So you figured out the perfect gift — a wine of the month club! — but you've waited to long to have it shipped in time for the big day? No worries, since wine clubs ship on a regular schedule, some of the better ones have created ways for you to give a gift on the holiday, even if the gift isn't the wine itself.
Here's what makes a great last-minute wine club gift: 1) Offer a way to notify your gift recipient directly of the joy heading their way (email or USPS) and 2) Offer a way to customize a printable gift message that you can include in a card. We're also taking into account other gifting factors when we rank the wine clubs on this last-minute gifts list.
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We love The California Wine Club and it tops many of our lists of best wine clubs. It's an especially great gift item. If you've waited to loo long to have the wine there by the big day, have no fear, they've got you covered with how to give the gift before the wine arrives.
Download and Print: The California Wine Club offers a downloadable gift notice that is really nicely designed. You fill it out yourself after you print it. We recommend using a black Sharpie when writing over printer ink.
Mail: The California Wine Club does not offer a mailed gift notice other than the gift itself.
Email: Notice is emailed immediately when you make the card, but is not part of the checkout process so you can buy the gift anytime and go online to send the gift notice on the big day. The email directs the gift recipient to view the postcard on the The California Wine Club website. The presentation on this is just okay.
Gift wrap: All gifts from The California Wine Club include gift-wrapped bottles and a beautiful welcome packet with a full-color magazine and a $25 credit for use in their wine store.
The Premier Series is their primary wine club designed for maximum enjoyment and minimum cost to you. Two bottles of California wine from boutique wineries throughout the state. Through December 26, all gifts ship with 2-Day Delivery (rules are determined by the shipping companies) for the price of ground shipping. (Only applies to first month of shipping, may not be available in all states.)
We also love the Gold Medal Wine Club and it also tops many of our lists of best wine clubs. It's an especially great gift item. If you've waited too long to get the wine there by the big day, have no fear, they've got you covered with how to give the gift before the wine arrives.
Download and Print: Gold Medal offers a downloadable gift card that you can customize online. It's a little on the plain side but it gets the job done.
Mail: At checkout, you can opt to have your gift notice mailed to your recipient. The gift card they send is nicely designed and you can customize the gift message. This option is an additional $2.50.
Email: Gold Medal doesn't have an email option for gift notices.
Gift wrap: Gift packaging is usually extra, and they've got some terrific gift packaging, however our customers have an outstanding deal available to them this holiday season — FREE artist gift box, gift wrapped bottles, gift card, AND a bonus bottle of Reserve Meritage. This exclusive deal is good through December 31.
The Gold Series is their primary wine club designed for maximum enjoyment and minimum cost to you. Two bottles of California wine from boutique wineries throughout the state. Three-month gifts are $150 plus sales tax where applicable. One-time shipments available at $50.
We also love Winc and it also has a place on many of our lists of best wine clubs. It's an especially great gift item. Since all of their wine membership gifts are gift cards that get redeemed at the convenience of the recipient, no shipping deadlines apply to Winc gifts, but it does mean their gift notices are extra important.
Download and Print: When you purchase a gift from Winc, you can customize a gift notice to be downloaded and printed. It's a little stark like their other branding, but the typography is elegant and more importantly, there are instructions on how to redeem the gift!
Mail: At checkout, you can opt to have your gift notice mailed to your recipient. They offer FedEx ground shipping for $6 (this is probably good until December 19th) and FedEx Overnight for $20. These notices are beautiful in and of themselves.
Email: When you purchase a gift from Winc, you can customize a gift notice to be emailed. It's a little stark like their other branding, but the typography is elegant and more importantly, there are instructions on how to redeem the gift! The email notice is sent immediately, so if you're opting for email, wait to order until the day you want to give the gift.
Gift wrap: Since you're giving a gift card to be used toward a membership, there is no gift wrap — just the gift notices.
Winc subscriptions allow the member to receive wines geared toward their personal preferences, or they can choose their own wines. Wines range from $13 to $30+ but most are $13. This is a great wine club for people just getting started in wine and those who want to explore different styles of wine.
Monthly Clubs has been a go-to wine club gift since 1994 and while many of their competitors haven't made it, the club has staying power because they really focus on gifting, both for the giver and recipient. If you've waited too long to get the wine there by the big day, have no fear, they've got you covered with how to give the gift before the wine arrives.
Download and Print: Monthly Clubs offers a downloadable gift notices is customized online before you download.
Mail: Monthly Clubs does not offer a mailed gift notice other than the gift itself.
Email: The email notification is the same as the downloadable gift notice but Monthly Clubs is the only service which lets you choose the date the email is sent in advance. This means you can buy the gift whenver you want but get the email sent on the day you want to give the gift.
Gift wrap: All gifts from Monthly Clubs include gift-wrapped bottles.
The Premier Series is their primary wine club designed for maximum enjoyment and minimum cost to you. Two bottles of wine from around the world. Three-month gifts are $146.85 plus sales tax where applicable. One-time shipments are not available.
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.
Download and Print: For any of Plonk's wine club gifts, you are given the option to download and print a gift announcement. It is customized with a gift message from you.
Mail: Plonk does not offer a mailed gift notice other than the gift itself.
Email: The gift notice is emailed immediately when you purchase.
Gift Wrap: Plonk does not gift wrap the wine bottles in the first shipment.
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. 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.
About the Gift: The one major drawback is that they don’t gift wrap the bottles.
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.
Like most things, one size does not fit all in wine gifts. Our reviews outline the best wine club for gifts. We also have lists for red and white wine gifts.
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.
In addition to the selection of best wine clubs based on general consumer preferences and what our readers like, we've gone ahead and cherry-picked the monthly wine clubs we'd most likely join if we weren't getting the subscriptions for free.