Last updated: December 6, 2014
Sussing out the best quarterly case wine club isn’t the easiest job in the world. There’s a lot of noise from the company that brought this type of wine club to the US market (Laithwaites) and there are many imitators trying to get in on the action. We love Quarterly Case Clubs because they are the most cost-effective way, as a consumer, to receive wine in the mail and because fewer shipments is more friendly to the environment (less fuel used on deliveries and less packaging).
We’ve located the signal among the noise—the best case clubs—and recommend these quarterly wine clubs, each offering an option to buy a case of wine every 3 months, and have it conveniently delivered to your door. We definitely emphasize quality and consistency in these selections, so stock your cellar and enjoy wine more often without breaking the bank.
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: A personalized wine program that starts with an in-home wine tasting experience, then gets to know your palate and only sends you wines that fit your wine profile. If you want to buy your wine by the case, this is a great choice for getting wines that suit your preferences.
What We Love: Tasting Room by 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. We also receive complaints regarding their customer service being hard to reach. This is reflected in the Customer Service rating we give them.
Overview: For the regular drinker of truly Italian wines, this wine club delivers great value and a lot of fun.
What We Love: An amazing array of freebies delivered in nearly every shipment. Gorgeous coffee table books, a high-end corkscrew, a wood gift box with accessories... and more!
Could Be Better: We'd love to see a gift option (pre-paid subscription) because this would make an excellent gift for an Italian wine lover.
Overview: One of the best International wine clubs. Each shipment features a new wine region... and often unusual ones!
What We Love: Consistent quality and excellent "discovery" club enhances your wine knowledge and expands your palate.
Could Be Better: We'd love it customers were rewarded for ordering the bigger shipments. "Buy more save more" would be great!
Overview: Great value on many different types of wines from around the world and a consumer-favorite wine club.
What We Love: They have one of the best line-ups of introductory offers for wine clubs we've seen.
Could Be Better: With such unprecedent buying power, we'd love to see better quality wines at these prices.
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.
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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.
Love wine but can’t really afford to drink the pricey stuff? No sweat. We know how value matters when you want to stretch your wine budget as far as it can go, and we lean our ratings heavily toward the ultimate measure of value in wine clubs—quality-to-price ratio (a.k.a. QPR).
Looking for the best affordable wine clubs? Our editors have carefully scrutinized budget-oriented wine clubs to help you extract the most value and enjoyment out of your wine-club dollars.
Looking for a cut above the regular wine selection in your next monthly club? Try one of these Premium wine clubs. The wines typically cost a little more, but you’ll find you have access to a more unique selection, and wines that are much harder to find at your local store or in another wine club.