Recommended as an Educational Program

The Weekly Tasting, a relatively new site related to,  is refreshingly sensible and informative. No membership requirements or hard sales tactics involved. No superficial program or pretend algorithm to create your tasting profile. Just two sommeliers working hard to select wines that expand one’s wine knowledge.

Each week, The Weekly Tasting offers wines organized around a theme, and the packages are selected by two sommeliers, Elizabeth Schneider and Laura Maniec. Both are the real deal. The packages usually consist of 4 wines, but there are some with 6 and others with 2 bottles. Shipping is always free.

The themes are usually based on a region or a varietal. As someone who has taught wine classes for many years, I can say It is not as easy as people think and so much comes down to selecting the best wines to illustrate the point or points you are trying to get across.
So, to get to my point, I find the wines selected for the different weekly tasting themes to be first-rate and reasonably priced. The package includes a video, tasting notes, wine pairing suggestions, all arranged in the box containing the bottles.

Let me present a few examples to demonstrate why this is a vast improvement over the other so-called “curated” packages found elsewhere. One recent weekly package focused on Cru Beaujolais, a type that is probably not known to many, is not sexy or trendy, but might just appeal to red wine lovers looking for something different and delicious.
Other packages over recent weeks has included a tasting of Global Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and blends, Nebbiolo wines, and a three bottle introductory lesson on Australian wines.
This follows the “mentor” approach to wine education, the best method. The SOMMS do not talk down to you, nor do they overwhelm you with too much information.

I suspect many new wine drinkers buying Malbec by the boatload are curious about the difference between Malbecs from Argentina and France. So, here’s what is selected in another package:
What Elizabeth Schneider Has Picked For This Tasting

Domaine Des Bateliers Cahors 2009
Château Vieux Poirier Bordeaux 2014
Pascual Toso Reserva Malbec 2014
Famiglia Bianchi Malbec 2014
The price for this is $59.99, with free shipping.

Though everyone reading this is a wine expert, if you happen to know someone who would like a solid introduction to different wine varietals, consider this 6 bottle package as an excellent gift:

See What Laura Maniec Has Picked For This Tasting

Seven Hills Oregon Pinot Gris 2015
Bernardus Monterey County Griva Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Domaine Les Chenevieres Mâcon Villages Blanc Chardonnay 2015
Windmill Valley Vineyards Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Metz Road Pinot Noir Mesa del Rio Monterey 2013
Château Tour du Moulin Les Terres Rouges Fronsac 2014