LONDON, December 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Plus truffle hunting, vineyard picnics, hands-on champagne blending & Tuscany feasting weekend
Fans of high quality boutique wines and the stories behind them can enjoy a year of bright new discoveries within their membership of one of the UK's most popular wine clubs. 3D Wines offers inspirational wine gifts, wine travel and wine & gourmet experiences.
3D was established over 20 years ago for wine lovers who also wanted to discover the joy of visiting beautiful vineyards and meeting friendly winemakers, sharing their art & craft and warm hospitality. 3D is still the place to start your wine adventures and now helps members enjoy wines and visits to its partnered vineyard estates in France, as well as to Italy and New Zealand. Membership benefits start from £89; or simply add a 3D Experience Gift Case comprising three bottles of high quality 3D partner wines and a Riedel glass, to transform it into a memorable gift (from £119 to £175 including membership).
The 3D Wines experience is so much more than a gift box of wine - it is the year-round enjoyment of being a member that makes this club so much fun, and will be a pleasure for any wine lover. Enjoy the wines, enjoy the experience of visiting the vineyards and the local food, and enjoy meeting dedicated and skilful winemakers in the intimate and beautiful settings of small, family-run vineyards. You are warmly welcomed and, in an engaging and fun way, can learn how the wines are made, using traditional as well as new organic and biodynamic techniques, and why they taste the way they do.
The choice is yours from some 95 carefully selected wines. Almost half of these are made exclusively for 3D members and are not available elsewhere. Over a third of these are organic or biodynamic. 3D has 30 partner vineyards and domaines in 11 regions to visit: Bordeaux, Burgundy North, Burgundy South, Beaujolais, Rhône Valley, Loire Valley Central, Loire Valley West, Alsace, Champagne, Tuscany and New Zealand.
Andrew Bennett, Co-Owner of 3D Wines, adds, "The passion for wine travel is stronger than ever. People are more and more curious about the wines they enjoy drinking, knowing their provenance, visiting the regions and meeting the winemakers. We choose our 3D wines and plan our wine holidays and events with meticulous detail. It's all about assuring that members enjoy every aspect of their wine - from drinking, right through to experiencing events and visits which are not easily fixed by yourself. The 3D team takes huge pleasure in creating an all round enjoyable and memorable experience that you will delight in telling your friends about. We've been doing it for over 20 years, so we know many unique wine gems and great places to visit."
- Privileged partnerships with small family-run vineyards
- Entitlement to exclusive cuvées
- Up to 23% saving on your wines
- Personal, in-depth tours of your vineyards
- Wine travel & gourmet experiences
- Hotel discounts & booking service
Start with a choice from 11 different Experience gift cases
With the choice of 11 different regions, each case contains all you need to start your vinous journey: three expertly selected bottles of wine from the region, a Riedel swirl tasting glass, a personal tasting notebook and details about the area, the vineyards and wines. Once you decide which region to explore, perhaps based on your favourite style of wine or an interest in the area, the 3D team of wine & travel experts will be there to guide and advise you. http://www.3dwinesexperience.com
Buy great value wines throughout the year
As soon as the latest vintages are available from your vineyards, 3D will write to you with the tasting notes. All the wines are available at members' prices (less than the cellar door price). There is no obligation to buy, but if you choose to, there are usually three options to obtain your wines: collect them directly from your vineyard, collect them at 3D's wine store in Calais, or have them delivered to your door. Throughout the year there is also the opportunity to try other wines from 3D's seasonal wine lists, limited edition wine offers and via the Partners' exclusive online shop.
Visit your vineyards
If you choose to visit your vineyards, the 3D team will help organise your visits and book recommended hotels and gîtes. In some locations, there are even options to stay at the vineyard, or join a tailor-made 3D event in the region.
Exciting events all year round - 2015 calendar
Truffle Hunting in the Rhône Valley 20th - 23rd February
The Bouchards invite a small group of Partners on a very special weekend at Domaine des Grands Devers in the northern extremes of the Côtes du Rhône to embark on a hunt for the elusive black truffle. As well as learning how to find them, the weekend includes a visit to the largest truffle market in Provence and a tasting of the Bouchard's wines over a fabulous truffle themed dinner. Also visit the Saurel family at Montirius; 3D's fascinating biodynamic vineyard that produces exclusive Gigondas and Vacqueyras wines.
London Wine Tasting, St James's 16th April & 3rd December
A Taste of Burgundy 11th - 14th June
Based in the historic walled town of Beaune, the weekend starts with dinner in the Caves de l'Abbaye in Beaune along with some of 3D's local winemakers. Visit Tonnellerie François Frères the famous barrel makers and afterwards enjoy free time and lunch in Beaune before meeting up with 3D's Trophy Medal-winning vigneron, Vincent Désertaux, for a tasting in his Meursault vineyard followed by a visit to his domaine. The highlight on Saturday will be the tour, tasting and picnic amongst the vines with Jean-Michel and Christine Jacob at their domaine in the pretty hamlet of Échevronne.
Bordeaux Uncorked 3rd - 6th July
Staying in Blaye at the impressive Château Pontet d'Eyrans, you start the weekend dining in the pre-Revolution salle à manger at Château Monconseil-Gazin. Saturday visit St-Émilion with its attractive limestone houses and cobbled streets. Meet 3D's St-Émilion Grand Cru domaine, Château Cardinal Villemaurine, and enjoy lunch with the winemaker before spending some free time in St-Émilion. Sunday visit 3D's Trophy-winning Margaux producers at Château Mongravey; with a detour via some of the famous left-bank châteaux.
Loire Bourgueil & Anjou Experience 16th - 19th July
The Loire Valley, the 'Garden of France' has intrinsic beauty in its natural landscape and many fine châteaux, churches and monasteries. Staying in the beautiful medieval town of Montreuil-Bellay, the weekend includes lunch in the extraordinary cellars at La Jarnoterie, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and a tasting with 3D's Trophy-winning Saumur winemakers. Saturday visit the charming George Bureau at Domaine de Salvert and have lunch with George and his delicious wines at Les Caves de la Genevraie, a restaurant hewn from a troglodyte cave.
Champagne Blending Workshop 18th July
A unique experience of learning how to become a chef de Cave producing your own special blend of champagne, under the guidance of Pierre Fresne at Champagne Fresne Ducret. After your experience enjoy a delicious four course lunch cooked by the equally talented Daniella Fresne.
Sancerre Foire aux Vins & Picnic 29th - 31st August
Stay at Le Panoramic hotel with an eagle's eye view of the famous vineyards. Dine at the Michelin-starred Restaurant La Tour, visit the wine fair in the old mushroom caves, visit Maison des Sancerre and enjoy a tour and five course 'picnic' lunch with the charming Riffaults at our Sancerre vineyard, Domaine du Carroir Perrin.
Edinburgh Wine Tasting, Royal Scots Club 30th September
New Zealand Wine Tasting & Dinner, London 23rd October
A splendid opportunity to enjoy great food accompanied by a tasting of the latest releases from 3D's two NZ estates- Kahurangi Estate in Nelson and Kennedy Point on Waiheke Island.
A Taste of Tuscany 30th October - 2nd November
Stay in the beautiful apartments of the Relais Reserva di Fizzano, owned by 3D winemakers at Rocca delle Macìe. Throughout the weekend taste an array of the succulent Chiantis on offer from all three 3D Tuscan vineyards. Learn not only the art of Italian winemaking but also how they produce their delicious olive oils too, as the olive harvest will hopefully be imminent. A must for lovers of all things Italian.
Cave Ouverte, Champagne 14th November
3D's much-loved mini French fair at the award-winning Maison Lenique in Épernay. Their atmospheric cellars are cleared to make way for many 3D vignerons who come from all corners of France. So too, do artisanal producers of food, jewellery and pottery. This is a great day out with a chance to meet vignerons aplenty.
3D Wines - inspiration behind its creation
Formed in 1992 (and first established as a quirky membership club to 'rent a row of vines'), it started as a hobby, and many of its first partner vineyards were those discovered during numerous visits to France over the years by the owners. Personal friendships with these winemakers, and the fun gained visiting their vineyards, enabled the company which is now 3D Wines to create its pioneering business. Today, with 20 years' experience, it has built up its selection of vineyards and wines with great care to offer members memorable experiences and good value, award-winning wines. With an excellent reputation as a French wine specialist, it concentrates on small, family producers in some of the best appellations of France. The introduction of two new vineyards in New Zealand several years ago proved very successful, and now 3D Wines welcomes three new partner vineyards from Tuscany.
The 3D wines - and vineyard locations in France, Italy, New Zealand
3D currently stocks 95 different wines, many of which are exclusive to 3D members in the UK.
Bordeaux Margaux Cuvée 3D, Château de Braude Haut-Médoc, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Clos Villemaurine, Lussac-St-Emilion Château Caillou les Martins, Blaye Grand Réserve Cuvée 3D, Blaye Prestige, Côtes de Bourg, Côtes de Bourg Prestige.
Burgundy North Beaune 1er Cru Les Avaux, Gevrey-Chambertin En Songe, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru, Hautes Côtes de Beaune blanc Les Larrets, Savigny-lès-Beaune rouge, Hautes Côtes de Beaune rouge, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume, Côte de Nuits-Villages rouge Les Perrières, Côte de Nuits-Villages blanc.
Burgundy South Rully rouge 1er Cru Les Préaux, Rully blanc La Barre, Crémant de Bourgogne rouge, Mercurey rouge 1er Cru Clos des Montaigus, Mercurey rouge 1er Cru En Sazenay, Mercurey rouge, Mercurey blanc, Maranges rouge Le Bois de Clémentine, Hautes Côtes de Beaune blanc.
Beaujolais Fleurie Vieilles Vignes, Fleurie Niagara, Morgon La Roche-Briday, Moulin-à-Vent, Côte de Brouilly Des Lys, Brouilly.
Rhône Valley Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge, Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Côtes du Rhône-Villages rouge, Côtes du Rhône-Villages blanc.
Loire Valley Central Sancerre blanc Cuvée Caillottes, Sancerre blanc La Croix de Chambre, Sancerre rouge Cuvée Caillottes, Sancerre rosé, Saumur-Champigny Les 3 Jean, Saumur blanc, Bourgueil Breteche.
Loire Valley West St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Cuvée Carine, Crémant de Loire rosé Cuvée Esprit de Sophie, Crémant Brut , Anjou blanc, Coteaux du Layon Rochefort, Anjou-Villages rouge, Anjou blanc Cuvée des Belles Mères.
Alsace Gewürztraminer Vieilles Vignes, Riesling Les Prélats, Pinot Gris Ortel, Riesling Grand Cru Brand, Gewürztraminer Herrenweg, Pinot Gris Herrenweg.
Champagne Champgane Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Vintage, Champagne Cuvée 3D, Champagne Brut Origine NV, Champagne Vintage.
Italy - Tuscany Chianti Coli Senesi Ellera, Chianti Superiore Villa Cambi, Chianti Classico Tenuta Sant'Alfonso, Chianti Classico Riserva di Fizzano, Arteliquida Bianco, Chianti Riserva '345.
New Zealand Heaphy Sauvignon Blanc, Heaphy Nelson Pinot Noir, Heaphy Pinot Gris, Kennedy Point Syrah, Kennedy Point Merlot.
3D Uncorked - bi-annual newsletter for members
With so many events and wines to discover, there is the 3D Uncorked newsletter to keep members informed and inspired. Read highlights from the 3D wine trips and what's coming up, vineyard and local region news, wine recommendations, through to food ideas.
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