Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Fun New Celebrity Wine Club Busy Moms on the Go Will Love (Review)

Wines By Wives

What Mommy doesn't want a glass of wine once in a while to help unwind after a crazy day with the kids?  I know that as a mom to an 8 month old and 2 year old, I am going from 7AM until they finally go to bed around 11:30PM (not to mention, the few times I get up in the night for diaper changes and bottles).  So, when the house is finally quiet, I love to pour a glass of wine and put my feet up -- even just for a few minutes.  With that being said, I don't have time during the day to stop by the liquor store to purchase wine.  Instead, I rely on mail order wine subscription services to delivery tasty wines to my doorstep.  Now, I am not a wine connoisseur, but I do like to sample both red and white wines.  I had been searching for just the right wine subscription program, which offers varieties I like, at a reasonable price.  This is when I stumbled across Wines by Wives, a celebrity wine club.  

I was sent two bottles from their wine club to sample, a chardonnay and a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.  Both wines were bottled in 2011 by Arquero, and are both products of Spain.  

It was hard choosing a favorite among the two wines, as they both tasted great, and really made for a great "mommy time" treat.  The Cabernet Sauvigon, deep purple red in color, smelled of fresh cherries, spice and cedarwood.  With a medium body, I could taste hints of cocoa and spice on the palette, after enjoying the fresh taste of black currants and cherries.  This wine would have been great paired with a filet mignon or homemade meatloaf, but I drank it as an after dinner wine.  As for the 2011 Arquero Chardonnay, it was light straw yellow in color, with a medium-light body.  Once the bottle was opened, you could immediately smell orchard fruits and blossoms.  How did it taste?  Simply amazing!  With creamy peach, melon and sweet citrus undertones, each sip offered a crisp refreshing taste of fresh fruit.  This wine would have been great paired with a pasta, fish sticks or lobster tails.  I, again, enjoyed late in the evening. :-)

So, how does the Wines by Wines subscription program work?

Wines By Wives is a celebrity wine club imagined by Reality TV stars Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Barney along with New York businessman and Internet marketing entrepreneur Christopher Gravagna.

Guests visit where they can view and choose the wine recommended by their favorite celebrity. Each month, the celebrities will sample, select and recommend their preference for both a red and white wine. Once they join, the members will receive two bottles from their chosen celebrity's wine club; either two white, two red or one of each. In addition, once a guest becomes a member, they will automatically get access to exclusive content including: behind the scenes photos and videos, celebrity themed merchandise (wait till you see the T-Shirts!), discounts on premium wines and much, much more.

One very important feature is our club's commitment to "give back" to those in need. Each celebrity will be donating a portion of a member's initial order to their favorite charity. Currently, Tamra has chosen a Breast Cancer charity and Vicki has selected a Battered Women's shelter as their recipient organizations.

Why Join either Tamra or Vicki's Wine Clubs?:
Here are a few good reasons!
  • Every month you'll receive two great wines - two reds, two whites, or one of each - that have been tasted, selected and recommended by me! I'll make a new recommendation every month.
  • Members Only "behind the scenes" access to exclusive photos, videos, news, tips and more.
  • Some of the finest wines from around the world offered at discounted prices.
  • Celebrity themed merchandise and wine accessories from our online store.
  • Hang with the stars! Sweepstakes, contests, and other opportunities to join us for some fun!
  • Cancel at any time without penalty
  • Get started with our introductory offer of only $34.90 + S&H
Here are Vicki's 2 wine choices for August:

Vicki's Pick
This Month's Selection

Arquero Sauvignon Blanc
The combination of flavors that come out in this Cabernet Sauvignon are what drew me to choosing this Arquero. I served it with steak last week and it was a big hit. Enjoy!

Ampakama Cabernet Sauvignon
I cannot wait for my club members to enjoy the Ampakama Cabernet Sauvignon! It's one of my favorite glasses of wine to relax with at the end of the day, and Brooks and I have been doing just that! Let me know what you think, I know you will love this months selections!

Vicki's Charity
Woman's shelter

The mission of WSLB is to eliminate violence through compassionate intervention, education and personal empowerment. Read more

Here are Tamra's wine choices, and more about her charity, which she donated a portion of the club proceeds to:

Tamra's Pick
This Month's Selection

Ampakama Malbec Merlot
I fell in love with the Ampakama when I served it alongside a steak dish Eddie and I were having. The balance between the acidity and the intense flavors of the wine made the meal memorable and I knew I had to share it with all my club members!

Carmen Dolores Rosado Garnacha
The Carmen Dolores Rosado De Garnacha tastes of strawberries, raspberries, and apples. I love pairing it with cheese dishes- the combination of flavors is delicious! It's perfect for parties as we head towards the end of the summer!

Tamra's Charity
Living Beyond Breast Cancer Mission

To empower all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life.LBBC was founded in 1991 by radiation oncologist Marisa C. Weiss, MD, in response to a woman's need for breast-cancer-related information, connection and support after completing treatment. Read more

So, if you love wine (who doesn't) and love the idea of this fun celebrity wine club, why not give it a try today for only $34.90 + S&H.  Remember, you can cancel anytime.  Wines will be delivered right to your doorstep --- I am loving this convenience as a busy mom on the go. And, knowing that each wine that is being offered has been tried and enjoyed by Tamra Barney and Vicki Gunvalson, makes choosing a wine plan (either 2 reds, 2 whites or 1 of each), so much easier, as I know they will taste good!


Don't forget to follow Wines by Wives on Facebook and Twitter for news and special offers.

 Disclosure:  I was sent samples by the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.