Last updated: November 10, 2016
We've reviewed hundreds (seriously) of red wine clubs — some feature only red wine, some just French or California reds, some just one grape or only red blends, not to mention all of the different price-points offered? it's easy to get overwhelmed.
The great news is, we've got your back. We use the same (mostly) objective ratings criteria for picking the best red wine of the month clubs as we do for all of our top wine club lists — and we know you'll love every red wine club on this list.
Buying for someone else? See our Best Red Wine Clubs for Gifts list, too. Interested in a specific grape? Check this page for all of our single-varietal red wine clubs.
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 very reasonable prices for the significant quality.
In addition to curating interesting wines, the Plonk Curated club is the top red wine club on our list because 4-bottle shipments contain four different red wines, which is different than many other red wine of the month clubs which send out 2 or even 4 of the same red wine.
A fan of a particular kind of red wine? The Plonk Varietal clubs offer a fun way to learn about new wines you, or your favorite wine lover, might enjoy. With the Cabernet club, each shipment contains one "traditional" Cabernet Sauvignon and one wine with similar characteristics of an unusual varietal and typically from an unusual region. There is also a Pinot Noir club — and we're big fans of this "doppelganger" approach to wine discovery.
There are only a few elite-level red wine clubs out there, and finding the ones that focus on just California wines is tricky, so if you love fine California red wine, this club is sure to knock your socks off. The Signature Series is #1 on our Editor's Picks list for a reason — you can't do better than this.
The Signature Series wine club is predominantly red, but occasionally an excellent white is in the mix. The price varies each month depending on which wines are featured. Membership also includes a Personal Wine Consultant at your service and discounts when you reorder your favorites.
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.
Looking for something more affordable? The California Wine Club's Premier Series is an outstanding wine club value and you even get two bonus bottles of wine with coupon 2EXTRA at checkout.
Singling out red wine clubs for high quality and great prices is a tough job, but hey, someone's gotta do it! We're big fans of the Gold Medal Wine Club and this stellar red wine of the month club represents the best of Gold Medal can do you for you as a customer.
The Platinum series red wine club shipments contain a thoughtful selection of hand-crafted red wines from California's best wineries. You won't find these wines on grocery-store shelves or closeout sites very often, and Gold Medal's prices are sometimes better than winery wine club membership prices.
Hot Tip: Gold Medal Wine Club has a rewards program and offers member reorder discounts even further below their already-discount wine club prices. Stock up!
Platinum not your target wine style? The Gold Series is The Gold Medal Wine Club's value-focused club, The Garagiste Series is their newest wine club which features TINY production wines from California's up-and-coming winemakers, The Pinot Noir Series is designed to keep even the pickiest Pinotphiles well-stocked and happy, The Diamond Series is Gold Medal Wine Club's top-tier wine club featuring the pinnacle of California winemaking from cult winemakers and sold-out productions.
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.
New! GrapeSeed Wine's Red Wine Club is an awesome way to discover the joy of premium California red wine, particularly Napa & Sonoma where most of the wines are currently produced. GrapeSeed works with pedigreed winemakers to produce creative new wines and calls its member "Partners" because your membership enables them to operate this way.
We're excited to have GrapeSeed on our website because the quality really impressed us and it's something we feel what they're offering is unique among wine clubs. To us, this wine club feels like a winery wine club in that we get to know the winemakers and the producer they way we would if it was a single winery? but of course every year the wines will change, and not just because it's a different vintage from the same vineyards!
GrapeSeed ships quarterly and you'll get notification before your order is charged, in case you want to change the contents or opt out of a shipment. You can also pick up a one-time shipment to see if you like the wine and give GrapeSeed wines as a gift.
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For picky red wine lovers, inClub is the way to go. You can get shipments anywhere on the continuum of "Send me anything" to "Send me exactly what I love" — you can pick your regions (down to the nitty gritty), your varietals, and your price-point. The number of bottles will vary each month depending on what's in the shipment.
With total online management, you can customize your red wine club at any time, including vacation holds and cancellations.
Want a particular kind of red wine club but not ready to customize everything yourself? inClub has several "pre-configured" red wine clubs for you to choose from: Cabernet Sauvignon, French Reds, Italian Reds, Napa Reds, and Pinot Noir.
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.
Not surprisingly, there are a number of amazing values in white wine clubs. Since white wine is often cheaper than read 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.