Last updated: July 22, 2013
The many expressions of California winemaking can keep a wine-lover entranced in the glory of wine produced here. When giving a California wine of the month club, the perfect place to start is this list of best California wine club gifts.
Consistent quality, food-friendliness, and delightful packaging are hallmarks of these California wine clubs which make great last-minute gifts. They each also have fun and educational newsletters to encourage your recipients to buy more of these great wines, often at a members-only discount.
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Overview: An incredibly popular wine club delivering the highest-quality wines among the two-bottle monthly wine clubs.
What We Love: Consistency. We've been receiving their shipments for years and we've never had a wine we didn't like. You can't really ask for more than that from a wine club.
Could Be Better: We don't have any suggestions for what to improve within the Gold Series wine club. Yay!
Overview: Uncorked Ventures' "Special Selection" is indeed special. We love the careful mix of "big scores" and "unique finds" they feature in this club.
What We Love: We're quite impressed with most of the past selections from Uncorked Ventures, especially as they include some of our favorite West Coast wine-growing regions.
Could Be Better: We'd love to see more content on their website to talk about their wine-selection process, some of the awesome stories from the road, and even their monthly newsletter.
Overview: When considering a two-bottle a month wine club for yourself or someone else, this wine club ought to be near the top of your list.
What We Love: When it comes to places to find deals on wine, we often look to the California Wine Club. Not only do they start with great prices on their Premier Series wines, but they also have fantastic discounts after the shipments have gone out.
Could Be Better: We'd like to see them offer bigger shipments.
Overview: It's hard to go wrong with a California wine club. Bring California wines to your living room every month.
What We Love: We love the dedicated and hip nature of Evolution. They carry an impeccable selection of wines at great prices.
Could Be Better: We'd love to seem them offer this wine club in an ongoing subscription and a bi-monthly option.
Overview: A California wine club featuring some of California's finest wineries, at prices that are downright reasonable.
What We Love: The amazing selection of wineries and the value-pricing. We're pretty sure you can't beat these prices and we don't expect that from Dean & DeLuca... but we do expect excellence.
Could Be Better: Absolutely nothing. We wish more wine clubs were like this one.
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.
A monthly wine club makes for a wonderful gift, for any type of wine lover. If your recipient drinks occasionally, or is someone you don’t know really well, you’ll find this selection of best wine club gift reviews a perfect place to shop.
If you know a white wine lover, a white wine only wine club membership is a fabulous gift—for both of you! As the gift-giver, you can save a few bucks since whites are usually cheaper than reds, and the recipient will get a box of happiness delivered each month, with white wines they may not have tried or discovered yet.
You must really like some lucky wine drinker if you’re on the hunt for the best red wine club gift! Most wine clubs offer “red wine only” versions of their month clubs, but this list of red wine gifts also includes special wine clubs that always ship only red wine.