You’ve heard about the health benefits of drinking a glass of wine. So now you want to acquire a taste for this beverage. After all it has been around for thousands of years. It must be good, right? What you need now is some basic wine knowledge so you can make smart choices in public. Should you join a wine club? And if so, which one? I will divulge to you my experience with First Leaf Wine Club.
However, don’t take just my word for it. Read the details for yourself. Then the decision will be up to you. First Leaf is even letting me share a special family and friends discount with you for a limited time. So make sure you read all the details to get this extra benefit.
What is First Leaf wine club?
First leaf wine club is a wine subscription service. Ok great, but why would I want this? First Leaf wine club takes the hassle out of going to the store, standing open mouthed, confused at the huge selection of wine. Or in the case of the grocery store, the extremely limited selection. You can get either 6 or 12 bottles delivered to your home monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly. So you can choose how often you want the wine based on your finances or how much wine you plan to drink. You will just need to have someone of legal drinking age to accept the package.
How does First Leaf wine club work?
Initially, First Leaf will have you complete a questionnaire to find out your preferences. I have to say, I was impressed with the extent of the questions they asked. Once you complete the survey, First Leaf will email you with 6 handpicked bottles of wine based on your preferences. You will then have the chance to learn about each wine.
What do you do if you don’t like one of the six wines selected? No problem. You will be given two alternate choices for each bottle selected. Our initial selection included a lot of California wines. While there is nothing wrong with wines from California, my husband and I prefer trying foreign wines. We were able to swap most of them for South African and South American wines.
After that you create a login for your account so you can access it at any time. Before checking out, we were given the option to double our order at the promotional rate. Of course, we took it!
How much does First Leaf wine club cost?
First Leaf offers an initial promotion of 6 bottles for $39.95 plus tax with free shipping. After that each shipment will be $89.95 plus tax and $9.95 shipping. However, you can ditch the shipping on future orders by doubling your order.
While I was doing my research I noticed that First Leaf had a 4th of July sale where the promotional price was reduced to $29.95. That is only $5 per bottle! However, I was too slow and missed out. But my thriftiness paid off, when a few days later they had the same special labeled Summer Sale. This time I went for it!
All of the wines come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you really don’t like a wine you receive, they will give you a credit for another bottle. So you really have nothing to lose.
What comes with my order?
We ordered twelve bottles so we got two of each. Each bottle was packed in recyclable packing material. The order came with an envelope with 6 large cards, each with detailed information on one of the wines we chose. These are on thick cardstock. I recommend using a hole puncher and collecting them in a binder. Each card has a picture of the wine bottle, description of the wine, where it’s from, food pairings, nutrition information, alcohol content, and price. We like to make notes on each card so we know if we want to get the wine again.
After receiving our order, we received an email with selections for our next order. We had the ability to swap wines, up to six times, if we didn’t like a choice. However, to lock in our selection for next month, we had to pay at that time.
We also found out that First Leaf offered additional options as far as shipping schedule. You can choose to have your personal wine selections delivered every 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 weeks. There is a lot of flexibility.
What we love about First Leaf
- Selection based on personal preferences
- Opportunity to choose an alternate selection
- Quick delivery. We ordered in the evening of July 13th. We got our shipment on July 16th.
- No shipping fees on orders over 6 bottles
- Ability to choose delivery intervals: from every 2 week up to every 3 months
- No obligation to buy anything after the first order
What First Leaf should improve
Hmmm. It’s hard to say. I’ve thought about this, and I really can’t think of any improvements. They work really hard to customize the selections. After receiving your first order, they ask you to rate your wines. Once you rate at least three, they further tailor their wine recommendations to your preferences. We haven’t been disappointed.
Who is this club for?
This club is great for someone who wants to try wine, but doesn’t quite know what to buy. The initial survey they use to identify your tastes almost guarantees that the wines they choose for you will be to your liking. After trying your wines you can rate them. First Leaf uses the ratings to further narrow down your tastes. You can also access their Wine School on their website. This is an educational blog that covers everything from wine and food pairings to whether or not wine has carbs.
What makes this club unique?
This club stands out by thoroughly trying to capture your tastes before hand selecting the wines they choose for you. After we tried our wines, we had the ability to rate them, which helped First Leaf further narrow down our tastes for our next order.
My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the wines we’ve tried. We also liked that after two shipments we were able to change the frequency of our order to be every three months. We have fun sampling a bottle and trying to identify the flavor notes. After that we read the card to see how close we are.
First Leaf wine club provides a convenient way to try wines tailored to your tastes, minus the hassle of the store. Plus there is no contract so you can cancel the club if it’s not to your liking. It is really a win win opportunity.
Plus, right now you can try First Leaf for FREE by using my special friend’s and family discount.
But I’m not sure how long this will be available. So best to try it now so you don’t miss out on these amazing wines.
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Donna Emperador is a creative blogger and copywriter. Donna believes in learning about different cultures while sharing good food and wine. She has lived in South Florida for over 20 years and enjoys spending time traveling and making wine culture easier to understand for readers.