Last updated: June 29, 2017
We've reviewed dozens of red wine clubs. Whether they feature only red wine like Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon, just French or California reds, or only red blends, there are a gazillion red wine clubs to choose from and they're available at a host of different prices. It's easy to get overwhelmed, but the great news is, we've got your back.
This list of best wine clubs focuses on truly the best red wine available through online wine clubs. We didn't use price as a limiting factor because we think the best red wines show up in many different price ranges and we wanted to highlight wine clubs that consistently ship out terrific red wine.
When wine starts to get a bit more expensive, buying through a wine club is superior to buying in a store — particularly if you know what you like or open to many grapes and regions — because of the satisfaction guarantee offered by so many clubs. The best wine clubs will replace anything you don't like, including the expensive stuff. You'll also typically get access to wines you won't find in a store because of smaller productions and winery-direct relationships that bypass the conglomerate distributors.
You might be looking for one of these lists: Best Red Wine Clubs Under $30 a Bottle, Best Red Wine Clubs Under $15 a Bottle, or Best Red Wine Club Gifts.
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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.
Wine Selection: The Signature Series wine club is predominantly red, but occasionally an excellent white or sparkling is in the mix. The wine typically hails from Napa and Sonoma wine regions and usually includes Cabernet Sauvignon or red blends. Shipments have included Janzen wines from the famed Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, selections from Blackbird Vineyards, and Vintage Schramsberg sparkling.
Wine Price: The price varies each month depending on which wines are featured, averaging $161 plus shipping. It's super important to note that you're not getting two $80 wines, you'll probably get one $100+ wine and one $60ish wine. Bonus! Membership includes a personal wine consultant at your service and discounts when you reorder your favorites. Plus, save 50% on your first shipment with coupon WCRHALF at checkout.
Gift Options: Buying for a red wine connoisseur? Unless they don't like California wine (hard to imagine, but they do exist), this will be a wow gift. Gift shipments can be selected from 1-12 months and discounts apply as the number of months increases. Gifts include an elegant bottle stopper, a $25 wine credit for the online store, a VIP winery tour and tasting invitation, and a personalized gift card from you.
Cabernet lover? The California Wine Club also offers an Aged Cabernet Series for folks who want to experience Cab's legendary ageability but don't have the patience or equipment to age it themselves. Perfectly cellared for 7-12 years, these wines are ready to drink now.
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 club represents the best of what Gold Medal Wine Club can do you for you as a wine connoisseur. This wine club is limited to 500 participants to ensure they can continue to buy the best small-production red wine. It ships quarterly.
Wine Selection: With red wine hailing from around California, the 93+ rated wines in Gold Medal Wine Club's Diamond Series are perfect for any serious red wine enthusiast (you know who you are). Whether it's a stunning GSM blend from Dragonette Cellars in Santa Barbara County, something from Heidi Barrett's latest project (Vin Perdu), or a Cabernet Sauvignon from Parallel or Sojourn in Napa, the selection in each shipment will not dissapoint. Drink them now or save them for later (in a proper cellar, please!).
Wine Price: Shipment prices vary from $165-195 plus $13 for shipping. It's important to note that the variance in pricing is due to the actual cost of some of these amazing wines, and that each bottle's price won't represent half of the cost, but will add up to more than what you pay. Save 5% by upgrading to 4-bottle shipments (two of each wine).
Gift Options: Gold Medal Wine Club has the prettiest gift packaging of any wine club we work with. You can add the artist-designed gift box to your order for $5.99 and a mailed greeting card for $2.50 which will arrive ahead of the wine and announce that it's on its way. The price is fixed at $179 a month plus shipping when you order as a gift because you're prepaying for all of the shipments.
Looking for hard-to-access wines instead? The Garagiste Series is Gold Medal's newest wine club and features TINY production wines from California's up-and-coming wineries and winemakers. These wines are rarely available anywhere other than the winery itself.
Plonk has developed quite a reputation as a purveyor of intersting, high-quality wines at typically affordable prices. Last year they introduced "variety" clubs which showcase a particular grape variety and its "doppelganger" — a different grape and region that has similar characteristics as a classic example of that variety. If that's confusing, keep reading and we'll explain further.
For what it's worth, we've chosen to put their Pinot Noir wine club on this list because among Pinot Noir clubs it's unique, and for a Pinot Noir drinker, it's easy to get into a rut. This club will help you get out of that rut and try new wines you're sure to love. They also have a Cabernet Sauvignon variety club and a Sauvignon Blanc variety club. We're big fans of their "regular" red wine club, too, but that's highlighted on our Best Red Wine Clubs Under $30 a Bottle list.
How this works: Each month you'll get one classic Pinot Noir, whether it comes from one of California's premier Pinot regions like Russian River Valley, Carneros, Santa Barbara County or Santa Lucia Highlands. Your second bottle in each shipment will NOT be a Pinot Noir. It might be a Gamay (a similar grape from Burgundy) or in a recent shipment, an Italian grape called Rossese which shows rose petal aromas, richly textured raspberry, and bing cherry fruit... or something else you've never heard of but was handpicked to be loved by Pinotphiles.
Examples from past shipments: an Austrian Rotburger (also known as Zwiegelt), April had an Austrian Blaufrankisch blend, and a Spanish Grenache/Syrah blend. (Editor's note: Grenache is our favorite Pinot-substitute when we need a lighter red.)
Gifting info: Plonk doesn't place a heavy emphasis on gifting. They offer gift shipments, pre-paid like most other wine clubs, but there isn't any gift wrap or pomp and circumstance around their shipments. You can create an email gift announcement or print a customized gift announcement to give on the big day. If you're a corporate gifter, they WILL customize shipments for you. Don't forget to tell them you learned about this from WineClubReviews.net, please.
GrapeSeed Wine is a different kind of wine club. They're not a winery, and they're not a retail wine of the month club. They represent a collective of industry-leading winemakers who are producing their own creative projects (as opposed to the corporate wines they produce for their day jobs). These wines are of exceptional quality, have tiny alotments, and are nearly impossible to purchase, except through GrapeSeed.
Wine Selection: The specific inventory carried by GrapeSeed is always changing, but the wine club shipments often come from their winemaker mainstays: Sonoma County favorites from Jessica Boone, North Coast "All Stars" by Douglas Stewart, Carneros gems by Jean Hoefliger, James MacPhail's Wine Dark Sea Pinot Noir, Eonian Napa Red Blend by Wayne Donaldson, and the Sassoferrato line by Matt Smith. If you're wondering why we've listed the winemakers, even if you've never heard of them, it's because they are the reason GrapeSeed and this wine club exist — to make beautiful, artisanal wine and get it out to a small number of loyal followers.
Wine Prices: There's a broad range of prices on the wines available via GrapeSeed, but they're all very fair. When you join the wine club, they get as much value into every quarterly shipment as they can. For the Red Wine Club, this means 4-6 bottles per shipment with a set price of $240. The red wines range from $25 to $120 per bottle, and typical savings is between 25% and 45% off retail. Get free shipping on your first order with promo code WCR_REWARD.
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