Wine Club FAQ and Guidelines

VALLEY WINE CLUB FAQs & GUIDELINES
 
How do I become a member?
If you are looking to be a new member – please go to www.churchstreetwineshoppe.com/wine-club/and click the option at the bottom of the page to sign up to become a Valley Wine Club Member. You must submit a request, be approved, and pay your membership in full before you can sign up or attend a meeting. Membership is $209.00 per person plus tax for one year of membership – there is no discount for couples or family memberships.

How do I create an account on your site?

You will need an account on our site in order to sign up for your meetings via our ‘Events’ page. If you do not have an account yet, click HERE to sign up. If you and your spouse plan on using one account for both of you, please write both your first names in the ‘First name’ box.
How do I sign up for a meeting?
To sign up for a meeting, please visit www.churchstreetwineshoppe.com/events.
Please do not show up to a meeting without having confirmed your date ahead of time. This ensures we will have enough seats, wine, and food for everyone in attendance.
If you are reserving for yourself and a spouse under the same account, please make sure you book 2 spaces. Likewise, the number of spaces you reserve should include any guest you plan on bringing. If your reservation includes a guest, please make a note of this in the comments section of the booking.
The form will ask for your wine club member number. If you do not know yours, please contact Lynsey at 256-970-4097 or
hello@churchstreetfamily.com.
If you would like to sit with a specific person or persons, please note this in the comments box and we will do our best to accommodate you. This is also where you may request to sit at a certain table or in the loft.
Once you are finished with the form, click the button at the bottom to submit your request. Remain on the same page while your request is processed, and once it has been sent you will see a “success” message in green and you will receive an email that your request is pending. If you do not see this then your request may not have gone through.
Your booking request must be approved by an administrator. This is to ensure that only Wine Club members are able to attend meetings and to ensure that any requested guest bookings are valid. You will receive a confirmation email once your booking has been approved. If you do not receive a confirmation email from us within 2 business days, your reservation may not be saved or there may be a problem with your booking. Please email us to inquire about it at hello@churchstreetfamily.com.
What if I need to cancel my reservation?
If you cannot make it to a meeting that you have reserved, please let us know 48 hours prior to your event date by contacting Lynsey at hello@churchstreetfamily.com or 256-970-4097. If we do not receive at least 48 hours notice of your cancellation or if you do not show up to a booked meeting without any notice, you will not be able to rebook another meeting for that month.
How often do I get to attend wine club?
We will give you several dates to chose from, but Wine Club members can only attend one meeting per month. Meeting days consist of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
You will receive an email blast from CSWS the month prior alerting you to the meeting dates for the following month. That email will include instructions on how to sign up for a meeting online.

What do I do if I want to attend on a guest speaker night?

The Wine Club email blast will also advise members regarding the meeting(s) that the guest speaker will attend. It is our goal to have a guest speaker every month, but this isn’t always possible. Members are guaranteed to attend a meeting with the guest speaker once per quarter. The guest speaker meetings are noted on the ‘Events’ page – simply choose that meeting if you wish to attend on that day. You may sign up to see the guest speaker on any given month, but if that meeting fills up and you have seen the speaker in the past three months, you may be asked to reschedule your meeting day. This is to ensure every member has the same chance to see a guest speaker. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

Can I bring someone who isn’t a member to wine club?

Wine Club members get one guest pass per year of membership. If your guest joins the Wine Club after attending the meeting, you will get your guest pass back to use again that year. If your guest does not join the Wine Club after attending, then your guest pass is ‘used’ and you cannot bring another guest to a meeting for the rest of your membership term. There is no option for guests to attend and pay per meeting.
If you cannot attend a meeting, a guest cannot go in your place (see above guidelines for guest). There are no substitutions for memberships.

What happens at a wine club event?

You will come in to the Shoppe and see tables set up for a sit-down style wine tasting. We will serve five tastings of wine perfectly paired with waiter-served small food bites. While you are enjoying the tastings of wine & food, a speaker will present the wine and give details about the selection, tasting profiles, and winery you are enjoying. There will also be time for you to mingle with those at your table between tastings.
If you would like to sit with a specific person or persons, please let us know when you make your reservation online and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please note that larger groups may need to be split into multiple tables.
Our ample wine list menu will be available to everyone at the beginning and end of each meeting, and we encourage you to start your tasting off with your favorite Church Street Wine Shoppe selection. The evening’s wines will also be available by the glass.
ALL wines tasted are available for sale by the bottle at the end of the meeting. As we are always looking for unique or exclusive wines, we may not stock these wines or have them available after the month of tasting, and so purchasing bottles at Wine Club is encouraged.
Is there anything else I should know?

  • There are no food substitutions at Wine Club
  • Wine Club is a pre-selected menu and we are not responsible for food allergies/preferences. If you have a food allergy please tell us ahead of time and we will do our best to accommodate it, but we cannot guarantee anything and our kitchen is not free from cross-contamination.
  • Please arrive a few minutes before the meeting so you have time to take your seats and order food (if you wish to) before the meeting begins. We start at 4:30pm or 6:00pm sharp.
  • You are still welcome to tip your server should you wish to (your membership fee does not include gratuity).
  • If someone in your group has booked to attend Wine Club but does not show up, another member may NOT eat/drink that person’s share as well.
  • We ask that members not wear strong perfume or cologne to meetings as it affects the aroma and palate of the wine.

What else do I get as a wine club member?

  • 5% off wine purchases throughout the year (10% off for cases) – This includes by the glass wine purchases as well as bottle purchases.
  • Reduced corkage fee from $15.00 to $5.00 on bottles over $20
  • Opportunity to attend a meeting with a guest speaker – winemaker, vineyard owner, or wine educator – once per quarter
  • Early invites with first opportunity for a reservation to all Church Street Wine Shoppe’s events, as well as our exclusive events open solely to Wine Club members
  •  NO mandatory bottle sales or minimums required!
If you have any questions regarding Wine Club or the guidelines stated above, please email us at
hello@churchstreetfamily.com