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Last updated: September 12, 2018
Where do you buy good red wine? If you're looking for a new way to buy red wine, try a red wine club. 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. Their proprietor and wine buyer, 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. Among other great red wine clubs, Plonk makes it to the top of this under $30 per bottle list not just because of it's price and awesome wine, but because if you sign up for an all Red club, you actually get four different red wines! (Several of their competitors simply send two of the current mixed wine shipment's red wine.)
Wine Selection: Here at WineClubReviews.net we have what we like to call "curious palates." We always want to try new things and we sometimes get bored with the selection of wines available through grocery stores. Plonk is the perfect wine club for people like us. This month's selection includes 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 Club is available in 2, 4, and 12-bottle shipments. If you select the 12-bottle shipments you'll get three each of four different wines.
Wine Quality: Plonk only works with high-quality wines, it's a point of pride for Etty to select the best 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, month after month, year after year. 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 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. 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.
This is one of, in our opinions, the most under-appreciated wine clubs on our website. It's one of only five wine clubs that have a full 5 stars and it appears on several of our Best Wine Clubs lists.
Wired For Wine ® is a wine retailer offering an eclectic international selection of wines that are rated at least 90 points by a wine critic and below the retail price. They're quarterly wine club collects twelve of these bottles and delivers them to your door. There are a few things that, in our minds, are very special about this wine club:
Awesome Red Wine Value from Quality comes from only working with exceptional wines s. The wines are curated based on wine critics' ratings and how much the owners of the company want to drink the wine (a foodie-friendly selection).
Awesome Red Wine Value from Pricing starts with selling their curated selection well below the wine's retail price, includes shipping on 12 bottles, and competes with big name wine clubs at the exact same price but with significantly better wine.
Awesome Red Wine Value from a Satisfaction Guarantee means if you don't like a wine, they'll get you something else at no extra cost. They want you to love the wines you get and they stand behind their wine selection prowess.
Typically the best deals in red wine are when it is purchased by the case (12 bottles to a box). Since many people don't drink more than a bottle a week, case clubs are typically sold on a quarterly basis. Some of us, ahem, not mentioning any names, definitely drink more than a bottle a week and this Case Club Series from The California Wine Club is happy to oblige you with monthly or bi-monthly shipments if you're like us.
Wine Selection: The Case Club is like a closeout club. The wines that were originally selected for other wine clubs but were purchased in higher volume than those clubs' memberships required get sold via the Case Club at a steep discount. The California Wine Club mostly works with boutique California wineries so the selection in the Case Club is largely red wines produced in small quantities by small California wineries. In addition to 8-11 wines from their Premier Series, you will also receive 1-4 bottles of red wine from the Pacific Northwest or other places in the world.
Wine Quality: Unlike other 12-bottle wine clubs, this Case Club will never send you what the industry not-so-affectionately terms "bulk wine." We go into detail elsewhere on this, but bulk wine is produced on a very large scale and substitutes finesse, character, and care for price. At WineClubReviews.net we're not super judgy about this as many people can't tell the difference or don't care about how the wine was produced as long as they can afford it and they like it. If you DO care about this, then THIS is the red wine club you're looking for. Membership perk: At The California Wine Club you get a 100% Love It Guarantee and a personal wine concierge!
Wine Price: If you've been researching red wine clubs on your own, you've probably seen a lot of these case clubs around (sometimes on Groupon or other discount/closeout sites), and you may have noticed they're typically $170 per shipment once shipping is factored in. That roughs out to $14.17 per bottle delivered. This Case Club also costs $170 per shipment, including shipping. There are no introductory offers for the Case Club Series from The California Wine Club. Priced 48% below what this wine club normally charges for these same wines, we think you can understand why. Plus, you get better value in every box than you'll find in the shipments from the other clubs.
The new Bold Reds Series from The International Wine of the Month Club just squeaks it's way onto this list of wine clubs with bottles under $30, but it deserves to be here based on the interesting wines they ship, the focus on bigger reds that hold up to BBQ, pizza, and spicy pastas really well, and of course, it's a great wine club that's been around for years because they know what they're doing.
Wine Selection: With so many California wine clubs on the market, this wine club which is International in scope is a welcome addition, though you will occasionally get a California or other US wine in your shipments. We love that wines show up from every corner of the earth. This month's Bold Reds shipment includes a 2013 Petite Sirah from Maipo Valley, Chile and a 2012 Priorat from Spain. This is typical of their Bold Reds selections which also have included: a 2014 Russian River Syrah (California), a 2014 McLaren Vale Shiraz (Australia), a 2011 Bordeaux Blend from Mendoza (Argentina), a 2015 Ribera del Duero Tempranillo (Spain), and a 2010 South African Shiraz.
Wine Quality: As with all big reds, it's important to chill them and let them breathe before you drink them and we recommend decanting 30 minutes before serving. As the wines come up to room temperature you'll discover all of the markers of high quality in these selections.
Wine Price: The International Wine of the Month Club isn't known for generous pricing on their wine, but they're not unfair either. We think $30 a bottle is about right, given that shipping isn't free. But you can always save a little extra by pre-paying for your wine club membership: save $10 on any 4-shipment order with coupon SAVE10.
Gifting Info: The International Wine of the Month Club is a premier gift service for monthly clubs. In the business since 1994, they've done a great job assembling all the pieces for great gifting: gift wrapped bottles, customizable gift cards to be given on the big day, and a crack customer service team to handle any issues your recipients encounter.
Around the world, the Napa Valley has challenged every great wine region for the title of "the best of the best." While preferences are subjective, the outstanding reputation and quality of the wine coming out of Napa is not. When it comes to Napa Wine Clubs, why join one winery club when you can join a subscription service which delivers different Napa wines to your door on a bi-monthly basis?
Wine Selection & Quality: This wine subscription features Napa red blends and even Napa Cabernet Sauvignon when they can secure a really great price. For anyone who wants to get to know Napa better, but maybe can't afford the pricey Napa Cabs, there is the Napa Wine Club from the Original Wine of the Month Club®.
Wine Price: Paul (the owner of the Wine of the Month Club®) is really good at getting great prices on the wine he buys for his store and his wine clubs. He also really likes charging a fair price for his wine, instead of marking it up or even charging retail. So at $22.48 a bottle (plus shipping), we think you're getting really good red wine typically priced in the $25-30 range at a local wine shop.
Insider tip: Give yourself a gift membership where shipping is included, use our exclusive 10% discount code (BESTWINE), and get that price back under $30 a bottle!
Gift Info: With fun gift packaging, a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and reasonable pricing, this wine club is a great way for you to give a Napa wine subscription and feel comfortable doing so. They'll even get a little bonus gift in their first shipment! Shipping every other month, a 3-shipment gift is $220 plus shipping (varies by location). 4- and 6-shipment gifts available, too. Our readers save 10% on all gift club memberships. Use coupon code BESTWINE.
Want to try new wines every week? We taste wine from nearly every wine club we review and rate the clubs objectively. Then we look at which subscriptions wine lovers like you actually join each month and rank them for you on this list.
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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.