In short, the answer to the question, "Who are you?" is... "We make interesting wines accessible." We do all the work for you. We choose wines we guarantee you will like, and we deliver them right to your home or office. We tell you each wine's story, and we even tell you the very best food recipes to pair with it.
But after almost 20 years in this business, we've learned you probably want to know more than that before you sign on, even though we give you a risk-free, we-guarantee-you'll-like-us promise.
So here's the long answer:
Back in 1993, a small group of wine lovers decided there was an opportunity to share something that we were passionate about with a wider audience, and to do our part to bring little-known wines into the hands of those who appreciate "boutique" wines.
Many of these wines were hand-crafted gems produced by little-known or small wineries. Or, they were very-limited production wines the major buyers wouldn't touch because there simply wasn't a large enough supply. But they were all compelling wines, and ones the average wine lover wouldn't find anywhere else unless they happened on the winery or were a close personal friend of the wine maker.
So this group of friends started out with a simple ad in a magazine. When the postman delivered the responses in plastic tubs, we realized our hunch was right. We rented an office, called in favors from some wine-industry friends, and…we were in business. The rest, as they say, is history.
Today, we are one of the largest and most-respected wine clubs in the country. But we haven't forgotten our first promise—to introduce our friends (a bit chummy, we know, but here when you are a member, you are a friend) to special wines.
Here's how it works:
When you say "yes" to membership, we're going to ask you a few questions. Do you want us to send red wines only? White wines only? Or a mix? Is this for yourself or a gift for a friend?
We'll ask what state you live in, because believe it or not, there are still some states that believe you can't drink what you like. Therefore, we can't share our wine finds with just anyone. We'll ask for your shipping address (keep in mind, you'll need to sign for your shipments, so we recommend an address you'll be at during the day—like your office, perhap), your payment preference, and your phone number. And did we mention your email address? We never share it, but we do like to keep you posted on member news, special privileges we negotiate for you, and extraordinary wine finds.
Then you just sit back and get ready for some fun. Not only will we send you wine, but you might even receive a wine lover's favorite must-have wine accessory—a picnic tote with room for one or two bottles, a bottle stopper, a cork screw, two glasses and napkins. If you decide later that membership isn't for you, please keep the bonus gift with our compliments. This tote often appears in finer lifestyle catalogs for $37.95 or more, but we'll give it to you as a bonus with your third purchase just for trying us out.
All of this makes Vinesse, an organization people across American have decided to belong to, the place to join a wine club or just shop for wines. Give us a try! We know you'll love it.