FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Categories include: Wine Tastings, Career, Wine Club, and About Our Wines. If you have any questions that are not in this FAQ, please send it to us here. Thank you!

Wine Club

Wine Club shipments are typically sent via FedEx Ground from our home Winery and office location in California before the 15th of each month. Periodically you may experience slight delays due to weather or other factors. I will let you know when the shipments go out on my Facebook page here.
New members will be billed and the first month’s wine shipped immediately upon enrolling in the Wine Club. After this initial shipment, members will then be billed on the 1st business day of each month. For example, if you join on the 25th of the month, you will be billed for your first shipment and it will ship immediately. You will then be billed again on the 1st for the next month’s shipment.
You’ll receive the wine types you select – all reds, all whites, or half & half. Club Select members will receive two different wine selections, whereas Club Elite members will receive four. If you would like to know specifically which wines you’ll be receiving in a particular month, please follow my Facebook page here. You’ll also find the Wine Club wines for the current month listed on my web site here.
WineShop At Home ships to many states. Please refer to our current service areas.
If you receive a wine that is corked (smells musty) or wine is leaking from the cork, please contact me right away and I will have our Winery send you a replacement wine at no additional charge. Due to shipping temperature variations or compromised corks, wine leakage can occur. Crystals or sediment in wine is naturally occurring and not an indication of quality. Always sample a wine first before determining if there may be a problem with it.
No problem! Our Wine Club is completely flexible! You can switch your membership type (number of wines) and/or your wine types at any time by just letting me know. For example, some people want only whites in the summer, only reds in the winter. Not a problem. Occasionally, some people want their wines for a particular month to be shipped to a friend as a gift. No problem – we can even include a personalized gift card. Whatever you want, just let me know. I’m your personal Wine Guy now and I’ll take care of you!
No problem! You may cancel your membership for any reason at any time. But why do that when you can “pause” your membership for as long as you want and still receive all your member benefits? To cancel or to pause your membership, just let me know!
What would you like to do? There are many options. First, you could pause your membership while you’re away. Second, depending on the location, we may be able to ship your wine to you. Lastly, we may be able to send your wine to someone else of your choosing – either someone to hold your wine for you while you’re away or someone to drink the wine as a gift. Just tell me what you want to do!
WineShop At Home bills credit cards automatically on the 1st of the month.  You may also elect to have your checking account automatically debited when paying by check upon enrollment.
Shipping for the Club Select 2-bottle Membership is $15.00 and $20.00 for the Club Elite 4-bottle Membership. Tax rates may vary and shipping rates may be taxed too, depending on shipping location.
Let me know and I’ll be happy to place your discounted order for you.
WineShop At Home includes a flyer about the hot deals in each Wine Club shipment. However, the quickest way to learn about them is to follow my Facebook page here. You can also find them on my web site here.
The wines are shipped via FedEx ground carrier with an over 21 adult signature required. If you’re not home to receive wine shipments, please make sure to have them sent to your office or to a neighbor’s home. I am not allowed to accept Wine Club shipments on behalf of customers. Alternately, when the shipment is en route to your home, you can click on “Customize Delivery” on the tracking page and have the shipment redirected to a local FedEx location, using the “Hold at Location” option.
If you ever have an issue with FedEx Ground, please let me know. I can also arrange to have your wine shipped to you by UPS.
Absolutely! And don’t forget your case and half-case member discounts! When you’re ready to order, just contact me and I’ll place your order for you.

About Our Wines

Recipes for food to pair with each wine are found on the reverse side of the VintNote that is sent with the wine. These are the 8-1/2″ x 7″ cards that accompany the wines. They can also be found on the WineShop At Home web site.
Many people have a negative view of sulfites because of the warning that appears on the labels of wines produced in the U.S. However, sulfites are a preservative, protecting the wine from spoilage during its time in a tank, barrel, or bottle. They are a natural byproduct of fermentation, so they are present in every wine to some degree. In addition, many winemakers add them to protect their wines while they are sitting on store shelves.
In the U.S., the legal limit for sulfites in wine is 350 mg/L. In Europe, the limits are lower – 200 mg/L for whites and rosés, 150 mg/L for reds. Because the goal of our winemaker is to “protect the tasting experience for our customers and guests,” WineShop At Home wines contain significantly lower levels of sulfites than U.S. wine sold in stores. In fact, they are closer to the levels found in Europe.
Almost all our customers are pleased that WineShop At Home wines are low in sulfites. Many believe this prevents them from waking up the next day with a wine headache. While it is true our wines are low in sulfites, the premise that sulfites cause wine headaches is generally untrue. See our FAQ on this subject here.
WineShop At Home has won numerous awards at many prestigious national and international wine competitions. For a list of the awards, go here.
It varies, but it’s usually just shy of 50. Our wines are “limited production” which means we make a small amount of each one (1,000-1,400 cases), and when they’re gone, they’re gone! They typically last in our inventory about 3-8 months after being released for sale. This encourages our customers to buy them before they run out! Our wine list frequently changes, at least once a month, and “last calls” are issued for different wines a few times weekly.
The number of calories in a glass of our wines depends on the type of wine. Considering that a typical glass of wine is 5 ounces…
Red wine – 25 calories per ounce – 125 calories.
Dry white wine – 24 calories per ounce – 120 calories.
Sweet white wine – 28 calories per ounce – 139 calories.
Rosé wine – 20 calories per ounce – 100 calories.
Sparkling wine – 20 calories per ounce – 100 calories.
Based on these figures, it will take approximately 11 minutes of jogging, 8 minutes of swimming, or 27 minutes of walking to metabolize the calories in one glass of our wines.
Here is a great graphic that answers this question!

The wines are shipped via FedEx ground carrier with an over 21 adult signature required. If you’re not home to receive wine shipments, please make sure to have them sent to your office or to a neighbor’s home. I am not allowed to accept Wine Club shipments on behalf of customers. Alternately, when the shipment is en route to your home, you can click on “Customize Delivery” on the tracking page and have the shipment redirected to a local FedEx location, using the “Hold at Location” option.
If you ever have an issue with FedEx Ground, please let me know. I can also arrange to have your wine shipped to you by UPS.
No. All of our wines are exclusive and are found nowhere else on earth – other than through our Wine Consultants and our Wine Club. As a result, we have many repeat customers, because they love our wines and can only get them through us.
WineShop At Home wines are made of fermented grape juice. The juice is fermented by adding select yeasts, which in turn consume the sugars in the grape juice and produce alcohol. At a point determined by our winemaker, the yeasts are removed. During the fermentation process, aroma and flavor compounds are produced, which result in a wine’s distinctive taste. Thus, we say confidently that our wines consist only of grape juice, sugars, and alcohol.
We are proud that our wines are handcrafted and artisan. This means nothing else is added during the winemaking process. While other wineries may use animal products as fining agents in the production of their wines, our winemaker has stated that WineShop At Home does not. However, we cannot legally claim that our wines are vegan. There is always a small possibility of cross-contamination through the use of winemaking equipment that is shared with other wineries.
This may seem like an odd question since wine is comprised of only grape juice, sugars, and alcohol – not wheat. However, some coopers (barrel-makers) use wheat-based pastes to ensure their wine barrels don’t leak during the ageing process. Since WineShop At Home cannot verify that every barrel supplier uses gluten-free wood pastes, we cannot legally claim that our wines are gluten-free.
Despite that, wines aged in stainless steel vats, not wooden barrels, are certainly gluten-free. This would include most of the light- to medium-bodied white wines. However, all of the red wines and some of the whites – in particular the Chardonnays – are barrel-aged. You can find out which wines are aged in barrels by reading our VintNote cards that accompany each wine we sell. They can also be found here.
However, even if a wine is aged in a barrel that was sealed with a gluten-based paste, the amount of gluten that might leech into the wine is infinitesimally small – on the order of 1 to 2 parts per million – well below the legal limit of 20 parts per million to be considered gluten-free. Unless you have a very severe form of celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, you have nothing to fear from our wines. The vast majority of those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity will thoroughly enjoy our wines with no problem. Therefore, drink up!
Many of our wines do come from California. However, we are a winery, not a vineyard. We search the small vineyards of California and the rest of the world for the best grapes. Then our winemaker does his magic and finishes the wine to our specifications. It is then bottled at our facility in Napa. We have recently introduced wines from Chile, Argentina, Australia, and Bordeaux.

Wine Tastings

One of the best ways is to start by hosting a Wine Tasting at your own home. As a new business owner, this is a great opportunity to ask your closest friends and family members for help in launching your business. Often your friends will book their own Wine Tasting at your party. After that, you do a lot of networking to find people who would like to host a Wine Tasting.
When I’m at a networking event, I ask someone what they do. I express an interest in them. I find out how I can help them. When they turn it around and ask me what I do, I say, “I lead Wine Tastings in your home.” Nine times out of ten, they respond, “What? Tell me more!” People love the idea of trying wine in their own homes with their friends.
Our hosts usually provide simple, wine-friendly appetizers, such as cheese, crackers, chocolate, and fruit.
The Host pays $29.95 (plus tax and shipping) for the Wine Tasting Sampler and for the expertise of the Wine Consultant to guide his/her friends through the Wine Tasting. The Host also provides very light appetizers and stemware. We keep this very, very simple – a few chocolates, crackers, fruit, and a few varieties of cheese. Most importantly, the Host gathers together their wine-loving friends for a great time!
Beyond that, I bring order boards, pens, a calculator, a corkscrew, extra wine glasses (if needed), and a smile!
A Host may receive anywhere from 9 to 12 different perks for holding a Wine Tasting.
First and foremost, the Host and his/her guests get to sample five different wines valued at over $130 for only $29.95 (plus tax and shipping). Where else can you find a wine tasting event for you and your friends at this price? In Napa Valley, many wine tasting rooms charge over $30 per person!
In addition, the Host and guests receive a basic wine education covering several important topics: the types of wines, how to properly taste wine, where the different aromas come from, what types of wine glasses to use, etc.
The Host will also receive a complimentary “Thank You” wine to enjoy separately or with his/her guests. This wine retails for over $30.
There are a variety of other perks, such as 50% OFF the first month’s Wine Club, complimentary wines with the purchase of a case or half-case of wine, 50% OFF a set of stemware or a decanter, and our best perk – a 50% OFF shopping spree for wine and stemware – if the Host gets at least two guests to book Wine Tastings in their homes. There are other perks, so please check with us for the specifics.
My #1 goal is to help people have more fun with wine. My #2 goal is to give people an opportunity to try great wine before they buy it – at a discount, if possible. In wine stores, you don’t have that opportunity. It’s all guesswork. I love the fact that I can let people taste and learn about wine before they buy it.
I think of myself as a wine “edutainer,” because I get to educate and entertain at the same time.
A typical Wine Tasting results in the sale of two or three cases of wine between the guests. I usually book two or three guests for Wine Tastings of their own and two or three people join the Wine Club. Notice a theme here? Sometimes a guest may want to become a Wine Consultant too.
Some Wine Tastings are made up entirely of women. Some are mixed. Overall, it’s probably 60%-70% women and 30%-40% men. The age range of guests varies greatly.
The wine knowledge of guests also varies greatly. Some people are brand new to wine and eager to learn. Some are wine professionals, who are interested in exploring new types of wines. Usually there is a good mix of experience at a single Wine Tasting.
Ultimately, the decision to drink alcoholic beverages while pregnant is one that should be made in consultation with your doctor. However, a new study suggests that pregnant women who drink up to two standard glasses of wine a week are unlikely to harm their unborn baby.
A standard glass of wine is 5 ounces. At our WineShop At Home wine tastings, we do 1-ounce pours of 5 different wines, which adds up to the same amount of wine as 1 standard glass. Therefore, participating in a WineShop At Home wine tasting party will not likely harm your baby – as long as you don’t help the host “drain the bottles” after the tasting part of the party is over.
You can read more about this study here.
WineShop At Home releases at least four new wines every month. Based on the current wine inventory, the company produces five different Wine Tasting Sampler kits from which to choose. I ask my hosts whether they prefer more reds or more whites, sweeter or drier, etc. I also ask them to consider the palates of their guests. Depending on their responses, I will select the sampler kit I believe best meets their needs and the needs of their guests. I usually choose The Original or The Renegade Sampler kits for their first Wine Tasting. You can find out more about the Sampler kits here.

World of Wine

The dimple or indentation in the bottom of a wine bottle is called a punt. Punts are a historic relic from the days when wine bottles were made by glassblowers. Nowadays, wine bottles are machine-made and much stronger, so for the most part, punts no longer serve a useful purpose. Perhaps the only exception would be Champagne and sparkling wines. Punts allow for a more even distribution of the high pressure found in those wines. An article in Vinepair offers 10 explanations why wine bottles have punt in the bottom.
Many people have a negative view of sulfites because of the warning that appears on the labels of wines produced in the U.S. However, sulfites are a preservative, protecting the wine from spoilage during its time in a tank, barrel, or bottle. They are a natural byproduct of fermentation, so they are present in every wine to some degree. In addition, many winemakers add them to protect their wines while they are sitting on store shelves.
In the U.S., the legal limit for sulfites in wine is 350 mg/L. In Europe, the limits are lower – 200 mg/L for whites and rosés, 150 mg/L for reds. Because the goal of our winemaker is to “protect the tasting experience for our customers and guests,” WineShop At Home wines contain significantly lower levels of sulfites than U.S. wine sold in stores. In fact, they are closer to the levels found in Europe.
Almost all our customers are pleased that WineShop At Home wines are low in sulfites. Many believe this prevents them from waking up the next day with a wine headache. While it is true our wines are low in sulfites, the premise that sulfites cause wine headaches is generally untrue. See our FAQ on this subject here.
Because U.S. wines have a warning label about sulfites, many people automatically assume that they are the cause of their wine headaches. However, that is generally untrue. A bag of french fries has 13 times more sulfites than a glass of WineShop At Home wine. Most wine headaches are caused by histamine or tyramine.
Histamine, the primary culprit, dilates blood vessels when a person lacks an enzyme in their intestines to metabolize it. A doctor may prescribe antihistamines or recommend Vitamin B6 to help the person deal with it.
Tyramine does a double-whammy. It first constricts blood vessels, then dilates them. People sensitive to tyramine may also get headaches from aged cheeses, smoked or cured meats, and citrus fruits.
Lastly, dehydration also causes headaches. That’s why we stress that guests need to eat during wine tastings and clean their palates by having some water between the wines.
As you can see, there are several reasons why a person can get a wine headache. The specific cause is something that is best determined by a doctor.
Ultimately, the decision to drink alcoholic beverages while pregnant is one that should be made in consultation with your doctor. However, a new study suggests that pregnant women who drink up to two standard glasses of wine a week are unlikely to harm their unborn baby.
A standard glass of wine is 5 ounces. At our WineShop At Home wine tastings, we do 1-ounce pours of 5 different wines, which adds up to the same amount of wine as 1 standard glass. Therefore, participating in a WineShop At Home wine tasting party will not likely harm your baby – as long as you don’t help the host “drain the bottles” after the tasting part of the party is over.
You can read more about this study here.
The number of calories in a glass of our wines depends on the type of wine. Considering that a typical glass of wine is 5 ounces…
Red wine – 25 calories per ounce – 125 calories.
Dry white wine – 24 calories per ounce – 120 calories.
Sweet white wine – 28 calories per ounce – 139 calories.
Rosé wine – 20 calories per ounce – 100 calories.
Sparkling wine – 20 calories per ounce – 100 calories.
Based on these figures, it will take approximately 11 minutes of jogging, 8 minutes of swimming, or 27 minutes of walking to metabolize the calories in one glass of our wines.
Here is a great graphic that answers this question!

Outside of growing up in the Bordeaux region of France, like our winemaker Alex Reble, the best way to learn about wine is to taste as many different varietals and blends as you can. One way to do that is by hosting an in-home wine tasting! I’d be happy to introduce you to the world of wine! Another way is to sign up for our wonderful Wine Club, where you can receive up to four new wines every month! To learn more about our in-home wine tastings, go here. More information about our Wine Club can be found here.
Outside of that, there are two books I recommend. The first is The Idiot’s Guide to Wine, which you can purchase here. The second is called Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine and it can be purchased here. These two books are excellent and provide great introductions to the world of wine!
In addition to those books, don’t forget the magazine Wine Spectator. It’s the premier magazine on wine that was founded in 1976 and is published 15 times a year. In addition, if you sign up for their online membership, you’ll have access to their library and also several online courses about wine! You can access Wine Spectator here. Another great magazine is Food & Wine, which talks about wine and has a lot of great food recipes. It was founded in 1978 and is published monthly by Time, Inc. You can access it here.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Lifestyle section of the WineShop At Home website. It offers a lot of good information about wine. You can access it for free here.
Most wine hangovers are caused by dehydration. So, the cure starts with waking up early – yes, I said early and drinking lots of water! The folks at Wine Folly have come up with a great 8-step guide to getting over a wine hangover quickly. Check it out here!

Career

After retiring from a long career in government service and completing my Master’s degree, I wanted to earn some extra income while searching for a new job in the private sector. Additionally, I wanted to find a job or a hobby I could do alongside my wife. Since we both love wine, WineShop At Home was the perfect opportunity. Plus, when I found out I could earn $60-$70 an hour for each Wine Tasting, I was sold!
As an experienced leader, I know the joys of creating a successful high performance team. In addition, it is a lucrative part of the business. It is how Wine Consultants transition from earning $500 to $1,000 a month to earning a six-figure annual income.
Many times at Wine Tastings, I hear, “What you do looks like a ton of fun. Can I do it too?” Of course you can! I also find new Wine Consultants through social media and networking events, as well as at restaurants and in other service-related jobs. I think everyone who wants to earn extra income would love a career in the world of wine! It’s a joy to see people become successful in their own wine business!
You’ll earn anywhere from 20%-44% commission, depending on what level in the company you are and how much wine you sell each month. The more Wine Tastings you do, the higher the commission you will earn. You get paid twice a month and you can choose to receive a physical check or direct deposit. Most new Wine Consultants will earn $80-$120 per average Wine Tasting right from the start, which is a great part-time income. As you do more Wine Tastings or grow a team, your income will keep rising. You may also earn a case or a half-case of wine each month! Ask me for the detailed compensation plan. I’d happy to send it to you.
No, WineShop At Home is headquartered in Napa, California. However, it operates in 38+ states, as well as the District of Columbia. We are very careful when we enter a new state to ensure that we are fully compliant with that state’s regulations.
The number is constantly changing; however, it is currently less than 4,000 nationwide. That means the market is NOT saturated and there is A LOT of room to grow!
I read a lot of books and magazines about wine. I also look for news stories about wine and share them daily on my blog. Of course, I drink a lot of wine to try out all the different varietals and blends I’m learning about. I also talk with a lot of wine enthusiasts. WineShop At Home also has training programs and calls, a National Convention, Leadership seminars, and frequent webinars. Our Winemaker provides information about our new wines in tasting notes and in online videos. Lastly, I keep in constant contact with my WineShop At Home leaders.
Wine fascinates me and I love to share what I learn about it. Check out my business page/blog on Facebook here.
YES. About 1 in 10 Wine Consultants is working the business as a full-time job. As they move up in leadership, many are earning a six-figure income. Most hold as many tastings as those who work the job part-time (7-8 a month). Today, people want freedom and flexibility in their work life. Being a Wine Consultant allows you to work according to whatever your financial needs and personal goals are. It’s completely flexible! I love it!

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