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Last updated: September 12, 2018
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 and 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 the best red wine available through online wine clubs. For this list, we don?t use price as a limiting factor. We think the best red wines show up in different price ranges and we wanted to highlight wine clubs that consistently ship out terrific red wine.
We think the best reason to join a red wine club, as opposed to buying from a reputable store, is the Satisfaction Guarantee. If you want to discover new red wine, different red wine grapes, or different red wine regions, you can do that without the risk of bad bottles when you join a wine club. The best wine clubs will replace anything you don't like, including the expensive stuff.
Another great reason to try a red wine club membership is that you?ll get access to wines you won't find in a store. Interesting wines typically come from smaller producers and wine clubs carefully cultivate relationships with great wineries to get you access to great red wine at any price. If access to craft red wine from boutique winemakers is what you want, we strongly recommend checking out the Gold Medal Garagiste Series for California reds and The International Series for reds from family-owned wineries around the world.
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.
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. Also, some bottles will cost more than others within each shipment. 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.
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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 the discounts get bigger with additional months. 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.
Plonk Wine Club has been one of our favorite wine clubs for years. Their proprietor and wine buyer, Etty, goes out of her way to procure excellent, interesting, and, where possible, biodynamic red wines to delight her customers. As a serious foodie, she also has chef-paired recipes for each selection. Among other great red wine clubs, Plonk makes it to this best red wine clubs list not just because of its price and awesome wine, but because if you sign up for an all red wine subscription, you actually get four different red wines! (Several of their competitors simply send two of the same red wine.)
Wine Selection: Here at WineClubReviews.net we have what we like to call "curious palates." We always want to try unique red wines and we sometimes get bored with the selection of wines available through grocery stores. Plonk is the perfect wine club for people like us. A recent selection included a Zweigalt (red) from Austria, a red blend from Portugal, a Rhone-style red blend from California's North Coast, and a red blend from the Asturias region in Spain. Plonk's Red Wine Club is available in 4- and 12-bottle shipments. If you select the 12-bottle shipments you'll get three each of four different red wines.
Wine Quality: Plonk only works with high-quality red wines. It's a point of pride for Etty to select the best red wines around the world that retail for less than $30, and then bring those beautiful wines to a market who would otherwise never see them. Each wine is distinctive, balanced, and shows "typicity" (which means it tastes like the grapes it says are on the bottle). Each wine also has character, creating enjoyment and adventure in every sip.
Wine Price: Plonk, despite its name, does not offer cheap wine, so you can't get it at cheap prices, but it's really quite affordable for the amazing selection of wine you receive. Their 4-bottle red wine club (recommended) is $94.99 per shipment ($23.75 per bottle), with free shipping. You can get that down to almost $20 per bottle if you join the 12-bottle club. Bonus! Save $10 on your first order with promo code NEWMEMBER and get a free double-jointed corkscrew in your first shipment — our favorite corkscrew, and we've got dozens.
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.
VineBox is the first of its kind, a wine by the glass club. We love the wines that get delivered from VineBox and think it's the perfect way to enjoy red wine if any of the following apply to you: You typically only drink a glass a time, you are counting calories but still want a little indulgence without wasting a whole bottle, your weeknight policy is to cut back on alcohol, you wish you had more time to go wine tasting, or you want to expand your wine preferences and knowledge. It also makes a terrific gift.
Red Wine Selection: Not content to merely develop a new technology to transfer any old wine into convenient and sleek single-serving pours, their sommelier excels at choosing interesting red wines, primarily from lesser known wine regions in Europe's biggest wine producing-countries — France, Italy, and Spain. Their "Current Edition" is right up any somm-wannabe's alley: choose between a Bordeaux Vertical (2010, 2011, and 2012) or a Nebbiolo neighbor comparison (Barolo and Alba).
Love a red wine you tasted? You can purchase more glasses and (sometimes) full-size bottles from VineBox through your membership page.
Red Wine Prices: VineBox's wine subscription doesn't make it easy to do a cost comparison as it would be if it were a regular wine subscription. Their new format means you're getting a little over a bottle of wine in each shipment (900 ml vs 750 ml which is a standard wine bottle). The wines themselves sell between $30-60 a bottle. You're definitely paying a premium, but what you get for that premium makes up for it: wine tasting at home, sommelier-selected wines, excellent packaging, and in the case of the new format, wine education good enough for sommeliers.
Gift info: For certain kinds of wine drinkers, VineBox is one of the coolest red wine gifts you can give. Anyone with a curious palate who likes to try new wines will love this gift. It's also available as a white wine only and mixed wine gift subscription.
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. These winemarkers 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 are between 25% and 45% off retail. Get free shipping on your first order with promo code WCR_REWARD.
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