WINEormous Wine of the Month ClubI received a nice package last week from Wine of the Month Club. In a nice burgundy colored box was a bottle of Chardonnay and a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. Enclosed in the box was a catalog, and with the holidays here, I thought I’d pass along a few gift ideas from them. Of course you can give a gift membership, the Classic series starts at $149 for a four-month membership and goes up to $446 for a full year membership. You can also choose the Vintners Series, Limited Series or California Series with prices starting at $192 for a four-month membership.

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of visiting with owner Paul Kalemkiarian at their Monrovia location and saw firsthand how he personally tastes every wine that comes his way. After they pass his test, he offers them as Wine of the Month Club selections. If you don’t care for a selection, let them know and they’ll replace it with something else, no questions asked. If you want to speak with Paul, just ask for him. He’s as accessible as they come.

If you’d like a copy of their wine gifts and baskets catalog, give them a call at 800 949-9463. As a wine lover, I’d be delighted with any gift from this fine company.

Tom Plant launched WINEormous in 2009 and is a member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. Based in Temecula, California, he offers intimate winery tours for no more than seven people. Tour details and pricing are available at Call now to book your Temecula Winery Tour at (951) 907-9701! Ask about special discounts.