Last updated: January 15, 2016
This Best Wine Clubs list is a carefully-evaluated selection of the overall best monthly wine clubs online. We choose wine of the month clubs that offer a balance of quality, price, a satisfaction guarantee, and are frequently bought by our readers.
These Top 5 wine clubs get re-checked every month to ensure they continue to meet our high expectations. Despite the monthly check-up, the list doesn't change very often, and usually the changes reflect the buying habits of customers more than any changes to the clubs themselves.
Find the best wine club to join here, or on our other lists of best wine clubs.
Whether you want to explore the joys of small-to-medium sized California wineries right in your own living room, or you want to give that experience to someone else, the Gold Series wine of the month club is a winning choice. It's like joining all of California's winery clubs, but only the best wines are delivered and you get even better prices. This is an incredibly consistent monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly subscription offering high-quality wines you won't find at BevMo!, Costco, or Trader Joe.
Customer service is priority numero uno at Gold Medal, with rules like "the phone doesn't ring more than three times and a person always answers it." They can handle reshipping and rerouting of packages at no expense to the customer and they do everything they can to keep you happy.
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.
Club W ranks high on our Top 5 Best Wine Clubs list because no other club delivers such an extraordinary mix of convenience, fun, and personalization. Whether you pick the wines they recommend based on your Palate Profile and previous wine ratings, or you go rogue and really make it your own wine club, the bright pink box of quirky wines from around the world brings adventure to your door every month.
Giving as a gift? Opt for the fancy wax-sealed gift notice to really make a splash!
Picky drinker? Not recommended for red wine snobs. If you mostly drink red wine, be prepared to spend more than $13/bottle to get red wines you'll love. Or, try our Best Red Wine Clubs instead.
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The Premier Series from The California Wine Club delivers high-quality wines from California's boutique wineries, every single month. By creating relationships with the families who farm the grapes and vint the wine over 20 years, The California Wine Club gets access to best of each vintage, and then transfers that exceptional value to their wine club members. Lots of extras make this club an excellent way to discover California wine at a very fair price.
Also worth noting, when you join (or give) the California Wine Club, you get access to a personal wine consultant who can make most of your wine dreams come true. They can help with food and wine pairing suggestions as well as help finding wines that fit a customer's palate. And naturally they help customers with every type of customer service issue you can imagine. From replacing bad bottles to re-routing shipments, vacation holds/storage and wine country travel plans. This is the P.S. on every email they send: "P.S. Yes! That's pretty much the answer we give to every request. Please let me know how we can make your experience with The California Wine Club even better!"
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.
Got a few extra bucks to spend? Upgrade to their Signature Series for knockout California wines.
Plonk Wine Club has been one of our favorite wine clubs for years. Etty goes out of her way to procure excellent, interesting, and, where possible, biodynamic wines to delight her customers. As a serious foodie, she also has chef-paired recipes for each selection, and a recommended cheese pairing, too. Count on premium customer service every time, and very reasonable prices for the significant quality.
Worth Noting: If you choose white-only or red-only, you get four different whites or reds unlike other clubs which double-up the selection when you have a color preference. Oh, and we love that double-hinged corkscrew that comes in the first shipment!
Also check out the new Plonk Varietal Clubs for a fun way to learn about new wines you, or your favorite wine lover, might enjoy. Each shipment contains one "traditional" example of the varietal and one wine with similar characteristics of an unusual varietal and typically from an unusual region. We've tried all three variety clubs—they come in Cabernet Sauvingnon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc—and we're big fans of this "doppelganger" approach to wine discovery.
The inClub by invino is a make-it-whatever-you-want-it-to-be wine club. You can choose every aspect of your club—not just wine color and shipment size—but every varietal and region you want. If that's too much customization for you, they have a large number of pre-selected wine clubs for you to pick from, or you can choose no options and take advantage of invino's amazing buying power as a flash sale site.
The number of bottles varies based on the customizations you make.
Note: inClub makes a great gift, and it's the ultimate wine club for picky drinkers who know what kind of wine they want to drink.
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.
Seen one of those great offers for a super cheap case of wine and want to know which one is really the best quarterly case wine club? Well, we’ve looked at ‘em all... and most of them aren’t worth it. Here are a handful of quarterly case clubs that pass our test to be called best.
There are many “standard” two-bottle of the month wine clubs out there—one white, one red, virtually (and often literally) guaranteed not offend anyone. But if you’re intrigued by the unusual, distinctive, or boutique wines of the world, we suggest you take a look at this list of Most Interesting wine clubs.
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.