Last updated: October 26, 2016
If you’re looking for the best premium wine club, it’s probably because you’ve either grown accustomed to great quality wine and want more of it, or you’re to upgrade your current wine club experience to a higher-level. Great news, when you decide to move up the pricing tiers, you can actually get much bang for not a lot more buck.
These premium wine clubs feature higher-end French or Italian wines, boutique California wines, an occasional bubbly selection, and typically are priced just-right. We like this category of wine clubs because the focus is less on squeezing every dollar of profit out of the membership, and more on delivering fun wines that the owners and vintners themselves like to drink.
Overview: For the wine connoisseur with a penchant for California wines, this wine of the month club is a sure thing. One of our most favorite wine clubs, the boutique gems delivered by The California Wine Club are ready to drink or can be cellared, but the real reason to join is the benefit of being a member of The California Wine Club — best-in-class customer service with your own personal wine consultant, a top-tier satisfaction guarantee, and discounts on reorders of your favorites (if they're still available).
What We Love: They reward volume purchasing! If you can afford it, by upgrading to the 4-bottle per shipment program you can save up to $13 per bottle.
Could Be Better: We have very little we feel The California Wine Club could do to improve. The prices sometimes feel a bit high, but when you factor in all of the benefits of membership, including a satisfaction guarantee, we still feel like you get what you pay for here.
Overview: Garagiste is a term which describes up-and-coming winemakers who toil away creating artisanal wines in their, well not usually, garages. If you're someone who wants to be up on the latest and greatest future stars of California winemaking, try the mostly red wine selection of Garagiste wines from the Gold Medal Wine Club.
What We Love: We look forward to discovering new wineries from all over California. We know we're getting very good wine at below-retail prices and helping small family businesses grow.
Could Be Better: Like other Gold Medal Wine Club series, we'd really like to see more information about the winemaking and viticulture in the educational materials.
Overview: We already go weak in the knees for a great champagne, but the shipment we received has us wishing the next shipment would get here sooner. A mouth-watering way to explore the region of Champagne, particularly from boutique grower houses that rarely export to the United States.
What We Love: A delightful and decadent way to treat yourself (or pamper a lucky gift recipient), Henri's Reserve is a playful yet sophisticated true Champagne Club, featuring top-notch small producers.
Could Be Better: It would be the best Champagne Club ever if they really stepped up the rewards of membership. We've been told they're working on it.
When we talk about Winc (formerly Club W), we generally refer to the amazing value you get for being a Winc member. This is because their primary audience is looking for inexpensive but good-quality wine (much of the selection is priced at $13 per bottle and they offer free shipping when there are four or more bottles in a shipment).
Because this is the Best Premium Wine Clubs page, we get to talk about their awesome higher-level wines! Winc sources their own fruit and makes their own wine and they pick really great wine regions like Napa, Santa Barbara County, and leading regions around the world for their International selections.
We have found that starting around $19 per bottle, Winc is delivering outstanding value. We ourselves are wine club members at high-end wineries in the regions Winc specializes in, and we find the Winc wines often deliver equal-quality and equally enjoyable wines at 30-40% below winery retail prices.
To get their premium selections, you sign up with the normal process, saving $25 when you click from our website, and take their palate profile quiz. Then you ignore their recommendations and pick your own wines, focusing on those higher-end options. We highly recommend the Porter & Plot wines (Pinot Noir, Grenache Blanc, and Dolcetto) along with all of the other premium selections.
We've hand-selected these wine clubs for you because: They exceed our expectations as compared to similar wine clubs; They offer better value or a better selection of wines than similar wine of the month clubs; Our readers prefer these to similar clubs.
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.
If you’re a wine collector, odds are good you’re already familiar with wine clubs, but probably from the wineries themselves, and maybe this is your first foray into retail clubs. For you, we have assembled this list of drool-worthy, crave-worthy, and even semi-culty wines to please your picky palate.
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.