The Top 5 wine of the month clubs for gifts
Last updated: July 22, 2013
Good on you for buying a wine club as a gift! The delight 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!
Our editors have pored over our extensive wine club reviews and hand-selected these clubs 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, and our readers buy these wine clubs more often than 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 red 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.
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