First, and foremost, we are a group of people that love wine and everything about it. We also know the savvy readers of The New York Times deserve access to some of the best and most unique expressions of varieties and terroir you can find in great wine. This is why we make it our mission to find not only great tasting wines but wines from respected wineries that represent the regions from which they come. And every one of these wines has a story worth telling – stories that truly enhance the experience of enjoying them with family and friends.
Our team is comprised of seasoned wine professionals including a Master of Wine (one of only roughly 300 in the world!), certified sommeliers, a chef with an incredible knack for pairing wine and food, and devoted people who have spent the bulk of their careers in the wine industry.
Our stellar team of wine professionals, with over 115 years of combined experience, basically locks themselves up in a room to taste through thousands of wines from all over the world. Using a proprietary evaluation process, the team must reach a consensus on whether a wine is deemed fit for the club. Each wine is passionately debated and judged for its typicity, balance and value, among other factors, ensuring you only receive the very best wine available.
As one of only roughly 300 Masters of Wine in the world, Tim has over 13 years of buying, sales and wine management experience with world-renowned UK retailers and importers. He is a highly sought-after wine judge and panel chair for top wine competitions, known for his masterful palate. Tim also holds a Diploma of Wines & Spirits.
To say Martin is obsessed with wine would be an understatement. Not only does he hold a Diploma of Wines & Spirits and is a Certified Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, he is also currently enrolled in the Master of Wine program. Martin’s background is in wine buying and sales at a highly-regarded boutique wine shop in Napa Valley.
As one of the most widely recognized and respected wine professionals in Napa Valley, Jen has over sixteen years in the restaurant industry, including a stint as Food & Beverage Director for celebrity chef Cindy Pawlcyn’s award-winning restaurant group. In 2012, Jen was honored by FOOD & WINE magazine as one of their Sommeliers of the Year.
Mark’s love for wine began in college where he started his first cellar in his dorm room closet. Later on, he tested his tasting chops in the California Wine Tasting Championships, winning eight of thirteen attempts. He was the first Sommelier of the famed Masa’s restaurant, where Wine Spectator magazine (1986) named his wine list “one of the best in the world.”
Do you ever wonder who crafts the beautiful poetry of the tasting notes included in each wine club shipment? That would be the handiwork of Mary Burnham, a noted wine writer, tasting-panel judge and wine educator. An East Coast native with more than a decade of experience in the industry, Mary followed her passion for wine to California. She is the author of several highly-regarded wine guides.
There are a lot of wine clubs out there all claiming to have the best selection of wines. So what differentiates The New York Times Wine Club from the others?
Not that we like tooting our own horn, but members of The New York Times Wine Club have a lot of nice things to say about us. See what some of them are saying:
“Wines have consistently been delicious – even varietals I typically don't like.”
~ Anne, Sampler Club Member
“I trust the NYT to vet the vendors thus alleviating my need to check or experience anxiety.” ~ Lamont B., Reserve Club Member
“I have liked every wine I have tried.” ~ Sampler Club Member
“There are so many wines available now, it's difficult to know what's good. This makes that process much easier.” ~ Joshua S.
“The wines are amazing.” ~ Beth C., Sampler Club Member
“I love receiving a very good bottle of wine and then being able to order more.”
~ Cal C., Sampler and Reserve Club Member
“I started a wine club group using the NYT Wine Club. We love the variety, quality and the recipes are always delicious. We're having a great time!” ~ Sampler Club Member
“Excellent wine choices, consistently high quality, interesting variety, wine pairing recipes.” ~ Sampler Club Member
“The Club exposes us to wine we would not have otherwise been inclined or known to try. It has also encouraged us to contemplate pairings we would not have considered.” ~ Reserve Club Member
“I have been impressed with the quality overall, especially for wines I could not easily get elsewhere. We find wines we have to reorder! And have reordered.”
~ Anne G., Sampler Club Member
“I try wines that I would never find in our local store.” ~ Club Member