Last updated: November 13, 2018
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A wine club is the perfect gift for both experienced and new wine drinkers. The delight of wine arriving at your door never gets old, and like all gift of the month clubs, a wine subscription is a gift that keeps on giving.
If you're unsure of what type of wine drinker you're buying for, don't worry: this list focuses on what we lovingly refer to as palate-pleasers — wines that are hard to find objectionable by any reasonable standard (or wine drinker).
We think about the whole gift-selection process when we put this list together. Our first priorities when deciding on the best wine subscription gifts include gift presenation options, reliable high-quality wine, and customer service record.
Oh, and don't forget the wine education: part of a great wine of the month club gift is the informational material which helps your wine lover learn more about the wine they're drinking, increasing confidence in wine selection and enjoyment.
The California Wine Club only sells wine produced by small, family wineries in California — no bulk wine, nothing large production, not ever. Their Premier Series is their "entry level" wine club gift. The California Wine Club offers a terrific blend of great wine, wine education via their full-color magazine Uncorked, and their top-notch customer service which includes personal wine consultants.
About the Wine: The Premier Series, featuring wine from family-owned and operated California wineries, is available as a 2-bottle and a 4-bottle wine club of mixed red and white wines, red wine only, or white wine only. When you order red- or white-only you get 2 each of the same bottle in the shipment, and 4 each if you've upgraded.
About the Gift: Your gift recipient will enjoy two boutique wines from small California wineries in each shipment, but also all kinds of extra fun comes in the first shipment — an elegant bottle stopper, a $25 wine credit, a VIP winery tour and tasting invitation, and a personalized gift card from you. In future shipments there could be little goodies, too, like artistic note cards or expanded recipes — always something to delight your recipient.
New this year is a special gift add-on for $18. This add-on is a beautiful gift announcement package. You can order ahead and have it either delivered directly to your recipient or have it sent to you so you can give something when you see him or her. It includes a custom printed message in a gift box, with a corkscrew and a wine stopper.
Shopping Last Minute? The California Wine Club has custom gift cards you can print or email to Mom.
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The Gold Medal Wine Club showcases award-winning California wines and the Gold Series is their "entry level" wine club gift. The Gold Medal Wine Club is consistent in the quality of their wine, their wine magazine The Wine Press, and their excellent customer service.
About the Wine: The Gold Series, a collection of medal-winning wine from family-owned and operated wineries in California, is available as a 2-bottle and a 4-bottle wine club of mixed red and white wines, red wine only, or white wine only. When you order red- or white-only you get 2 each of the same bottle in the shipment, and 4 each if you've upgraded. A PLUS! bottle is available in each shipment for an additional $39 — these are special bottles the wine club was only able to procure in smaller quantities than their full wine membership requires.
Insider Tip: Gold Medal Wine Club really encourages the "buy more, save more" concept by rewarding customers for bigger orders. Whether you upgrade to four bottles or buy more months, you'll be getting more for your money.
The Exclusive 2018 Deal: Gold Medal has put together a special gift package just for our readers. Give a Gold Series gift of 3 or more shipments and they'll get a bonus bottle of Napa Cab and you'll give them free gift wrapping, gift box, and a gift card, too.
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.
VineBox is one of our new favorites. While most wine of the month clubs are focused on selling wine in quantity, VineBox has scaled back and instead sells in-home wine-tasting experiences. Each shipment features three glass tubes of wine, each containing 10 cl or roughly 3.3 oz (a small glass of wine).
About the Wine: The wines are super interesting, mostly old-world selections (think European wine regions) and are sophisticated selections you almost certainly have never seen before. The unique feature of this subscription, the glass tubes, are rebottled from full-size bottles using a specially developed nitrogen system which prevents any wine from ever coming in contact with oxygen during the process.
About the Gift: VineBox's standard packaging is perfect for gifting. Each box is a well-designed treasure chest. The interior is composed of a dense, black foam that protects the tubes during shipment. If the recipient loves a wine and it's still available, they can order a full size bottle through VineBox.
Insider Tip: Each box is really only suited to a one-person tasting, so if you're buying for a couple and want them to share the experience, we recommend using their "Double It" option which also saves you 5%. When they redeem the gift, they'll select their wine preferences and the shipments will begin.
Shopping Last Minute? VineBox offers to send a gift announcement via email, so they know a gift is on its way before they receive it. The default setting is to send the email as soon as you place your order, but you can opt to have it sent on any future date on the same screen where you add your custom gift message.
Plonk Wine Club has been one of our favorite wine clubs for years. Their proprietor and wine buyer, 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. If you know someone who is serious about wine, but not locked into their favorite brands, this is a great wine club gift.
About the Wine: Plonk only works with high-quality wines, it's a point of pride for Etty to select the best wines around the world that retail for less than $30, and then bring those beautiful wines to a market who would otherwise never see them, month after month, year after year. Each wine is distinctive, balanced, and shows "typicity" (which means it tastes like the grapes it says are on the bottle). Each wine also has character, creating enjoyment and adventure in every sip. Despite its name, Plonk does not offer cheap wine, but it's really quite affordable for the amazing selection of wine they send.
About the Wine Gift: Plonk makes a great wine club gift for any wine lover, but especially for more experienced wine drinkers who want to discover new regions and varietals. The one major drawback is that they don't gift wrap the bottles. You can get a custom gift message in the first shipment, though.
Shopping Last Minute? You can customize a gift announcement with a personal greeting, and choose delivery via email to your recipient (immediately upon purchase), or to yourself so you can print it out and present it in person.
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The International Wine of the Month Club has been sending out monthly gifts to happy customers since 1994. They do a good job at selecting wines that will appeal to most wine drinkers. The Bold Reds Series is perfect for Dad as it makes a great gift for people who like bold red wines and want to discover how they're made around the world.
About the Wine: The wine selection for The Bold Reds Series focuses on bigger, spicier reds that go well with pizza, steaks, and other strongly-flavored food. It includes popular varietals like Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz from around the world — including France, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and more. If you're looking for a two-bottle wine of the month club gift for a red wine lover, we strongly recommend giving this International red wine club gift.
About the Gift: The International Wine of the Month Club offers unprecedented options for how many shipments you want, how frequently you want them, and they even let you pick which month the shipment should arrive in, in case you're super pro-active and want to order ahead. You can also choose what color wine you want. Gifts arrive with the bottles wrapped in organza bags and are presented with The International Wine Club's educational newsletter, Cellar Notes.
Insider Tip: The International Wine of the Month Club offers a very cool Design Your Own Club program where you can mix and match Wine, Beer, Cheese, Chocolate, Cigars, and Flowers in your monthly gift. Another great way to use this Design-Your-Own club is to customize a wine club gift membership. Imagine you're giving a 6-month subscription, but one of those months includes your favorite wine lover's birthday — you can upgrade that month to their Collector's Series for a special treat.
Shopping Last Minute? When you check out at The International Wine of the Month Club, you'll be given an option to email a gift announcement (either immediately or on a specific day) and you can also choose to download a gift notice to print yourself.
Overview: This wine club, one of our favorites, features hard-to-access, ultra-premium, mostly red wine, from California's boutique family wineries. An important thing to note: not all bottles shipped in this club have the same general cost. Instead of getting two $75 bottles, you might get a $140 and a $35 bottle. No matter how much it retails for, you'll always get interesting wine from the Siganture Series.
What We Love: We love the wine we've received from this club, in fact it's on our Editor's Picks list because we'd sign up for this one. Also, they reward volume purchasing! If you can afford it, by upgrading to the 4-bottle per shipment program you can save up to $11 per bottle. Get a preview of the killer selection in their online wine store.
Could Be Better: As a general rule, we think The California Wine Club has little they can do to improve. Whether you're buying for yourself or as a gift, they've really done a lot to create a wine club worth joining.
Overview: Winc set out to change the wine industry by finding new ways to get better value to wine drinkers in the under $15 range, and boy have they ever. By delivering unprecedented value at $13 a bottle and personalized selections geared for every palate, Winc is a standout wine of the month club. If you're ready for more sophisticated wines, you can upgrade to Winc Select. Either way, you can save even more money by participating in their myriad rewards programs.
What We Love: We love how they go above and beyond to reward loyal customers with substantial savings and invitations to a premium level program. No other wine club offers this level of loyalty rewards, or this much fun! Also, as time has passed under wine director Ryan Zotovich, the selection of premium wines has both grown in selection and quality.
Could Be Better: Winc works so hard to make their service great that it's hard for us to think of something they should do to make it even better.
Overview: Among other "journey around the wine world" clubs Wine Awesomness stands out for exceptional educational materials. This is a great wine club for you if you're not sure yet if you're a "wine club" person or if you're looking to give a gift to a young wine-lover who's just starting to discover the world of wine.
What We Love: The level of sophistication in both design and writing of their monthly magazine and how the wine isn't expensive but is a very good value.
Could Be Better: So many people love to give wine subscriptions as gifts, and we think a gift packaging option and customizable gift notifications would add to the subscription gift option.
Overview: These are the highest level wines you can get in a membership from The Original Wine of the Month Club ™, generally well-made wines from well-known areas. At $25-30 a bottle, it's competitive with several other wine clubs on price, but the wines are little more "traditional" and not discovery oriented.
What We Love: Paul Kalemkiarian, second generation proprietor at Wine of the Month Club ™ goes out of his way to source interesting wines, and in this price point that can be a challenge, particularly in finding California wines. So he leans on an International selection to bring you better value in this price range.
Could Be Better: This is our favorite wine subscription from Wine of the Month Club, but we think the marketing text on their website is a little overhyped. Expect very good wines for these prices, but "Special Occasion" seems too generous of a description.
Overview: Napa Valley is famous for Cabernet Sauvignon, but there is a substantial amount of other wine being grown and produced in Napa that's also very good. The same growing conditions, the same winemakers, but we're seeing great red blends, other single-varietal reds, and of course, terrific white wines, too! This wine club ships Napa wine every other month.
What We Love: Who doesn't love getting world-class Napa wine at bargain prices? While Napa Cab often fetches upwards of $60 a bottle, these other Napa wines delight at just $25 a bottle.
Could Be Better: We'd love to see this club delivered monthly and in larger quantities... two bottle just doesn't seem like enough! It is the perfect amount for a wine club gift, though...
Overview: If you're ready to upgrade to a higher quality wine from California and explore what all of the artisanal buzz is about, this should be your first stop. These mostly red wines from the best small wineries typically retail in the $35-90 range but you pay a much lower price to have them delivered. Joining for yourself means variable shipment prices, but if you buy as a pre-paid gift subscription you'll know your price in advance. Hint: Buy yourself a pre-paid gift subscription instead of joining as an ongoing member.
What We Love: We spend a lot of time wine tasting in California and are personally familiar with many of the wineries shipped in Gold Medal's Platinum Series. They ship our favorites and must-try wines like Dilécta GSM from Paso Robles, Volker Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and Frank Family Petite Sirah from Napa to name a few.
Could Be Better: With such an amazing breadth of white wine being produced in California, we're sort of disappointed that all of the white wine in the Platinum series has been Chardonnay. We'd love to see some bold Rhone white selections from Paso Robles, some Sauvignon Blanc from Santa Barbara, and of course, surprise grapes.
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You must really like some lucky wine drinker if you're on the hunt for the best red wine club gift! Most wine clubs offer "red wine only" versions of their month clubs, but this list of red wine gifts also includes special wine clubs that always ship only red wine.
If you know a white wine lover, a white wine only wine club membership is a fabulous gift—for both of you! As the gift-giver, you can save a few bucks since whites are usually cheaper than reds, and the recipient will get a box of happiness delivered each month, with white wines they may not have tried or discovered yet.