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The Panel

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


Our Philosophy:  The idea of The Panel Wine Club came about after several 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 Windee Smith & Chad Richards created The Panel Process to eliminate the guessing game everyone goes through when searching for new and exciting wines. The Panel Process compares and contrasts wines from all levels and 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 and meticulously chooses the best representations from various appellations from around the globe.  These standout wines then move on to the next step of the process to be analyzed by a different group of wine experts every month.  

The Quest

 

The Judgement

Then, 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. These wines are hand-selected for utmost quality, then thoroughly vetted by professional palates, 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.

The Judgement

 

The Selection

The wines that receive the highest scores and praise are then selected to be shared with our club members. Members can either pick up the wines at The Panel in Sonoma, CA, or we can ship them almost anywhere in the country. Included with the wine will be an overview of the tasting notes and information on the wine being presented to you.   

The Selection