The Top 5 most interesting wine of the month clubs
Last updated: October 8, 2013
Most wine drinkers are content to open a quality bottle of wine to enhance their meal. These food-friendly wines are usually Chardonnays, Cabernets, and Pinot Noirs. Once you’ve tasted these varietals many times over, you may be in the mood for a little more adventure.
We’ve selected this list of Most Interesting wine clubs to tantalize your palate, and to surprise your inner wine geek. Discover wines from remote and little-known wine regions, organic and biodynamic wineries, and experiments from well-known vintners. Maybe you’ll come across a Gruner Veltiner, a Picpoul Blanc, or even an Alicante.
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: 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.
Overview: Entry-level tournament where you compare two wines head-to-head. Best when shared with friends as you open two full-size bottles at one time.
What We Love: The most in-depth wine education experience in any wine club. Someone even gets to play the sommelier! (Feels kind of like being the banker in Monopoly.)
Could Be Better: The "game" experience could be structured to support various levels of interest, in case you're tired and you mostly just want to enjoy the wines and the experience of comparing them.
Overview: A personalized wine program powered that gets to know your palate by starting your subscription with a tasting kit—real wine tasting in your living room. A significant step up from anonymous case clubs.
What We Love: Lot18 delivers on value, but at a higher level than other case clubs you might be considering. These selections are tailored to your preferences and they send exclusive wines you won't find anywhere else. Online account management is a big plus.
Could Be Better: We've had some complaints about quality. This is probably more a factor of their high-end marketing push which makes buyers think these are exceptional wines, when really, they're just good wines. Fortunately, they've just made a major upgrade to their customer service procedures and added a phone line, so we think they're heading in the right direction.
Overview: These hand-picked Italian wines are sure to delight any Italian enophile!
What We Love: Family-owned and operated, these Italianos love their food and wine, and love to share their passion!
Could Be Better: This is the best Italian wine club around? so the only thing to improve is being able to get more bottles! A case club would be perfect for Italian wine lovers.
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 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.
When it comes to California wine clubs, we've reviewed the most. And probably tasted the most, too. We live in California and frequently go wine tasting at the wineries. We know which producers deliver tremendous value, and then we use this information when we review all wine clubs featuring California wines.
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. Great packaging, consistently good-quality wines, and of course the thoughtfulness of a wine gift that keeps on giving.
When considering the best international wine clubs, we decided it was critical to look at how the wines are selected. Are these bulk wines being unloaded by international producers to an unsuspecting American audience? Gasp! The horror! Trust that these clubs will deliver delight, and not leftovers.
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