Last updated: October 18, 2016
Nice choice! A wine club makes a fantastic gift for experienced and new wine drinkers alike. The joy of a package of wine arriving at one’s door really never gets old, and as with all gift of the month clubs, a wine club is a gift that keeps on giving. If you’re unsure of what type of wine drinker you’re buying for, don’t fret... this list focuses on what we lovingly refer to as palate-pleasers—wines that are hard to find objectionable by any reasonable standard (or wine drinker).
With so many 2-bottle wine clubs out there (the gold standard in wine club gifting), we’ve had lots of opportunities to pick the ones with the best gift packaging and gift announcements (including last-minute gifts), in addition to the best wines and the best customer service. Oh, and don’t forget the wine education! Part of a great wine of the month club gift is a superlative newsletter which helps the recipient learn more about the wine they’re drinking, and maybe even convince them to join a wine club on their own dime!
Check out our new profile just for gift-givers or see all of our wine clubs ranked by giftworthiness.
The California Wine Club's Premier Series is the best blend of great wine, great value, and a great gift. Your gift recipient will enjoy two boutique wines from small California wineries in each shipment, but also all kinds of extra fun comes in each box, from recipes and discounts in the online store, to note cards or wildflower seeds—always something to delight your recipient.
Shopping Last Minute? The California Wine Club has custom gift cards you can print or email to your recipient so they have something to open on the big day.
The California Wine Club offers their best deals on the Premier Series, but they also have several other interesting clubs, including an Aged Cabernet Series and an International Series for those with palate wanderlust.
The Gold Series from Gold Medal Wine Club showcases award-winning California wines. They go all-in on packaging, sending out an artist-designed gift box to hold their grape treasures. Depending on the time of year, they also offer some pretty fun gift freebies.
A great perk to ordering from Gold Medal is their focus on rewarding customers for buying more. Upgrade the subscription to four bottles and you'll save 10%. Buy 6-months or more and save at least 5% (on Gold Series). They also offer a Bonus Bottle program where you can add an extra bottle to your shipment.
If you're looking for something more niche, Gold Medal also offers a Pinot Noir club, a Platinum club featuring higher end wines, and a Garagiste club showcasing hard-to-find small wineries with teeny tiny productions.
Shopping Last Minute? The Gold Medal Wine Club has custom gift cards you can print so they have something to open on the big day.
Winc (formerly known as Club W) is a hugely popular wine club offering impressive value from their wine line-up. They have started producing most of their own wine, working with independent winemakers and growers to create thoughtful and fun wines at a great price.
Giving Winc as a gift is super easy—just pick how much you want to spend (a minimum of $60, then $50 increments starting at $100) and they take care of the rest. For $6 more, you can send a wax-sealed gift notice via USPS to announce your generosity (instead of an email announcement).
Shopping Last Minute? If you waited until the last minute, the email option is great, but you can also overnight the fancy notice for $20.
Each month your gift recipient can choose from either their palate-matched selections, or pick their own wines based on what looks good to them. A personalized wine club like this is a great opportunity for someone new to wine to learn what they like in a friendly environment.
The wine subscriptions on this list are here because they handle all aspects of gifting well, not necessarily because the wine is the most amazing thing anyone's ever had to drink. We include The Premier Series because it is a great value for a two-bottle wine of the month club gift.
They offer unprecedented options for how many shipments you want, how frequently you want them, and of course what color wine you want. If you're looking for a two-bottle wine of the month club gift that ISN'T only California wine, we strongly recommend giving this International wine club gift.
Insider Tip: MonthlyClubs offers a very cool 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).
Shopping Last Minute? When you check out at Monthly Clubs, you'll be given an option to email a gift announcement (either immediately or on a specific day) and you can also choose to download a gift notice to print yourself.
The Original Wine of the Month Club has had the most time to figure out how to pack a ton of value into every shipment, but lately they've really been focusing on gifting. When you buy a Vintner's Series Gift, in addition to the impressive gift packaging, your recipient will get bonus items in their shipment—whether it's a wine tote, a wine carrier, or a cheese board.
When you choose a Wine of the Month Club gift through our site, you can also save an exclusive 10% on any wine gift memberships by using the promo code BESTWINE at checkout.
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.
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.
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.
The best California wine clubs make the best gifts, too. This selection of monthly clubs has been chosen for this list based on their excellent selection of wines representative of California’s many varieties and styles, as well as their eminent gift-worthiness.