Last updated: June 30, 2014
If you’re looking for the best premium wine club, it’s probably because you’ve either grown accustomed to great quality wine and want more of it, or you’re to upgrade your current wine club experience to a higher-level. Great news, when you decide to move up the pricing tiers, you can actually get much bang for not a lot more buck.
These premium wine clubs feature higher-end French or Italian wines, boutique California wines, an occasional bubbly selection, and typically are priced just-right. We like this category of wine clubs because the focus is less on squeezing every dollar of profit out of the membership, and more on delivering fun wines that the owners and vintners themselves like to drink.
Overview: The big brother wine club for the award-winning Gold Series, we think they're delivering a top-notch wine experience with this wine club, too.
What We Love: For a wine club that picks out such excellent wine, they don't need to be so customer-friendly on their extra features... but they are! We can't help but love their attention to detail.
Could Be Better: Especially at this level, we'd really like to see more information about the winemaking (not just the vineyards and the winemakers).
Overview: Uncorked Ventures' "Special Selection" is indeed special. We love the careful mix of "big scores" and "unique finds" they feature in this club.
What We Love: We're quite impressed with most of the past selections from Uncorked Ventures, especially as they include some of our favorite West Coast wine-growing regions.
Could Be Better: We'd love to see more content on their website to talk about their wine-selection process, some of the awesome stories from the road, and even their monthly newsletter.
Overview: Custom wine club where you choose everything. These special occasion wines deliver amazing QPR due to clever buying strategies.
What We Love: No other wine club has ever, and probably will ever, deliver this level of customization. You want it? You got it. It's perfect for any oenophile.
Could Be Better: We'd love to see a ton more pre-made "personality profiles" to make sign-up at any price a breeze. Also, the ability to buy a case at a time would be fabulous.
Overview: A thoughtfully-curated selection of premium wines whose quality exceeds their price. We enjoyed the unusual selections and the beautiful tasting booklet which accompanies the shipment.
What We Love: The wines are very good, especially when compared to other wine clubs in this price range. The introductory offer and member re-order discounts make this an excellent way to buy wine online.
Could Be Better: This is a fairly limited offering for a wine club. We'd really like to see options for a pre-paid subscription as well as red-only and white-only selections, and monthly deliveries.
Overview: A solid two-bottle International wine of the month club. Consistent value and quality, with thorough tasting notes make this great as a gift or for yourself.
What We Love: A mixed tasting panel of consumers and professionals ensures a broad range of wine drinkers will enjoy their selections, and we are fond of all their many ways to customize your order.
Could Be Better: We're not sure these wines qualify as "Collector" so the name feels awkward. We know the wines are great, and are premium wines, but Collector evokes an elite level.
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.
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.
If you’re a wine collector, odds are good you’re already familiar with wine clubs, but probably from the wineries themselves, and maybe this is your first foray into retail clubs. For you, we have assembled this list of drool-worthy, crave-worthy, and even semi-culty wines to please your picky palate.
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.