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The Panel

The Panel Wine Club is unique. Born from the age-old pursuit to unearth the finest wines from around the globe, we research & taste through hundreds of highly allocated wines every month, narrowing them to a select few. These superior wines then undergo the monthly Panel ritual in which sommeliers, wine makers & other wine experts blind taste the select few, choosing the best of the best to be shared with our members. 


Our Philosophy:  The idea of The Panel Wine Club came about after years of pondering how to answer one simple question: how to get the absolute best wines to the wine community, based solely on quality rather than marketing hype or margins. That's when founders created The Panel Process to eliminate the guessing game everyone goes through when searching for new and exciting wines. The Panel Process compares & contrasts wines from all levels & regions, making sure that only the most well-balanced, truly great wines are experienced by our members.

Our ongoing mission is to spread the knowledge of unbelievable wines being made by masters of their craft, and ensure that only wines of the highest quality, regardless of price-point, are made available to our membership. 

 


The Panel Process



The Quest

The Panel researches and tastes through hundreds of wines monthly, meticulously choosing the best representations from various appellations from around the globe.  These standout wines then move on to the next step of The Panel process, where they are carefully analyzed.  Then ...

The Quest


The Judgement

The Panel invites an ever-changing group of wine professionals composed of wine makers, sommeliers and wine insiders to gather together to blind taste through the selection of wines. That month’s aficionados will discuss each wine at length and rate them based on the Davis 20-point wine tasting system.  The scored wines are carefully selected for utmost quality, ensuring that each wine represents high-level characteristics of color/clarity, aroma, bouquet, taste, texture and finish. This process creates a unique synergy resulting in wines being chosen for their elevated quality and drinkability, rather than labels or marketing prowess.  Then ...

The Judgement


The Selection

Wines receiving the highest scores and praise are shared with our club members. Members may choose to either pick up the wines at The Panel in Sonoma, CA, or have them shipped to them, almost anywhere in the country. Included with the wines are overviews of the tasting notes and information on the wine being presented.   

The Selection