Are you a member of any of the winery ‘clubs’? If not, you are missing out! I have to admit that we have a bit of an obsession with clubs, it’s fun to be a part of things! This obsession has led us to be a member of five, yes five, winery clubs at present. We keep saying that we’re definitely going to cancel this one or that, maybe cut it back to two or three, but then we go and pick up the wine and all seems right with the world. And we just can’t muster up the courage to cancel. I mean, they are depending on us for their survival, it just wouldn’t be right. Right? Help me out here.
Anyway….one of the clubs that we are a member of is Terra Nebulo Vineyards in Waterford. They offer two different memberships; the ‘Wine Club’ which simply requires the purchase of three wines (chosen by the winemaker) per quarter, and the ‘Coop Club’ which has the same quarterly purchase requirements, but for purchasing a case when you join you get a nifty chicken coop at the winery where they will store your wine for pickup and occasionally throw in a nifty little surprise. Naturally we are members of the ‘Coop Club’ because that’s the way we roll. You know you’re a pro when you have personal storage for your wine at the winery. Or a drunk, definitely one or the other.
Back to the point; both of their clubs have basically the same benefits; you get 15% off on all wine purchases (including quarterly pickups), advance notice of events (of which they do quite a few with more in the works), and quarterly pickup parties. The discount and advance notice are great perks, but one of my favorite things about being members of the various winery clubs is the pickup parties. Every winery does it a little different, but all of them do a great job of recognizing and appreciating their loyal, regular customers.
We attended the pickup party at Terra Nebulo on Saturday, September 2, and as usual we had a wonderful time. They started with a tasting of three new wines; a 2015 Riesling, and a new Red Blend (60% Cab Franc, 20% Petit Verdot, 20% Chambourcin), and 2014 Petit Verdot. Technically the Petit Verdot isn’t ‘new’ but it’s back after a long absence, so that counts as new in my book. I was glad to see it return, I really enjoy their Petit Verdot. After our tasting we got a bottle of the Red Blend and a Petit Verdot and found ourselves a table.
Next up was one of the highlights of the evening; a fantastic heavy hors d’oeuvre spread from The Wandering Chef. Did you notice my use of a fancy word? Impressive, huh? So yeah, the food for this particular pickup event was particularly yummy. The menu included a beautiful cheese board with assorted breads and crackers, lots of fresh veggies with dips, and an amazing creamy andouille sausage dip. The food was all delicious, I especially enjoyed the sausage dip and I might have gone back for seconds. The Wandering Chef does a great job, and rumor has it they are looking to hang a shingle in Waterford, so keep an eye out for that if it comes to pass. It’ll make a fantastic addition to the area dining scene!
Terra Nebulo has been around for less than 2 years, but in that short time it’s become one of our favorite ‘go-to’ spots when we just want a relaxing afternoon or evening out. As a matter of fact the idea for this wine blog started on a beautiful lazy Sunday afternoon sitting outside at Terra Nebulo. They’ve got great wines, a cooler full of lovely cheeses that you can have with some warm bread or crackers, and an absolutely delightful team that I’m happy to call my friends.
Go visit Terra Nebulo soon, tell them the LoCo Wine Squad sent you, they’ll definitely know who we are! And if you’re looking for a great wine club to join give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.