Last updated: October 18, 2016
If you’re looking for the best value in a wine club, you’ve found the right place. There are a lot of cheap wine clubs out there, but not all of these clubs actually deliver great value. Some wine clubs excel at driving the purchase price of each bottle down and passing the savings on to you, other clubs taste extensively and always find the best wines available at bargain prices, and still others look for good-quality wines from inexpensive wine regions.
No matter what their wine-buying strategy is, some clubs consistently deliver great value in their wine shipments. Better still, some take the value further, by subsidizing the shipping cost of the wine, offering freebies, and providing members-only discounts on reorders.
Overview: Winc (formerly known as Club W) set out to change the wine industry and for their customers, they've achieved it. By delivering unprecedented value at $13 a bottle and personalized selections geared for every palate, Winc is a standout wine of the month club. If you're ready for more sophisticated wines, you can upgrade to Winc Select. Either way, you can save even more money by participating in their myriad rewards programs.
What We Love: We love how they go above and beyond to reward loyal customers with substantial savings and invitations to a premium level program. No other wine club offers this level of loyalty rewards, or this much fun!
Could Be Better: Winc works so hard to make their service great that it's hard for us to think of something they should do to make it even better.
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Overview: From the original Wine of the Month Club (really, they're the first!) you get wine delivered every month at really low prices. The proprietor drives a hard bargain and passes those deals onto his customers. This Cellar Series is their entry-level Classic Series wine club times three (you get six bottles per shipment instead of two) and it's perfect for people who aren't sure if they're "wine club people" and as a gift to a young wine-lover just starting to explore.
What We Love: We love that Paul streams his wine-tasting sessions live over the Internet so we can see what he's tasting and how much he's rejected.
Could Be Better: We'd love to see this offered on a monthly basis, too!
Overview: This is a 12-bottle case wine club which gets to know your palate first through a sampler tasting kit and then through your wine ratings. The first couple of shipments tend to be mediocre fits, but if you keep rating your wines, they figure out exactly what you like. One of their best features is total control of your account online without having to contact customer service — change your shipment size, have your next shipment sent exactly when you want it, or even cancel online.
What We Love: Everything? No seriously, we love that they found a way to distinguish themselves from the other "personalized wine clubs" out there. We love the pricing, we love the delivery model, and we're pretty sure we're going to love the wines... since they're picked just for us.
Could Be Better: Make a gift option! We used to love to give the sampler + two bottle Tasting Room gift and would happily give this program instead.
Overview: inClub is a totally customizable wine club where you choose everything or let them choose for you. Their everyday drinkers deliver amazing quality-price-ratio due to clever buying strategies, but the magic is in focusing the wine club on your favorite regions, styles, and varietals. This is the perfect wine club gift for a very picky or knowledgable wine drinker.
What We Love: No other wine club has ever, and probably will ever, deliver this level of customization. You want it? You got it. It's perfect for any oenophile.
Could Be Better: We'd love to see a ton more pre-made "personality profiles" to make sign-up at any price a breeze. Also, the ability to buy a case at a time would be fabulous.
Overview: California is home to some of the world's best wine regions and wineries, many of which are boutique wineries (wine jargon for small wineries with little-to-no distribution). This wine of the month club is a great way to get introduced to what California wine has to offer at reasonable prices. This wine club makes an excellent gift.
What We Love: Consistency. We've been receiving their shipments for months and we've never had a wine we didn't like. You can't really ask for more than that from a wine club.
Could Be Better: We don't have any suggestions for what to improve within the Gold Series wine club. Yay!
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.
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