When Tom Monroe and Kate Norris established Division Winemaking they expected to have a wine club up and running within their first year. It’s actually taken until their sixth vintage, but it’s finally arrived. There are two tiers: The Undivided Club offers six bottles twice a year with a 10 percent discount, plus benefits such as party invites, tasting flights at the SE Wine Collective and a special tasting with the winemaking staff. The Divide and Conquer Club is for a dozen bottles twice yearly and has additional benefits. No fees, just a $50 deposit to get going. An added bonus: No driving to wine country to pick up (though there is the ridiculous traffic on SE Division to negotiate).
At a recent tasting of their French-inspired varietals, the 2015 Rose Pinot Noir stood out—a lovely balance of berry fruit and acid—while the 2014 Pinots, though still young, are drinking well with good texture, bright fruit and an Old World earthiness. There’s an opportunity to taste Division Winemaking’s new releases, as well as those of nine other SE Wine Collective members, this weekend at the annual Vinlandia Memorial Day wine tasting. Twenty-four new wines are featured and case discounts are available too.