery
  • Delivery: Monthly, Every Other Month, or Quarterly
  • 6 Bottles (4 reds & 2 whites or all reds)
  • Price Doesn't Include Shipping Fee - $19.95 (in total $18.33/bottle)
  • Satisfaction guaranteed - cancel at any time

Times Reserve

$180For Every Delivery
  • Delivery: Monthly, Every Other Month, or Quarterly
  • 6 Bottles (4 reds & 2 whites or all reds)
  • Price Doesn't Include Shipping Fee - $19.95 (in total $33.33/bottle)
  • Satisfaction guaranteed - cancel at any time

What You Get

Every shipment members receive:

  • 6 unique wines (4 red, 2 white or 6 red) monthly, every other month, or quarterly.
  • Tasting notes for each wine in the shipment that are developed by a Master of Wine.
  • New York Times recipes paired perfectly with each bottle.
  • Flat rate shipping of $19.95 per shipping.

Members also get:

  • A 10% discount on all purchases made online in the New York Times wine shop.
  • No obligation – members can cancel at any time.
  • No membership fee.
  • Two choices – a lower price point club that educates members on wine regions of the world and a higher price point club to explore exceptional examples of varietals.

Why it Works & What Could be Better

Why it Works
  • The Education – The New York Times Wine Club is staffed by professionals who select the wines and also develop the tasting notes.  Members not only get wines but an understanding of regions, how to taste, descriptors, and varietals.  Culinary and wine experts on staff allow for exceptional pairings between the wines and recipes.
  • All Unique Shipments – All shipments contain six unique wines so you never have to worry about getting two wines you dislike.
  • The Choice – While the shipments only come in mixed (4 red, 2 white) or all red, members choose the frequency of shipments and the duration of the membership, ongoing, four, or eight, or twelve shipments.
  • Flat Rate Shipping – The Times Wine Club charges $19.95 for shipping – a more than reasonable rate for 6 bottles of wine.
  • An Expert Panel – Add to the price (The Times Sampler comes in at under $20 per bottle) the fact that the wine team is made of experts from different areas of the wine industry is a strong selling point.  Masters of wine, sommeliers and others man the wine club’s panel of experts and work to provide exceptional wines that show of region and varietals.
  • The Recipes – In addition to great wine choices picked by people who know wine really well, the recipes are impressive.  WIth or without wine, these are dishes you’ll want in your repertoire and what is better than having someone take the trouble out of picking wine for your next dinner party?

What Could Be Better
  • An All White Option – Members can only receive 2 whites.  There is no option for an exclusively white shipment or one that is any makeup other than 4 red, 2 white.

FAQ

faq  “Can I Order This As A Gift?”

The New York Times Wine Club makes an excellent gift whether it’s ordered once or is a repeat shipment.  As we always suggest, make sure the recipient knows the box is coming because someone at least 21 years old will need to be there to sign for the shipment.

 

faq  “Can I Order Wine That Isn’t In My Shipment?”

Yes!  The New York Times has an online wine shop and members get a 10% discount.  You can easily calculate shipping using the chart found here.

 

faq  “Do I Have To Have Or Get A Membership To The New York Times In Order To Join The New York Times Wine Club?”

No!  While the two share a name and are part of the New York Times family, you do not need to have or get a subscription to the New York Times.

Can I join The New York Times Wine Club Where I Live?

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Arizona Alabama
California Alaska
Colorado Arkansas
Connecticut Delaware
Florida Georgia
Hawaii Kansas
Idaho Kentucky
Illinois Maryland
Indiana* Maine
Louisiana Mississippi
Massachusetts Montana
Michigan North Carolina
Minnesota Oklahoma
Missouri Pennsylvania
Nebraska Rhode Island
Nevada South Carolina
New Hampshire South Dakota
New Jersey Tennessee
New Mexico Utah
New York Vermont
North Dakota Washington
Ohio Wisconsin
Oregon
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia
Wyoming
D.C

*Alcohol can only be shipped to certain areas in Indiana – you may not be able to receive wine where you live.

All In AlL

The New York Times Wine Club is exactly what people would expect from The New York Times – expertly curated wines, an emphasis on education, and a fair price.  The club takes a holistic look at wines at two levels – a lower price point that explores regions and a higher price point that shares exceptional examples of varietals. With six unique bottles offered at varying frequency members can always have great wines on hand to serve with dinners paired by the experts at the New York Times that are perfectly paired.  In addition to reasonable prices and a choice between the two levels the New York Times connection shows with a truly quality wine club run not just by people who love wine, but are incredibly education in it.  No obligation, no sneaky fees, experts – you couldn’t ask for more in a club.

Nancy Koziol

Nancy Koziol is a wine writer specializing in wine news, culture, politics, and emerging regions. She has traveled throughout various wine regions and constantly strives to deepen her understanding and appreciation of the holistic experience of wine, from seed to glass. Nancy writes for a variety of wine publications spanning everything from how to make amazing Sangria to understanding the ecological impact of winemaking. She lives in Vermont where she is developing an appreciation for hybrid grapes - something she never thought would happen - and obsessing over orange wines.

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