Wine clubs aren’t exactly the cheapest of clubs to join. And occasionally, there are fleeting moments when I wonder if I’d be wise to put my money toward something like a monthly gym membership to motivate healthy habits rather than the consumption of an ungodly amount of calories disguised as alcoholic grape juice. But then I come to my senses (usually while enjoying a glass of wine) and remember that the Messina Hof wine club isn’t just a wine club. It’s an investment in my personal happiness and overall mental well-being.
Messina Hof’s wine is unreservedly good. Like good enough to be the only wine-club I join for a long while good. Honestly, the only regret I do have about joining is not joining sooner. And it’s not just one particular wine that’s spectacular. It’s all of them – regardless of their color. Until last March I drank red wine exclusively. Then everything changed when I tried MH’s Private Reserve Blanc du Bois. Holy. Cow. It was like I reached Nirvana and was introduced to a whole new world. Needless to say, the Blanc du Bois is one of my all-time favorite wines now. It’s dry and crisp and citrusy and oh, so refreshing!
While I was exploring the realm of white wine I also tried their Unoaked Chardonnay and Texas Sparkling Spumante; with every sip I was more and more impressed. And that was just the whites. It’s hard to decide between my favorite reds but if I had to choose, I’d say their Private Reserve Malbec will not disappoint. For total transparency, I’ll even clue you in on what I didn’t like: any of their ports or sherries. I’m not a fan of dessert wines in general but I couldn’t even swallow a gulp of their most popular port wine. However, their port jelly/jam was thebomb.com. So they still get 5 stars from me!
If you’re still reading this, I recommend you join the club now. But if you still need some convincing, read on. I’ve got a few more reasons for why you should join.
- When you consider the quality of the wine and the happiness it brings, the membership price is practically negligible. Depending on your package you’ll only pay between $60 and $90 every three months for three bottles of red, white, or a combination of both (which is majorly discounted compared to buying individually).
- As a member, you will always get 20% off wine bottles and samples when you visit any of their three Texas locations.
- Did I mention they have three locations? You can visit them in Bryan, Grapevine, or the Austin Hill Country.
- Every quarter they host a pickup party for all wine club members to collect their libations, indulge in yummy appetizers, and enjoy a free glass of wine for themselves and two guests! If you can’t make it to the pickup party that’s not a problem; let them know and they can ship your wine straight to your door or they’ll hold it until you’re ready to visit – in which case you and your guests still get a free glass of wine.
- You get the chance to attend other HTX events for free! Last October we purchased a Texas Renaissance Festival exclusive wine and got four FREE tickets to the Texas Ren Fest (a $100+ value).
- The winery is pet-friendly, so you, your guests, and furry friends can all enjoy the vineyard and vino.
I hope this convinced you to try out the Wine Club or at least make a visit to their winery (or local grocery store) and try a glass or two or ten of their wine. If it did, leave a comment or email me and let me know what you thought!