Last updated: March 25, 2015
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!
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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!
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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: Club W is a new kind of wine club—get a personalized list of available selections each month and then choose your own wine. Very flexible in size of shipment and what goes in the box each month. This makes for a great gift, too!
What We Love: We love the great selection of quirky wines mostly priced at $13 with some better wines sprinkled in. We are especially impressed with the whites and roses which deliver knockout value. We love that you can put as many wines in your box as you want, and that shipping is free on 6 or more bottles.
Could Be Better: The wine descriptions tend to purposely avoid helpful terms that experienced wine drinkers look for in selecting bottles (i.e., no references to "buttery" or "acidic"), and the red wines haven't been our cup of tea. It's hard to sell a good red wine for $13, but we think they can do better here.
Overview: A true one-of-a-kind wine subscription chock-full of delightfully unexpected wines and a serious desire to connect wine drinking with art and culture.
What We Love: For the oenophile, no such experience exists but the Le Metro wine subscription. Every step of opening the box and drinking the wine was delight.
Could Be Better: Nada.
Overview: Featuring hand-picked, adventurous selections from around the world. Great value and great drinking in every shipment.
What We Love: Industry-leading customer service, no ho-hum selections allowed, always over-delivers on value, and it's a great wine club for foodies.
Could Be Better: As this wine club continues to add more benefits like a satisfaction guarantee, discounts on reorders, partnerships to enhance their wine pairing, and more choices for customization, we only have praise for Plonk.
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.
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.
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.