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Some frequently asked questions (and answers!)

Who are the five members of The Wine Gang?

The Gang are some of the most experienced and influential wine experts in the UK. Each a totally independent wine writer and wine judge, their expert opinions on wines comes together in The Wine Gang to offer a unique guide to the country's wine shelves. It is the most comprehensive and thorough report available in the UK. You can read their full biographies here.

How much does membership cost?

Membership costs £19.99 per year for individuals, and from £100 to £200 per year for wine trade members, depending on the size of the business.  You can pay online using all major debit and credit cards.

What do I get by becoming a member?

As an individual member of the Gang you have full access to our web site, including our database of frank and honest opinions and ratings for 16,000 wines available in the UK. At time of review we always include an accurate UK price and stockist for every wine, as well as food-matching suggestions. Every month you will also receive our newsletter to inform you when a new 200-wine report has been published. These wine are also added to our ever-expanding database. As you read our notes you can save wines into your own personal shopping list, or you can choose to save them into your cellar, where you can also record your own tasting notes. Members can also rate and review wines, and they can participate in exclusive competitions as well as purchasing discounted tickets for our fabulous wine events across the country.

Trade members get all of the above, but also the rights to use any of our tasting notes within their own communications and marketing materials. Full trade members can also have up to 10 individuals from their company on their account, each will have their own login and will receive our reports, and the list of 10 can be updated by the trade member at any time.

Do you offer a free trial?

Yes indeed: you can sign up for a free trial and you will enjoy completely unrestricted access to all facilities for five weeks. At the end of that time you will be prompted to upgrade to a full membership. If you choose not to do so, your membership will lapse.

How do members access the most recent monthly report?

Click on 'The Juice' on the top menu bar, then on 'Latest report'. You can then access all sections within the report.

How do members access the archive of previous monthly reports?

Click on 'The Juice' on the top menu bar, then on 'Archive'. You will see all previous reports in reverse chronological order, all fully accessible to you including the monthly editor's letter, all tasting notes and that month's news.

How do members access the archive of Blog posts?

Click on 'The Juice' on the top menu bar, then on 'Blogs'. You will see all previous blogs in reverse chronological order.

What's the best way to find a note for a particular wine?

We have a simple search function that members can access from the spyglass icon top right of every screen. However, a powerful advanced search is available from the 'Search our wines' menu item, and within 'My Wine Gang'. This search allows you to filter the search results by a number of parameters including:

  • Keyword
  • Wine Styles
  • Country
  • Food match
  • Retailer
  • Grape variety
  • Price
  • Vintage
  • Score
  • Review Date

Do you offer food matching advice?

Every tasting note has suggested general food matches, and you can search on these (see above), but we will often highlight a particular dish that has worked really successfully in our tasting note.

What is 'My Shopping List' and how do I use it?

As members read our reports or search for wines, each wine has an 'Add to shopping list' button. Simply add all the wines that interest you most to create your own shopping list. When you click 'My Wine Gang' you enter your own private and personal members' area. Here you can see, maintain and print-off your shopping list and you can delete items from it, or use the search facility to find and add more.

What is 'My Cellar' and how do I use it?

Like 'My Shopping List' there is also an 'Add to my cellar' button against every wine. Simply add all the wines that you have purchased to create your own cellar. When you click 'My Wine Gang' to enter your personal members' area you can see, maintain and print-off your cellar list, but here you can also add your own tasting notes and scores to the wines we have reviewed and you have purchased.

Can I give my feedback on the wines reviewed?

You certainly can! We encourage you to add your ratings and comments on the wines you taste, which will be visible to the Gang and to the entire community of members. Against every wine you will see a User Rating from 1 to 5 stars, which you can click having tasting the wine, to rate it how you want. There's also a 'Comments' icon. Click here and you can leave your comment on the wine and see the comments of other community members.

How can I change my email address or password?

Click on My Wine Gang, then on My Profile. Under the Edit tab you can change various things about your account, including email and password.

I am a trade member, how to I administer my account?

Click on My Wine Gang, then on My Profile. If you have a full trade membership you will see an option for "Subusers" that lets you add and delete up to 10 members on this account.