Written By Treve Ring Libations / Wine Travel Mar 8, 2011 Wine Buying Clubs SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestIf you’re like me, you’re always on the hunt for new wines to try. The Opimian Society might just be the cellar key you’re looking for. Founded in 1973, Opimian is a non-profit wine purchasing cooperative with nationwide purchasing power.Members (20,000 and growing) have access to this master cellar, regardless of their province of residence. Opimian wines are exclusive finds and not available through provincial liquor boards. Wine clubs are not a new phenom, but certainly not the norm in these government-barricaded waters either. According to Globe and Mail wine columnist Beppi Crosariol, the Society is “a quietly influential national wine-buying club that has done more than any politician or self-congratulatory liquor-board bureaucrat to catapult the adult-drink trade in this country out of the Dark Ages and into the 21st century.”Members pay an annual fee (ranging from $114-125 depending on province) to gain access to the ever-changing catalogue of international wines, from the simple to the sophisticated. All wines have been tasted and selected by Master of Wine Kenneth Christie, and complete tasting notes and cellaring advice are included for each selection. There is no minimum order and wines are delivered to your door.Here are a couple of recent wines that arrived in the mail (so convenient!).Briar Ridge Trio 2007, Hunter Valley & Orange, AustraliaTrue to name, this is a threesome of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Verdelho. Citrus crisp, with an oily texture and pleasant finish.WebsiteVina Echeverria Casa Nueva Reserva Syrah 2005, Molina, ChileJammy blueberries, smoky cherries, black pepper and leather.WebsiteFOR MORE MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION CLICK HERE. Wine SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Causes / Events January 25, 2019 Blue Monday Pop-Up Bar – 100 Proof Blues January can be tough around these parts. In fact, it has come to be so globally known as such, that the third Monday of each January has ... Read More Cocktails / Events January 25, 2019 The Complete Bartender Competition 2019 Little Jumbo played host to Nimble Bar Co.’s The Complete Bartender Competition, January 16, 2019 Last Wednesday, I judged my first cocktail ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Comments are closed.