Column: Love wine? Join the club.

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A great way to explore your love of wine is to join a club. Many wine shops offer clubs that can be customized to the wine-lover’s tastes. Here are my three favorites: Two up north and one in downtown Indy that may be on your way home.

305 Wine Garage in Fortville offers the Garage Club starting at $30 per month. Each month, members receive an email letting them know when their credit card will be charged and when they can pick up their wines. You can choose from Garage Reds (two red bottles $40-$55), Garage Whites (two white bottles, though one might be a sparkler or rose, $30-$45) or Garage Mix (one bottle of red and one bottle of white wine, $35-$50). Final monthly costs vary depending on the wine that is selected.

Tasteful Times in Fishers offers several options, too. Its Wine Library Club has two levels: Volume I membership gets you two bottles of wine, hand-selected for your palate. Cost is $35 monthly. The other option is Volume L at $75 per month. This selection offers the highest level of personalized service and two bottles of premium wine geared toward your specifications. Both clubs also get you winery and winemaker information, tasting notes, pairing suggestions and a complimentary recipe — and two free tickets to TT Tasting events. Volume L gets you an invite to special Volume L tasting events, too.

Goose the Market on Delaware Street in Indy offers a Wine of the Month Club. Choose from STRAIGHT UP at $34 per month, plus tax (one bottle each of white and red with a retail value of more than $39) and the MYSTERY, at $49, plus tax, which yields three bottles (one red, one white and one mystery bottle that is often wine but could also be a mixer, sake or beer) with a value of more than $54. A monthly email accompanies either membership and is full of pairing suggestions, winery and grape history, tasting notes and more. Goose encourages you to consider its wine clubs for a unique gift. Pre-pay for the months you want.

Just some other fun ways to explore your inner oenophile.  Cheers!


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