Last updated: March 6, 2016
We've sampled shipments from nearly every wine club on our site, and even from many wine clubs that aren't working with us any longer. We get these shipments for free, so there's really never a reason for us to join a wine club. That said, some incredible wine clubs come across our desks. If were going to buy a wine club, for ourselves or as a gift, it would be one of these five.
We chose a wine club for each type of wine we drink throughout the week, making sure we always have something on hand that we can't wait to open. Across all levels, these are our definitive Editor's Picks for best wine clubs.
Note: This list is different than our other Best Wine Clubs which take into account general consumer preferences, our reader's favorite wine clubs, and those we think deliver the most value. We're not really average wine drinkers around here anymore, so this list is reflective our personal tastes.
For ultra-premium California wines, I can't think of a wine club I'd rather see arrive at my door. These hand-selected small-production gems represent the very finest California has to offer in collectible and drinkable wine. Stunning depth, roundness, balance, and fruit-forwardness will delight you with every sip.
Offered monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly—so no matter how often you have a special occasion, you'll always have the perfect wine to celebrate on hand.
* Insider's Tip! You'll save by buying a pre-paid subscription "gift" for yourself. Buy 6 shipments and save 10%, buy 12 and save 15%. Use our exclusive coupon code WCR25 and save $25 on your first month's shipment.
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.
It's hard not to love a wine club that lets you tailor absolutely every aspect of it to your specific preferences. We're not generally excited about wines under $15/bottle, so we opted for the Upscale & Premium selection which averages around $25/bottle. We'd choose the $150 option to get 5-6 bottles per shipment.
The inClub ensures we always have our favorite varieties and regions on hand, as well as helping us discover new wines we haven't tried in those genres.
* Insider's Tip! If for some reason you get bored with your selection, you can upgrade, downgrade, buy more or less, swap out regions and varieties?you have total control and can change up your club every month if you like.
When it comes to Pinot Noir, we're pretty finicky. We have a strong preference for California Pinots, with all of the fruity, juicy, cola flavors we can get. While we go gaga for Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, we're serious sippers of Santa Barbara County (especially Santa Ynez), and Central Coast Pinots, too.
The Gold Medal Pinot Series features only California Pinot Noir from top wineries. Every month needs a little Pinot Noir in it, so this club holds a place on this list.
It's no secret, we love the Plonk Wine Club. We've been big fans for years and they just recently launched a case club (12 bottles) for those of us who really can't get enough. It's the normal 4-bottle shipment but you get three each of these fun, easy-drinking and adventurous wines.
By ordering the 12-bottle club, you save almost 20% over the 2-bottle pricing and you'll always have your favorite selections in triplicate.
* Insider's Tip! Get a 10% discount on all reorders and a 25% discount on shipping for 12-bottle reorders.
Champagne is one of life's little luxuries, it's expensive but it also brings joy to any day of the week. Treat yourself or give it as a gift, Henri's Reserve will tickle anyone's tongue with delight with small wineries from Champagne, France that don't always make it out of France.
Offered monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly—so no matter how often you have a special occasion, you'll always have the perfect bubbly to celebrate on hand.
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.
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.
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.
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.