The Best Wine Subscriptions: The Definitive Guide to Monthly Wine Delivery

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Wine Professional Deciding Between Two Wines

TL;DR Join one of these two. Let me save you some time. One of these two wine subscriptions — Nakedwines.com or Picked by Wine.com — is probably right for you. Compare them side by side, read the reasons why, or skip ahead.

Nakedwines.com

If you want a variety of wine at a variety of prices and quantities depending on your mood, join Nakedwines.com. It’s hands down my favorite of the wine subscriptions I’ve reviewed — they just get everything right. You can get the full rundown in my review.

Nakedwines.com Wine Subscription

The biggest (accurate) complaint about Nakedwines.com is that the wines aren’t extraordinary. But unless you get all of your wine from small, artisanal wineries and fancy fine wine shops, you’ll enjoy the wine.

Dozens of varieties, wine regions, winemakers, wine styles…it's a huge selection with useful shopping tools and a 100% money back guarantee. Please, just try it, you’ll be surprised at how good it is — and you’ll be helping all kinds of independent winemakers do their thing.

Picked by Wine.com

If you want a personalized wine subscription where you don’t choose each wine (a living, breathing sommelier does), join Picked by Wine.com.

You’ll find this subscription recommended repeatedly throughout this guide because, in addition to being a great discovery-oriented subscription, it’s also totally customizable — making it the right wine subscription for anyone who has specific (or even vague) wine preferences.

Picked by Wine.com

With the introductory quiz at Picked by Wine.com you set a number of preferences. These include: your average bottle price (between $20 and $40); basics like wine color; and specifics based on the grapes and styles you like. There’s also a field for you to enter anything else you’d like the sommelier picking your wines to know about. I added information regarding wines I wanted to learn more about and additional preferences not covered by the quiz.

I was very happy with the results as the sommelier genuinely listened to what I wanted and delivered interesting wines in my wheelhouse.

Two quick caveats: at the time of publication you could not select wine priced more than $40 per bottle on average and you were limited to red and white wines (no sparkling, rosé, or dessert wine included). Wine.com told me they’re opening up the price range soon, but it will take a little longer for these additional wine categories to get added.

What is a wine subscription?

Before the invention of BirchBox and StitchFix, there were wine boxes. Those early wine-by-mail monthly clubs were probably invented by “The Original and Only” Wine of the Month Club. Since then, the industry has proliferated and now you can get pretty much any kind of wine shipped to your door on a regular schedule of your choosing.

What are the different types of wine subscriptions?

Despite the very long list of services below, there are only two major groups of wine subscriptions: personalized and curated. Personalized wine clubs either use technology or human beings to match wines to your stated preferences. Curated wine clubs rely on educated wine professionals to source wine that has a point of view – palate-friendly, food-friendly, luxurious, obscure, eco-friendly, etc.

No matter what kind of wine you’re into, there’s a subscription out there for you.

Why sign up for a wine subscription?

The answer to why join a wine subscription might seem obvious — convenient home delivery of wine on a regular basis — but there are actually several other great reasons to sign up for a wine club that are service-related. There are of course a few downsides worth discussing, too.

Benefits of wine subscriptions

Satisfaction guarantee. Returns, exchanges, and refunds are not standard policies in the world of wine retail. Typically some fine wine stores (and wineries) will accept returns for bad bottles (for cork taint or damage), but most big box stores and grocery stores will not compensate you for a bad wine experience.

What about when you just don’t like the wine you bought? You’re stuck. Even if it was a recommendation from the all-knowing wine clerk where you bought it.

But the best wine clubs offer satisfaction guarantees that cover you for wines you just didn’t like. This is because they either stand by the wine they produce or because they just want you to continue to be a happy customer (or both). In most cases you will be issued a credit toward your next purchase.

Trusted wine professionals (and even algorithms) know more than you do. Let’s face it, no matter how enthusiastic you are about wine, unless you work in the industry you probably don’t know as much as the pros do. Most wine clubs have sommeliers on staff who pick the wine for curated subscriptions. In other cases, a well-trained algorithm is trained to know way more about the wine in their inventory than what you can decipher from a wine bottle at the store.

Convenience. It’s faster and easier to set up a wine subscription than it is to go to the store when you’re running low on wine. Managing home deliveries of alcohol, which require an adult signature, has become much easier now that FedEx and UPS have an array of partner stores where you can get your deliveries sent if you won’t be home.

No more lugging heavy bottles through a parking lot or into a taxi, no more panic attacks when confronted with hundreds of similar looking bottles on a shelf, and no more guessing what the wine in the bottle tastes like before you open it (because subscriptions give you helpful info about what the wine tastes like).

Drawbacks of wine subscriptions

Are there drawbacks to wine subscriptions? I suppose for some people there might be, though these drawbacks are not reasons to skip a wine subscription. Here are a few to consider.

You like shopping for wine in person. You’re an intrepid sort and you like browsing the shelves to see what’s new and exciting. Odds are good you drink a decent amount of wine, so you might consider augmenting your in-person purchases with a wine subscription that has access to wines you don’t at your local wine stores.

You don’t want to fund mega-corporations. Often those who argue in support of shopping locally cite the need to support mom-and-pop businesses. Believe it or not there are a lot of wine clubs (reviewed on this website) which are run by just one person, or maybe two.

There are also a number of women-owned wine clubs and wine clubs that specifically support small family wineries. This last one is an important detail because small family wineries generally have trouble securing distribution agreements (because they produce wine in low volume) and it is extremely unlikely you’ll find these bottles at any local wine stores (unless you live near the winery).

Shipping regulations. Some states are very restrictive regarding who can ship alcohol to consumers at home or at work. If you live in one of these states, you might find your selection for wine clubs is more limited than it is for residents of more open places like California or New York. Learn more about wine delivery and the rules in your state.

Tell me where you want the wine delivered and I’ll show you if the subscriptions on this page can find their way to you.

Why trust me to tell you which wine subscriptions are worth it?

After 12+ years trying 1000s of bottles from 100+ different wine clubs, I know what it means to be a wine club worth joining. My reviews can help you find a great wine club for you (or to give as a gift) at any budget and for any wine preference. More about me and wine.

My Methodology

Any wine subscription service is about more than just the wine and my reviews cover all aspects of the service. The key things I look for in a wine club are:

I also examine what kind of wine education each subscription provides and whether or not a service is set up for good gifting. These aspects are not core to a wine club being worthwhile, but they are important for many would-be members.

All of these elements are ranked (most are objective, some are a little subjective) and then squeezed through my own algorithm to get to my “All Around” rating. If you want to know more, hit me up.

What are the best wine subscriptions?

The lists of best wine clubs on this site contain what I believe to be the best wine subscriptions across the board, or for specific wine drinkers as noted. But my taste and rationale may not match your own, so it’s best to think about what would be the best wine subscription for you.

What follows is a very long list highlighting different preferences you might have and which is the best wine club for that preference. I strongly recommend reading my full detailed reviews rather than just clicking out to a wine club, but hey, you do you.

The best wine subscription for every kind of wine drinker

No matter what kind of wine you love, even if it’s just the wet kind, there is a wine subscription for you. I’m about to present a variety of red wine clubs and white wine clubs at a range of prices to get you started.

In case red or white is not granular enough, jump ahead to the best wine subscription for everyone who wants something in particular.

Looking for a high-end wine subscription? I have a separate article outlining your subscription options for wine priced over $60 a bottle.

The best red wine subscriptions

If you’re in the market for a wine subscription, being a red wine lover is an enviable position to be in. There are dozens of great red wine subscriptions out there at a variety of prices. This is a short list of the best options by price range, but if you want more choices, check my full list of the best red wine clubs.

Best red wine subscription under $20 / bottle

Picked by Wine.com

Picked by Wine.comA shipment of wine I received from Picked by Wine.com

Wine.com is the country’s largest online retailer and they’ve created a wine subscription worthy of their reputation. Picked by Wine.com is a personalized wine subscription where, after a detailed quiz about your wine preferences, a staff sommelier chooses your wine specifically for you.

I was very impressed with the wine I received. It fit well with the information I provided about my preferences and what I hoped to get out of the shipment. You set your own prices and the cheapest setting is $20 per bottle (average).

Read my review or build your subscription.

Best red wine subscription $20-30 / bottle

Plonk Wine Club

Plonk Wine ClubA shipment of wine I received from Plonk Wine Club

Plonk is run by sommelier Etty Klein. She leverages her knowledge of affordable, interesting, unique, and eco-friendly wines to power her popular and enduring wine club.

In any given shipment you’ll discover impeccable wines made from obscure grape varieties, wine styles that go against the grain, and recipe food pairings from Food52 that Etty chose herself to match each wine.

Four bottle subscriptions start at $110 per month. Order larger shipments and get a discount.

Read my review or see for yourself.

Best red wine subscription $30-60 / bottle

The Collectors Series

High-End Int'l ClubA shipment of wine I received from The Collectors Series

Previously known as Monthly Clubs, because they also have a beer club, a cheese club, and a chocolate club, among others, the International Wine of the Month Club features an assortment of high-quality, medium-production red wines from around the world.

This Collectors Series with the red-only option is a great way to explore two interesting red wines each month. A survey of premium international red wine varieties and regions, chosen by a group of professionals and their consumer tasting panel, these wines are sure to please any red wine lover.

The subscription costs $72.95 per month plus $13 shipping.

Read my review or see for yourself.

Best super luxe red wine subscription

Collectors & Legends by Roscioli

Please check with this club to see if they ship to your state.

Italian Wine Club

This mind-blowing French & Italian wine club flies under the radar of just about everybody. Most of their American customers discover Roscioli when they’re in Rome, where Roscioli is a major name among artisanal producers of fine cuisine.

Their regular Italian wine clubs (included further down the page) are amazing on their own, but their Collectors and Legends clubs showcase the finest wines made in France & Italy. These wines are usually already aged a bit, are a great way to start building a world-class wine cellar, and help you get to know what all the fuss is about in the luxury class of wine.

The subscriptions are 500-1000€ (approx. $550-1200) per 6 bottles per quarter, delivered twice a year in 12-bottle shipments direct from Rome. I haven’t reviewed these luxe club levels myself, though I have reviewed their Italian Wine Club Level 1.

Check out the luxury at Roscioli or explore more high-end wine clubs.

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The best white wine subscriptions

Oh, white wine, you poor maligned creature. In the U.S. we really have a negative attitude about white wine, because most of us think that overly-oaked, super buttery Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio that overwhelms the palate with alcohol is all there is to drink.

I’m here to tell you there is a world of amazing white wine out there, and it’s usually cheaper than its red wine counterparts! My personal go-tos include anything made from Rhone grapes like Viognier, Grenache Blanc, and Roussanne, and other delightful varieties like Gewurztraminer, Dry Riesling, Chenin Blanc, and … oaked Sauvignon Blanc!

Needless to say, my love of white wine puts me firmly in the American wine-drinking minority, and the selection of white wine subscriptions available reflects that. There are enough good-to-great options under $30 / bottle, but there isn’t really a great wine club for expensive white wine — at best you’ll find premium clubs which offer a mix of red and white wine.

Best white wine subscription under $20 / bottle

Nakedwines.com Wine Subscription

Nakedwines.comA shipment of wine I received from Nakedwines.com Wine Subscription

As you’ve already been made aware, I think Nakedwines.com is great for many reasons, and when I think of where to get good quality white wine under $20, I think of Naked Wines.

They have such an eclectic selection including Loire Valley Chenin Blanc, Finger Lakes Riesling, California Viognier, Oregon Pinot Gris, Spanish Verdejo, Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and northern Italian Pinot Grigio.

Nakedwines.com is a personalized wine subscription with a $40 monthly deposit and you buy your wine when you’re ready.

Read my review, compare Naked Wines to similar subscriptions, or see for yourself.

Best white wine subscription $20-30 / bottle

Light & Sweet Wine Club

Light & Sweet Wine ClubA shipment of wine I received from Light & Sweet Wine Club

Vinesse has a line-up of “secret” wine clubs that you only find out about if you’re already a member. Some of them are excellent, and this is one of their subscription options I highly recommend. If you love lighter (read: unoaked) and sweeter (think slightly sweet, not sugary) white wines, you’ll love this white wine subscription.

The price per bottle is variable (between $16-19.75) but their shipping & handling fees are high, which is why the subscription is marked as $20-30 / bottle. Insider tip: They offer significantly better shipping rates on their prepaid gift subscriptions, so I recommend choosing Yes when they ask if it’s a gift.

Read my review or see for yourself.

Best white wine subscription over $30 / bottle

Picked by Wine.com

Picked by Wine.comA shipment of wine I received from Picked by Wine.com

As mentioned earlier, there aren’t a lot of options for high-end white wine subscriptions, but Picked by Wine.com lets you set your own price range (on top of all of their other customizations), so you can build your own premium white wine subscription.

At the higher prices their inventory is rife with Napa Chardonnay, Burgundy, Sancerre, a bit of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and imports from Italy, Australia, Germany, and beyond.

I was very impressed with the wine I received and how well it fit what I asked for and the explanation of what I wanted to learn. You set your own prices and the max setting is $40 per bottle (average).

Read my review or see for yourself.

The best wine subscriptions for generalists

If you don’t have a favorite grape or a favorite region, you’re a generalist. Frankly, I think tasting all kinds of different wine is more fun than always drinking the same thing, but I classify myself as a wine adventurer.

Depending on how open-minded you are, or what other features other than “wine at my door” you’re interested in, there are a bevvy of wine subscriptions that will meet your needs.

The best almost cheap wine subscription

WINC Wine Club

Winc Personalized ClubA shipment of wine I received from WINC Wine Club

Brands hate it when you call them cheap, but the reality is most regular people use the word cheap more often than the words “inexpensive” and “affordable” when they’re looking for low-cost items. To that end, the best wine subscription under $15 is definitely Winc.

Winc is the best low-cost wine subscription because they let you buy as few as 4 bottles at a time and still get free shipping (keeping your out of pocket costs lower). They also offer their wine to members at discounted prices from the prices you’d pay at a store like Whole Foods (where they sell some of their wine) and even more savings if you pre-pay for credits or order a case at a time.

Read my review, compare Winc to similar subscriptions, or see for yourself.

The best affordable wine by the case subscription

90+ Wine Club

90+ Wine ClubA shipment of wine I received from 90+ Wine Club

When it comes to affordable curated wine subscriptions, many of them are “by the case.” That turns out to be more economical on the shipping side of things, and because you’re buying “in volume” you get a better price per bottle than you might otherwise.

Among curated “case of wine” subscriptions, I’d pick the 90+ Wine Club from Wired For Wine. These wines are produced by independent wineries all over the world and are also rated at least 90+ by a respectable wine critic. To top it off, no other affordable wine subscription offers you such excellent food pairing suggestions (hand picked by foodies for each wine you receive).

Read my review, compare 90+ Wine Club to similar subscriptions, or see for yourself.

The best personalized wine subscription if you love tech

Firstleaf Wine Subscription

FirstleafA shipment of wine I received from Firstleaf Wine Subscription

If applying AI to decode the mysteries of wine appeals to you, you should try Firstleaf. Among the personalized wine subscriptions matching your wine preferences with their inventory of wine, Firstleaf is the most algorithmic. Firstleaf gets down into the nitty-gritty of the wines you like and don’t like to find out what makes your palate tick. Their statistical approach is more individualized and detailed than the matching methods used by other personalized clubs.

Firstleaf is 6 bottles a month for $89.93 ($79.98 + $9.95 shipping). Keep in mind, it takes a few shipments (and some wine ratings) for the system to really get to know what you like. Even better, you can schedule an appointment with one of their wine professionals to give your settings a behind-the-scenes tune-up.

Read my review, compare Firstleaf to similar subscriptions, or see for yourself.

The best personalized wine subscription if you want less tech in your life

Picked by Wine.com

Picked by Wine.comA shipment of wine I received from Picked by Wine.com

For some, the idea of a computer picking their wine is creepy, misguided, or doomed to fail. For those people, there is still a personalized wine subscription to love — Picked by Wine.com. At Wine.com, a human sommelier looks at the answers to your wine preferences quiz, and your personal notes if you add them, to pick out wines just for you.

Get six wines every month, choose an average price for red and white wine separately (assuming you want both) from $20 per bottle to $40 per bottle, and enjoy free shipping. Note, at time of publication, this subscription is limited to red and white wine — no sparkling, no rosé, no dessert wine.

Read my review, compare Picked to similar subscriptions, or see for yourself.

The best pick-your-own wine subscription

Nakedwines.com Wine Subscription

Nakedwines.comA shipment of wine I received from Nakedwines.com Wine Subscription

Naked Wines isn’t a wine subscription in the way you think of one because they don’t automatically ship you wine every month — you make a deposit of $40 each month. They offer a matching algorithm once you start rating your wines, but one of the ways that Nakedwines.com excels is that they let you pick each and every wine you receive.

They also make it easy to figure out wines you might like with their taste profile filter, examples include “Big red,” “Smooth red,” “Fruity red,” “Crisp white,” “Rich white,” and “Fruity white.” Wines are priced $8.99 to $29.99 (usually) and there’s ample inventory in each price range. Free shipping on orders of six bottles or more.

Read my review, compare Naked Wines to similar subscriptions, or see for yourself.

The best wine tasting subscription

Le Grand Verre Wine Club

French Wine TastingA shipment of wine I received from Le Grand Verre Wine Club

While some people think any wine subscription box is a wine tasting box, I tend to think of wine tasting as something that happens in smaller portions — like a flight at a wine bar. When it comes to this sort of experience, there are a couple of companies offering the wine tasting experience at home, but my pick for the best overall experience is Le Grand Verre.

Each monthly deposit of $29.99 can be used toward a four-pack of wines, either a variety bundle or all of one kind. Each “bottle” which is made of recycled PET plastic is 187mL (a 6oz glass) and filled with wine from organic, woman-led wineries in France.

Read my review or see for yourself.

The best wine subscription for home cooks

90+ Wine Club

90+ Wine ClubA shipment of wine I received from 90+ Wine Club

If you like to cook at home, not just whip something together but try new complex recipes, you should give Wired For Wine’s 90+ Wine Club a try. These wines are all produced by independent wineries all over the world and are also rated at least 90+ by a respectable wine critic. To top it off, no other affordable wine subscription offers you such excellent food pairing suggestions (hand picked by foodies for each wine you receive).

Example: For the 91-point Bozeto de Exopto Rioja, pairing suggestions included Grilled chorizo tapas with spicy patatas brava; Chicken thighs braised with green olives, carrots, turnips, and bacon; and Pan-seared hanger steak with browned mushrooms and shallots (slice steak thin).

Read my review, compare 90+ Wine Club to similar subscriptions, or see for yourself.

The best wine subscription for foodies

Michelin Wine Subscription

Michelin Wine SubscriptionA shipment of wine I received from Michelin Wine Subscription

For the gourmand who wants to rely on the world’s foremost experts for wine pairing suggestions, the Michelin Subscription from Wine Access is the perfect subscription.

Wine Access — a unique and incredibly thoughtful wine store and subscription site — is the official wine partner for The MICHELIN Guide and now they’ve created a wine subscription featuring wines chosen by the wine directors at Michelin-starred restaurants. Four bottles range in price from $120-150 per quarterly shipment, including shipping.

Read my review or see for yourself.

The best wine subscription for adventurous drinkers

Plonk Wine Club

Plonk Wine ClubA shipment of wine I received from Plonk Wine Club

When it comes to wine generalists, there are people who want to try familiar varieties from around the world, and there are people who want to try things they’ve never heard of (or have heard of but never tried). For these intrepid drinkers (like me), Plonk is the wine subscription for you.

Handpicked by Etty Klein, a sommelier and the owner of Plonk Wine Club, you’ll experience “affordable” wines of unique character, all some flavor of sustainable but mostly organic or biodynamic, made from an astonishing array of unusual grapes and in unusual styles. An adventure to be sure.

Four bottle subscriptions start at $110 per month. Order larger shipments and get a discount.

Read my review or see for yourself.

The second best wine subscription for adventurous drinkers

Eater Wine Club

Eater Wine ClubA shipment of wine I received from Eater Wine Club

Why pick a runner up for adventurous drinkers? Because these types of wine clubs are where it’s at for the younger wine crowd looking for a more diverse and inclusive wine experience. Which is what Eater’s wine club is all about.

Each month a new BIPOC and/or woman sommelier chosen by a local Eater editorial staff chooses four interesting wines to share with subscribers. You also get to participate in a “virtual hang” with the somm of the month. Two or four bottles from $70 a month.

Read my review or see for yourself.

The best wine subscription for chilling out on the couch

WINC Wine Club

Winc Personalized ClubA shipment of wine I received from WINC Wine Club

Sometimes unwinding with a glass (or bottle) of wine is intended to be an informal, super casual affair. You don’t need the grapes to have a pedigree and you don’t need a funky flavor bomb distracting you from the zen of the show you’re binging.

If this is what you have in mind, Winc is your best bet. They offer easy-drinking wines that work well on their own or with casual food at easy-to-swallow prices. Monthly deposits are $59.95 and a minimum purchase of 4 bottles gets you free shipping. Unused credits rollover to the next month.

Read my review, compare Winc to similar subscriptions, or see for yourself.

The best wine subscriptions for specialists

The economics of a niche wine subscription are tricky. There is a small potential customer base and those customers are often hard to find through traditional marketing channels. This often makes these niche clubs, sadly, unsustainable.

The good news is that recently Wine.com launched their own wine subscription called Picked by Wine.com. It’s 100% customizable and a human being (a sommelier) chooses your wine to fit your personal preferences. You can be as specific or as general as you like.

For example, I don’t know of a Malbec subscription, a Napa Cab subscription, a Moscato subscription, a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir subscription, a Paso Robles subscription, a Finger Lakes subscription… you get my drift. You can make your Picked subscription exactly what you want it to be. At the time of publication you can only choose red or white wine: no sparkling wine, rosé, or dessert wines.

Read my full review, compare Picked to similar subscriptions for all of the details, or go fill out the quiz to see how specialized this unique subscription is.

That said, if you don’t need a personalized subscription but you still want something niche, try one of these specialty wine subscriptions.

The best wine subscription for light drinkers

Le Grand Verre Wine Club

French Wine TastingA shipment of wine I received from Le Grand Verre Wine Club

If you don’t drink a whole bottle when you open it, or even finish a bottle within a couple of days, full size wine bottles probably aren’t the most economical way for you to enjoy wine. Whether you drink light because you’re watching calories, it’s a weeknight indulgence, or you just are mindful of how much alcohol goes in your body, you should check out Le Grand Verre.

Each monthly deposit of $29.99 can be used toward a four-pack of wines, either a variety bundle or all of one kind. Each “bottle” which is made of recycled PET plastic is 187mL (a 6oz glass) and filled with wine from organic, woman-led wineries in France.

Read my review or see for yourself.

The best wine subscription for new wine nerds

Wine Folly Wine Club

Wine Folly

Madeline Puckette is the fun-loving sommelier who put easy-to-digest wine nerdism on the Internet via Wine Folly. Madeline’s idea of how to make learning about wine fun has been expanding into themed wine education products (websites, books, and tasting kits) and now includes a Wine Folly Wine Subscription. This wine subscription is an amazingly easy and entertaining way to learn about wine.

Each shipment is a theme for you to get a glimpse into the world of wine through a sommelier’s eyes. Recent shipments included Pinot Noir Four Ways and Bold Red Wines. Shipments are $120 each for 4 bottles, shipping and wine education included, delivered every other month.

There’s already a waiting list to join this club (womp womp) so I haven’t officially reviewed it yet, but please read my pre-review, or see for yourself.

The best wine subscription for experienced wine nerds

Please check with this club to see if they ship to your state.

Blind Six

Blind Six

Unlike Wine Folly whose approach is to introduce you to new wine concepts in each shipment, SommSelect has gone a different way — they assume you’re already a massive wine nerd and they’re going to feed your insatiable need to “refine your palate, expand your skills, or enjoy a fun way to drink great wine with friends.”

SommSelect offers four different wine clubs, but the nerdy one is The Blind 6. For $220/month, including shipping, “this club delivers six bottles that are wrapped in black tissue paper & numbered for an authentic ‘blind tasting’ experience — complete with notebooks, instructions, and detailed tasting notes written by Founder and Master Sommelier, Ian Cauble.” See for yourself.

The best aged wine subscription

Aged Cabernet Series Wine Club

Aged Cabernet SeriesA shipment of wine I received from Aged Cabernet Series Wine Club

Aging wine is a complicated subject. So much so that my Useful Guide to Aged Wine has six(!) parts. Among my many recommendations on how to get started with aging wine is a suggestion to join the Aged Cabernet Series from The California Wine Club. I have three reasons why:

The Aged Cabernet Series is $231 for two bottles, and shipping is $14 to most states. Read my review, or see for yourself.

The best California wine subscription

Signature Series Wine Club

High-End California ClubA shipment of wine I received from Signature Series Wine Club

The California Wine Club is a small, woman-owned business which works only with small family wineries. Most of these wineries are in California, but they also offer a Pacific Northwest and an International club. Having a membership at The California Wine Club is like being a wine club member at dozens of California wineries.

Their Signature Series highlights the best California has to offer from small-production, artisanal wineries. They offer a selection of predominantly red wine and you can choose to receive 2, 3, or 4 bottles per box — subscriptions start at $134 for two bottles and shipping is $14 to most states.

Read my review or see for yourself.

The best affordable California wine subscription

Premier Wine Club

California Premier ClubA shipment of wine I received from Premier Wine Club

While The California Wine Club’s Signature Series offers the best California has to offer, not everyone can afford (or wants) premium wine. Their Premier Series has a more affordable selection of artisanal wines from small California wineries. Their membership comes with all kinds of perks, including a personal wine consultant, $1 shipping on additional purchases, and a “Love It” Guarantee.

Subscriptions start at $41.95 for two bottles and shipping is $14 to most states. Four bottle subscriptions come with free shipping. Want to save even more on the same great selection of boutique California wine? Try their Case Club and save an additional 30% per bottle.

Read my review or see for yourself.

The best Napa Valley wine subscription

Wildcrafted Wines Club

Wildcrafted WinesA shipment of wine I received from Wildcrafted Wines Club

It surprises me, given the immense popularity of Napa Valley wine, that there aren’t an abundance of Napa wine subscriptions out there — in fact, there are hardly any. Wildcrafted Wines, a mom-and-pop wine club operating out of California’s famed Wine Country, has a specialty Napa Cabernet Sauvignon wine club featuring three of Napa’s most loved AVAs (AVA stands for American Viticultural Area): Oakville, Coombsville, and Howell Mountain.

Buy it as a one-time three-pack or an ongoing subscription at $279 per shipment. See it for yourself.

The best Pacific Northwest wine subscription

Pacific Northwest Series Wine Club

Pacific Northwest ClubA shipment of wine I received from Pacific Northwest Series Wine Club

Behind California, Oregon and Washington produce the most wine of any other states in the United States. The vast majority of Washington wine never leaves the state, and Oregon has become one of the world’s premier wine regions for Pinot Noir. Many wine lovers are unfamiliar with what the Pacific Northwest’s small wineries really have to offer.

Enter the Pacific Northwest Series from The California Wine Club. They apply their methodology of only working with small family wineries to Oregon and Washington, delivering a unique wine subscription which features wines sometimes not found anywhere outside the wineries themselves.

Two-bottle subscriptions are $77 per shipment, plus $14 shipping to most states. Read my review or see for yourself.

The best French wine subscription

SomMailier French Wine Club

French Wine ClubA shipment of wine I received from SomMailier French Wine Club

As noted previously, there are a limited number of wine subscriptions for those who love a specific grape or wine region. France is one of the biggest exceptions to this rule, as French wine is world famous and highly sought after. Among the French wine subscriptions I’ve reviewed, I recommend somMailier.

SomMailier is a small family-owned business based in San Diego. The proprietor, Laurent Yung, is part of the 5th generation of a wine family from Bordeaux, and his familial ties in France allow him to exclusively import wines to the US, ensuring a unique selection for his wine subscription.

Try a 3-bottle, 6-bottle, or 12-bottle wine subscription, starting at $99 + shipping, which varies based on where you live. Read my review or see for yourself.

The best Italian wine subscription

Italian Wine Club

Italian Wine ClubA shipment of wine I received from Italian Wine Club

Curated in Italy by one of Rome’s finest wine destinations, Roscioli features wine you will almost never find in the US except through them. If you’ve ever heard people come back from Europe and rave about the wine, this is your chance to understand why without traveling across the pond. If you have even a passing interest in learning about Italian wine, do not miss an opportunity to join this subscription.

Roscioli’s Italian wine subscription ships 12 bottles twice a year, billed quarterly to break up the cost. You can choose between Level 1 for 358€ ($400-450) per 12 bottles or Level 2 for 498€ ($550-600) per 12 bottles. With both clubs you’ll enjoy small production Italian wine and great stories and videos from the winemakers about the wine, the vineyards, and the regions.

Read my full review for all of the details or join Roscioli.

The best rosé wine subscription

Rose Wine Club

Rosé Wine ClubA shipment of wine I received from Rose Wine Club

If the pink drink is your favorite color for wine, your options are limited. The Original Wine of the Month Club offers a two-bottle subscription of rosé for $40 per month. Shipping is extra and is dependent on where you live. Read my reivew or see for yourself.

If this rosé subscription isn’t quite what you were looking for, you can get your rosé fix as part of Nakedwines.com and Winc, which both have a decent selection of rosé during the Spring and Summer months, sometimes into the Fall, too.

The best sparkling wine subscription

Sparkling Wine Club

Sparkling Wine ClubA shipment of wine I received from Sparkling Wine Club

Like most other niche clubs, there aren’t an abundance of sparkling wine subscriptions. Admittedly I haven’t reviewed many of the ones that do exist, but I’ve received many shipments from one, and I’m always happy to have their bubbly on hand.

The Vinesse Sparkling Wine subscription isn’t available on their website without following my links. Their Sparkling wine subscription includes one true Champagne, one mid-grade bubbly from elsewhere in France (like a Crémant de Limoux) or one from California, and an “everyday” sparkler like a Cava or a Prosecco.

You can choose a 3-bottle, 6-bottle, or 12-bottle shipment. The price per bottle is variable (between $25 and $32.50) but their shipping & handling fees are high. Insider tip: They offer significantly better shipping rates on their prepaid gift subscriptions, so I recommend choosing Yes when they ask if it’s a gift.

Read my review or see for yourself.

The best Pinot Noir subscription

Pinot Noir Series Wine Club

Pinot Noir Wine ClubA shipment of wine I received from Pinot Noir Series Wine Club

Pinot Noir is unlike most other red varieties and makes for an excellent niche wine subscription. Side note: Pinot lovers (like me) should definitely get familiar with Grenache, Counoise, and Gamay if they’re looking for some more options.

Unfortunately, most widely available Pinot Noir is rather ho-hum, and this is why a subscription which only focuses on handcrafted Pinot is such a great idea. In particular the Pinot Noir Club from Gold Medal Wine only ships out high-end artisanal California Pinot Noir. This is an exceptional selection of Pinot Noir with amazing wineries like Dragonette, Schug, Byron, and Coplan.

Get two or four bottles per shipment, from $79 plus shipping (varies a bit depending how many bottles and where you’re located, but should be $13-16 per shipment).

Read my review or see for yourself.

The best Cabernet Sauvignon subscription

Please check with this club to see if they ship to your state.

Among the very few Cabernet Sauvignon specialty subscriptions, one stands out. The Killer Cabernet Club from Bounty Hunter Wine should whet any cab-lover’s whistle. I haven’t formally reviewed Bounty Hunter, but they did send me a list of a year’s worth of shipments. Based on my own experience and extended Internet sleuthing, this is a wine club that’s worth every penny.

Bounty Hunter is located right in the heart of Downtown Napa and their motto is “If it’s not great, we don’t sell it.” Discover their Killer Cab subscription featuring three bottles of (mostly Napa) Cabernet Sauvignon for $199, ground shipping is included.

The best Chardonnay subscription

Picked by Wine.com

Picked by Wine.comA shipment of wine I received from Picked by Wine.com

Again, limited options for you Chardonnay lovers, and while I can give a nod to the Chardonnay Box subscription, I’m not a fan of limiting Chardonnay to creamy and buttery renditions. Chardonnay is a chameleon and readily takes on winemaking interventions to make it taste a certain way.

When left on its own to express itself, you get a beautiful, fruity (green apple and pear, usually) wine. Plus, the French love their Chardonnay (mostly Chablis but also Pouilly-Fuissé and Loire) with a more austere and mineral or saline flavor profile. You wouldn’t want to miss out on all the fun styles of Chardonnay.

So, my recommendation for Chardonnay lovers is to join Picked by Wine.com where you can get exactly the Chardonnay you want. Unless you’re super into Rombauer, tell your sommelier you don’t want heavily extracted, oaky Chardonnay and to keep the butteriness to a minimum. Even better, ask them to take you on a tour of Chardonnay around the world and find your favorite style!

The best Kosher wine subscription

Please check with this club to see if they ship to your state.

Kosher wine is often overlooked in the wine world because most people think of Manischewitz or something like it when they think of it at all. Most kosher wine is actually just like regular wine, except a Rabbi oversees production and it contains only kosher ingredients (specifically yeast and fining agents).

Much kosher wine is unsurprisingly produced in Israel where they have a robust premium wine industry, but it’s also produced in California, South Africa, and even Bordeaux.

Kosherwine.com offers four different wine clubs, suited to your budget, and range from $69 for 3 bottles to $249 for 4 bottles. I haven’t tried their wine myself, but my previous experiences with kosher wine lead me to believe this is the best option out there for kosher-keeping Jewish wine lovers.

The best wine subscriptions for gifts

Giving a wine subscription as a gift is different from choosing one for yourself. Three things you’ll want to consider: whether the company ships to your recipient’s state, how she will find out you’ve given her a wine subscription, and which wine subscription will be the best gift for your wine lover.

Additional considerations include your budget (of course) and whether you want to give a personalized wine subscription or a curated wine club. Read my full guide on how to choose a wine subscription gift, browse the list of Best Wine Club Gifts, or choose among these wine subscription gift ideas.

The best two-bottle wine subscription to give anyone

The Premier Series

International Premier ClubA shipment of wine I received from The Premier Series

If you’re not sure which kinds of wine someone likes, but you know they like wine enough to send it to them as a gift, you should consider the International Wine of the Month Club. I say this because it is good for you as the gift giver and guaranteed to please the gift recipient.

Unlike my other favorite wine subscription gift services, this one is designed to give you, the gift giver, the most options. You can choose the number of shipments, the delivery schedule (including the first shipment), customize a gift notice, and choose when you pay for the wine shipments (up front or as you go). Also, the first shipment arrives with bottles wrapped in organza wine bags, adding to the fun of receiving wine as a gift.

The wine is a mix from around the world, selected by a unique tasting panel of wine professionals and existing customers. There are three price levels of wine subscriptions featuring red and white wine, and for something more specific, a Bold Reds subscription, too. Subscription gifts start at $39.95 per month, plus $13 for shipping.

If you’re feeling extra generous, you can augment your wine club gift with other monthly subscriptions like cheese, chocolate, and beer. Mix-and-match with their DIY monthly subscription tool.

Read my reviews or see for yourself.

The best California wine subscription gift

Premier Wine Club

California Premier ClubA shipment of wine I received from Premier Wine Club

My personal favorite for gift giving is The California Wine Club. Here’s why: the best wine gift subscription presentation (pictured), their “Love It” guarantee which ensures they’ll replace something if your recipient doesn’t like it, and they only work with small family wineries, helping you feel even better about your generous gift.

Bonus: your wine lover is unlikely to find any of these wines at a wine store, most are only available directly from the winery.

The California Wine Club offers several subscriptions with the Premier Series being their most affordable (at $41.95 + $14 shipping to most states) with discounts applied as you order longer subscriptions. Their premium California wine club is called the Signature Series and is, in my opinion, worth every penny.

They also offer an Aged Cabernet Sauvignon Series for a unique wine subscription experience. Lastly, they have wine from outside California, too — they offer a Pacific Northwest Series featuring Oregon & Washington wines and International Selections featuring small family wineries outside the US.

The names in the paragraph above link to my reviews, or just go check out The California Wine Club yourself.

The best food & wine subscription gift

International Series Wine Club

International SeriesA shipment of wine I received from International Series Wine Club

If you’ve ever wondered why there are so few subscriptions of wine paired with food, here’s why. Several states, like New York for one example, don’t allow alcohol to be sold in the same location as food. This extends to wine deliveries where alcohol and food can’t be shipped in the same box.

Sometimes the ways of the legal world baffle me… but alas, this extra hurdle removes the incentive for most companies to offer combined subscriptions. The perishable nature of food and shipping food is also a bit of a hassle on its own.

Fortunately, even though there are relatively few choices, you can send a great regional food and wine subscription gift via Gold Medal Wine. They offer a fun International Club subscription of three bottles for $79 per shipment. Each shipment features one region, usually one winery. You can add on their Gourmet Adventure Package and bring the total to $118 per shipment.

The Gourmet Adventure Package offers a range of shelf-stable local delicacies. I’ve received chocolates and Piri Piri hot sauce from Argentina, gooseberry jelly from South Africa, and spices and sea conches from Portugal.

They’ve also shipped packages from Italy, Australia, and Chile. This gift is even better than a wine gift basket because it’s a subscription.

Read my review or see for yourself.

The best cheap wine subscription gift

Wine Awesomeness Wine Club

Wine AwesomenessA shipment of wine I received from Wine Awesomeness Wine Club

You want to give a wine club gift and you don’t want to spend a fortune. If you catch The California Wine Club between Black Friday and the first week of December, you can get some pretty great deals. Likewise, Gold Medal Wine Club offers some great deals in October as part of their Early Bird sale, but beyond that, it’s rare you’ll get an amazing deal on a wine subscription gift.

Unless you order from Wine Awesomeness. You can give a three-month gift of wine from around the world for $147, including shipping. I enjoy their wines and don’t see them in other clubs, which is nice.

Fortunately, even though there are relatively few choices, you can send a great regional food and wine subscription gift via Gold Medal Wine. They offer a fun International Club subscription of three bottles for $79 per shipment. Each shipment features one region, usually one winery. You can add on their Gourmet Adventure Package and bring the total to $118 per shipment.

They go a little extra distance on their gift memberships, giving you the choice of managing the subscription yourself (if you know exactly what you want to give) or letting the recipient manage their subscription (if you’re not sure what they’d like). They’re the only club I know of that does this and it’s a reason to consider them for gifting.

Read my review or see for yourself.

The best personalized wine subscription gift

WINC Wine Club

Winc Personalized ClubA shipment of wine I received from WINC Wine Club

Most of the personalized wine subscriptions don’t make great gifts because you’re giving an electronic gift certificate and the recipient has to set up their own subscription.

In contrast to this, Winc gift recipients can choose their own wine if they don’t like what’s been recommended for them. This additional layer of personalization flexibility means it’s more likely your recipient will love the gift. Also, because Winc offers wine at a variety of prices instead of one fixed price, you don’t have to know your wine lover’s comfort zone, they can shop accordingly.

Read my review, compare Winc to similar wine subscriptions, or see for yourself.

Get Your Wine Club Questions Answered

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Jessyca Frederick

Review by: Jessyca Frederick

After 12+ years trying 1000s of bottles from 100+ different wine clubs, Jessyca knows what it means to be a wine club worth joining. Her reviews can help you find a great wine club for you (or to give as a gift) at any budget and for any wine preference.