Last updated: September 12, 2018
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|Rank||Wine Subscriptions||Bottles per Box|
|1||Premier Wine Club||2 per shipment|
|2||Gold Series Wine Club||2 per shipment|
|3||WINC Wine Club||4 per shipment|
|4||The Premier Series||2 per shipment|
|5||VineBox Wine by the Glass Club||9 3.3oz glasses|
|6||Plonk Mixed Wine Club||4 per shipment|
|7||Napa Wine Club||2 per shipment|
|8||International Selections Wine Club||2 per shipment|
|9||Pacific Northwest Series Wine Club||2 per shipment|
|10||Bordeaux Wine Club||2 per shipment|
|11||Platinum Series Wine Club||2 per shipment|
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.
Not seeing your perfect last-minute gift here? See all of the wine clubs with last-minute gift options.
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.
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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.
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 quartelry shipment features nine glass tubes of wine, each containing roughly 3.3 oz (a small glass of 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.
Downlad & Print: VineBox does not offer a Download & Print option.
Mail: VineBox does not offer a mailed gift announcement before the wine arrives.
Email: 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.
Gift wrap: 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.
For You & For Gifts Save $10 on any order and get a free double-hinged corkscrew with your first shipment. Use code NEWMEMBER at checkout.
Overview: The Plonk wine club has always been among our favorites because of the proprietor's preference for quirky but delectable wines. Etty Lewensztain sources interesting wines made from grapes and regions you've never heard of (and some you have). Whether you choose four or twelve bottles you'll be glad you picked Plonk.
What We Love: Lately we've come to think of Plonk as the "Somm club" that isn't run by a sommelier. With a focus on wines under $30 that will delight any curious wine drinker, we think the value is top notch. Also, unlike most wine clubs, if you're thinking of going red-only or white-only, you'll actually get four different selections (three of each if you upgrade to 12 bottles).
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.
Wine Club Gift Info: If you want to give a wine of the month club as a gift this year, this is a great choice for red wine lovers, especially Napa red wine lovers. Give three months or more and the gift is presented in a fun box. Also, our readers can save 10% on all pre-paid gift memberships with coupon code BESTWINE, worth at least $22.
Exclusive Deal For You Save 50% on your first shipment. Until Dec 31. Use code WCRHALF at checkout.
Overview: Using the same methods of wine selection for more than 25 years, The California Wine Club expanded their vision to include an International wine club, too. Get an in-depth look at new-to-you wine regions around the world with all of the perks of being a member of The California Wine Club.
What We Love: As hard as it is to find boutique wines produced in the United States, it's even harder to find these tiny gems overseas.The fine selections we received were an eclectic pair of wines from Becker Vineyards in Germany; a Pinot Noir and a Pinot Gris. There is much to love about The California Wine Club, but we especially love their devotion to their members. We also like that it's a family business supporting family wineries.
Wine Club Gift Info: The International Series is the perfect wine gift splurge for a wine lover who likes to explore new wines. For an extra $18 you order a pre-wine gift package announcing the gift. Send it to yourself to present in person on the big day or send it directly to your wine lover so they know the wine is coming.
Exclusive Deal For You Save 50% on your first shipment. Until Dec 31. Use code WCRHALF at checkout.
Overview: This wine club features wines from Oregon and Washington — two award-winning wine regions drawing the attention of those in the know. Using the same methods and ideas of wine selection as they've used for years in California, The California Wine Club has translated their vision to an Pacific Northwest region. Get an in-depth look at these Burgundian and Bordeaux-style regions with all of the perks of being a member of The California Wine Club.
What We Love: The California Wine Club has an excellent reputation and they've been in business a long time. We like that it's a family business supporting family wineries.
Overview: Bordeaux is famous for huge price tags on their Premier Cru wines, but Bordeaux is a big region and there are many producers of less-expensive Bordeaux wines. This club focuses on these growers and ships every other month.
What We Love: Who doesn't love getting world-class Bordeaux wine at bargain prices? While Bordeaux often fetches upwards of $80 a bottle, these other Bordeaux wines delight at just $25 a bottle.
Wine Club Gift Info: If you want to give a wine of the month club as a gift this year, this is a great choice for French wine lovers, especially Bordeaux lovers. Give three months or more and the gift is presented in a fun box. Also, our readers can save 10% on all pre-paid gift memberships with coupon code BESTWINE, worth at least $22.
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.
Wine Club Gift Info: With elegant gift packaging as an upgrade option, you can make any wine subscription gift really stand out. Send a personalized greeting card ahead or ship it to yourself to present on the big day. When the wine arrives, the first shipment's bottles are wrapped in organza and presented in a beautiful artist-designed gift box.
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.