Bad wine club

Forgive me OH Wise Ones. I am a wine newbie and thought it'd be smart of me to join an inexpensive wine club to dip my toes into the water.

The last two months were good and fairly reliable. Given the cheapo price tag, this was about what I expected. This month, though, was truly just bad. The red reeks of isopropyl alcohol and the white tastes "off", like the bad kind of bitter/sour. Not pleasant at all.

It makes me sad to see two full bottles of wine that I basically want to pour down the drain. I feel like I could spend my money much more wisely on ONE bottle that I choose myself and that I'd enjoy. So, I guess this was a learning experience, but... are wine clubs generally just a bad idea? How else does one systematically expand the palate?

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