Last updated: February 4, 2015
Not everyone who loves wine can afford premium prices, so if you want wine for a dime, this list of best affordable wine clubs is a great place to start. We examined quality-to-price ratio (QPR in the wine biz), price per bottle, shipping costs—and of course, the wine selection. Some wine clubs make a point of offering affordable monthly wine clubs because it's the right thing to do, so we also focused on companies with great customer service and strong reputations.
The definition of affordable is subjective—as is the definition of good wine for that matter—but these selections are geared toward value-shoppers, and not just the frugal ones. These picks are most likely to please shoppers who prefer not to spend more than $20 on a bottle of wine, but also are good for people who want a monthly treat, or gift, for under $40 per shipment.
Not sure if “affordable” is the most important aspect of your wine club purchase? Try our Top 5 Wine Clubs list to see a top-notch selection of wine clubs for any budget.
While Club W appears on many of our Best Wine Clubs lists, it's place at the top of the Best Affordable Wine Clubs list is well-deserved. With wines priced starting $13, and free shipping on orders with six bottles or more, you'd be hard-pressed to find another value-oriented wine club with wines this good. Feel like a splurge or have a big anniversary coming up? No sweat, just swap out one of your $13 Palate Profile selections for a Curator's Choice selection and you?re covered. Satisfaction is guaranteed.
Want to push your value further? Pick white wines when ordering from Club W. You'll think you're shopping at the fancy wine store down the street.
Tasting Room by Lot18 offers two ways to squeeze extra value out of your wine-budget. First, by sending you a case a quarter instead of 4 bottles a month, you get volume pricing and you save on shipping. Second, because they're only sending you wines that fit your WinePrint™ — a patent-pending wine-rating technology — you'll like a great percentage of what you buy. These wines are comparable to wines you'd find at BevMo! for around $20-22, but you're only paying $14.17 a bottle, including shipping.
Want to save money and look like you didn't? Try The Forbes Wine Club by Lot18 instead!
The Wall Street Journal Wine Club isn't for everyone, but if you like easy-to-drink wine that goes with almost everything, and you love a deal, we recommend the WSJWine Club. Cancel any time, but you'll always have wine on hand and access to exclusive deals with WSJWine.
Caveat: The company that manages the WSJWine Club is not known for superior customer service. If you've got special wants and needs, this isn't the club for you.
The Premier Series is a great value for a two-bottle wine of the month club. They offer unprecedented options for how many shipments you want, how frequently you want them, and of course what color wine you want. What really sets this club apart is the value of these highly-curated international wines.
Insider Tip MonthlyClubs offers an amazing Design Your Own Club program where you can mix and match Wine, Beer, Cheese, Chocolate, Cigars, and Flowers in your monthly gift (or for yourself).
The Original Wine of the Month Club is decades old because they always go out of their way to deliver extreme value. The Classic Series is their budget-oriented wine of the month club, but the wines are quite good — about the same as you'd find at your local grocery store for $15, but your grocery store won't guarantee the wines, replace the wines you don't like, or offer you 20-30% off on reorders!
Want even more value? Upgrade to the Cellar Series and save on shipping by buying six bottles every other month instead of two bottles every month.
We've hand-selected these wine clubs for you because: They exceed our expectations as compared to similar wine clubs; They offer better value or a better selection of wines than similar wine of the month clubs; Our readers prefer these to similar clubs.
The best red wine clubs are a mix of two things: the best wine clubs overall, and getting the most value on red wine (which can be expensive for the good stuff). We sifted through our independent wine club reviews to figure out which wine clubs are really the best red wine clubs. These red wine clubs are sure to delight.
Not surprisingly, there are a number of amazing values in white wine clubs. Since white wine is often cheaper than read for similar quality, we went even further with our best white wine clubs list, looking for the clubs that offer you interesting whites, not just good whites. Use our reviews to further refine your selection.
Seen one of those great offers for a super cheap case of wine and want to know which one is really the best quarterly case wine club? Well, we’ve looked at ‘em all... and most of them aren’t worth it. Here are a handful of quarterly case clubs that pass our test to be called best.
Love wine but can’t really afford to drink the pricey stuff? No sweat. We know how value matters when you want to stretch your wine budget as far as it can go, and we lean our ratings heavily toward the ultimate measure of value in wine clubs—quality-to-price ratio (a.k.a. QPR).
Looking for a cut above the regular wine selection in your next monthly club? Try one of these Premium wine clubs. The wines typically cost a little more, but you’ll find you have access to a more unique selection, and wines that are much harder to find at your local store or in another wine club.