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Last updated: October 1, 2017
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).
The gold standard in wine club gifts is 2-bottles delivered monthly, so we've pored over the selection with a fine-toothed comb to find the wine of the month clubs with the best gift packaging and gift announcements (including last-minute gifts), on top of the best wines and the best customer service. 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.
Want to get specific? We've also ranked Red Wine Club Gifts and White Wine Club Gifts. Need to spend less than $150? Stick to three month gifts and shop our Best Affordable Wine Clubs list.
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The Gold Medal Wine Club showcases award-winning California wines and the Gold Series is their "entry level" wine club. 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, 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.
Gift Info: As a gift, we've put the Gold Series at the top of the list for two big reasons. First, we believe the Gold Series is an excellent mix of value and quality. Second, Gold Medal's gift packaging is the best in the business. Each bottle is wrapped, the pair is delivered in a beautiful artist-designed gift box with a matching customized greeting card, and you can choose your target delivery date for gifts. Exclusive! Gold Medal has put together a special gift package just for our readers. Get the gift box and printed gift card for free, as well as a 93-point Cabernet Sauvignon worth $29 in the first shipment!
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.
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. 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.
Wine Selection: The Premier Series, 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.
Gift Info: 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 note cards or wildflower seeds—always something to delight your recipient.
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.
The Interntational 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 Premier Series is their "entry level" wine of the month club and it makes a great gift for people who like wine but aren't super picky about the grape or the region.
About the Wine: The wine selection for The Premier Series includes popular varietals like Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay, but also regional specialties from around the globe. If you're looking for a two-bottle wine of the month club gift that ISN'T only California wine, we strongly recommend giving this International wine club gift.
About the Gift: They offer 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 materials, Cellar Notes.
Insider Tip: Monthly Clubs 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 (or for yourself).
Shopping Last Minute? When you check out at Monthly Clubs, 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.
The Wine of the Month Club® is the original article — they invented the whole shebang back in 1972! And, because they have had lots and lots of practice, they are still a great wine club and excellent wine club gift.
About the Wine: The Limited Series is the high-end wine club from Wine of the Month Club® and we've chosen this club as a gift (instead of their "entry level" club) because it's most comparable to the other wine clubs on this list. Their Classic Series is a less expensive wine club, but we think the Limited Series wines are better and are a better value. An international selection of popular varieties of fine wine are sure to make any wine lover happy to see the box has arrived.
Gift Info: The first shipment of two bottles arrives in a custom box accompanied by a three-ring binder to keep each shipment's wine tasting notes together. Four-month gifts have a bonus "Grab N Go" insulated bottle carrier in the first shipment, six- and 12-month gifts include a Country Home rustic cheese set as a bonus gift. Exclusive discount! Use coupon BESTWINE at checkout to save 10% on any pre-paid gift at Wine of the Month Club®.
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.
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.
About the Gift: Plonk doesn't place a heavy emphasis on gifting. They offer gift shipments, pre-paid like most other wine clubs, but there isn't any gift wrap or pomp and circumstance around their shipments. You can create an email gift announcement or print a customized gift announcement to give on the big day. If you're a corporate gifter, they WILL customize shipments for you. Don't forget to tell them you learned about this from WineClubReviews.net, please. Bonus! Save $10 on your first order with promo code NEWMEMBER and get a free double-jointed corkscrew in your first shipment — our favorite corkscrew, and we've got dozens.
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Wine clubs are the white wine lover's best friend. Excellent & affordable sums it up. There's so much more than Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, so join one!
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.