Last updated: March 3, 2017
What is the best wine club? While wine taste is subjective, being a great wine club is not. At this website a wine-loving human being uses 11 ratings characteristics to evaluate hundreds of wine clubs. These traits are: wine quality, wine quality-price ratio, discount opportunities, customer service record, satisfaction guarantee, giftworthiness, convenience, personalization, curation, uniqueness, and educational materials.
The wine clubs on this page are our best overall wine clubs. If you're buying for yourself and you're not looking for a niche wine club, one of these top 5 online wine clubs will make you glad you signed up for monthly (or quarterly) wine deliveries. No other list of best wine clubs online is as well-researched as ours is. We guarantee it.
Our ratings system is mostly objective, but which wine clubs we pick to be labeled as "the best" go through a much more stringent level of scrutiny — the opinions of our readers. The wine clubs that make this list have at least a 4.5 star rating AND are consistent top sellers among the thousands of customers who have bought wine clubs based on our recommendations over the last seven years. But we update it every month just to make sure no wine club stays on the list that doesn't belong there.
Need a different kind of wine club? Best Wine Club Gifts, Best Red Wine Clubs, Best California Wine Clubs, or see all of our best wine clubs lists.
Winc (formerly known as Club W) ranks high on our Top 5 Best Wine Clubs list because no other club delivers such an extraordinary mix of convenience, fun, and personalization. Whether you pick the wines they recommend based on your Palate Profile and previous wine ratings, or you go rogue and really make it your own wine club, the box of delightful wines from around the world brings adventure to your door every month.
Picky drinker? Not recommended for red wine snobs. If you mostly drink red wine, be prepared to spend more than $13/bottle to get red wines you'll love. Or, try our Best Red Wine Clubs instead.
More to love: We love their focus on sustainability in every aspect of their supply chain and their awesome one time wine gifts at WINC Gifts
New to this list! The International Series from Gold Medal Wine Club brings three wines from a different wine region — and gourmet treats if you upgrade, as we strongly recommend, to the Adventure Package — to your door once a quarter. Like all of the Gold Medal Wine Clubs, you only receive award-winning wines.
One of the shipments we received featured Portugal. This was a great way for us to learn about Portuguese wines because we don't see them at our local stores. Each shipment includes a several-page full-color magazine about the wine region, the wines, and the wineries and winemakers responsible for bringing the great wines into the world.
The Gourmet Adventure Package This is an add-on for foodies or at least food adventurers. Some of the goodies we've received have become regular staples in our kitchen — the smoked red chili flakes from Argentina, the Piri Piri hot sauce from Portugal (like Tabasco but way better), honey, tea, and so much more. It's always so much fun to get the International Series club from Gold Medal.
A great perk to ordering from Gold Medal is their focus on rewarding customers for buying more. Buy a four-shipment pre-paid subscription or gift and save 5%. This club ships quarterly, so four shipments is a year of wine. Also, you can customize it to be red and white wine or red wine only.
If you're looking for a different type of wine club featuring award-winning wines, Gold Medal also offers a Pinot Noir club, a Platinum club featuring higher end wines, and a Garagiste club showcasing hard-to-find small wineries with teeny tiny productions.
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The Premier Series from The California Wine Club delivers high-quality wines from California's boutique wineries, every single month. By creating relationships with the families who farm the grapes and vint the wine over 20 years, The California Wine Club gets access to best of each vintage, and then transfers that exceptional value to their wine club members. Lots of extras make this club an excellent way to discover California wine at a very fair price.
Also worth noting, when you join (or give) the California Wine Club, you get access to a personal wine consultant who can make most of your wine dreams come true. They can help with food and wine pairing suggestions as well as help finding wines that fit a customer's palate. And naturally they help customers with every type of customer service issue you can imagine. From replacing bad bottles to re-routing shipments, vacation holds/storage and wine country travel plans. This is the P.S. on every email they send: "P.S. Yes! That's pretty much the answer we give to every request. Please let me know how we can make your experience with The California Wine Club even better!"
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.
Got a few extra bucks to spend? Upgrade to their Signature Series for knockout California wines.
Plonk Wine Club has been one of our favorite wine clubs for years. 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. Count on premium customer service every time, and if you're giving this as a business gift, don't forget to ask Etty about including your own paper materials in the first shipment.
The Cabernet Sauvignon Club is one of the Grape Variety clubs offered by Plonk (they also do a Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir club if you like those grapes better). We LOVE this series of wine clubs from Plonk. Each shipment contains a classic example of your favorite variety, this month the Cab selection is an organically-grown French Cabernet/Grenache blend from Provence, France, showing fragrant cassis fruit and earthy cedar notes. The second wine in each shipment is a different grape that has similar characteristics, but encourages you to love something other than just your favorite. This month it's an old-vine Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina, bottled unfined and unfiltered and fermented with wild yeasts, this was aged in mostly neutral French oak for 18 months.
Don't really want just one style or grape focus? Plonk's Curated Club offers all of the same exceptional curation and adventure as the grape varieties, but features wine from everywhere. It's available in 2, 4, or 12-bottle shipments and you can choose red, white, or mixed.
Tasting Room by Lot18 comes and goes from this list of top wine clubs. Their popularity shifts around a little (one of the factors we consider when recommending the wine clubs on this list), and so has the quality of their wine.
When we first reviewed Tasting Room, we felt the experience was fun but the wines they chose for us missed the mark. Some folks still complain of this in the first shipment—which was our most recent experience, too. But then something wonderful happened, the next shipment impressed us, and the third shipment was excellent.
When considering a wine club, you may ask, "Why would I want to wait until the third shipment to get wine I love?" And that's a valid question, but there are a few reasons we think you should consider. 1) Once they get it right, you great incredible value out of your wine budget, the wines drink like they cost $20 but you only pay $14.08 a bottle with shipping included. 2) You don't have to pick up wine at the store yourself, but you'll get a steady supply of your favorite styles. 3) You can cancel at any time (though we hear cancelling can be trying at times, so don't say we didn't warn you).
The best red wine clubs are a mix of two things: the best wine clubs overall, and getting the most value on red wine (which can be expensive for the good stuff). We sifted through our independent wine club reviews to figure out which wine clubs are really the best red wine clubs. These red wine clubs are sure to delight.
Not surprisingly, there are a number of amazing values in white wine clubs. Since white wine is often cheaper than red for similar quality, we went even further with our best white wine clubs list, looking for the clubs that offer you interesting whites, not just good whites. Use our reviews to further refine your selection.
When it comes to California wine clubs, we've reviewed the most. And probably tasted the most, too. We live in California and frequently go wine tasting at the wineries. We know which producers deliver tremendous value, and then we use this information when we review all wine clubs featuring California wines.
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.
A monthly wine club makes for a wonderful gift, for any type of wine lover. If your recipient drinks occasionally, or is someone you don’t know really well, you’ll find this selection of best wine club gift reviews a perfect place to shop.
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.