Most wine of the month clubs out there fit a certain pattern... they’re an easy and affordable way to get wines delivered, sometimes in regions where there aren’t good places buy wine in person, and discover new things you might not try on your own. These wine clubs typically ship two bottles on a monthly basis and are most often given as gifts.
Lately we’re seeing wine clubs which improve your value by sending larger shipments—3 bottles, 4 bottles, 6 bottles, and most commonly 12 bottles per shipment. These are designed for people who drink wine more frequently than “occasionally” and are a great way to keep your wine fridge full.
And of course for years, we’ve seen wine clubs that cater to specific palates and preferences, like California Wine Clubs, Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Clubs, and Sparkling Wine Clubs.
But some companies aren’t content with what everyone else is doing, and they’re aiming to create unique wine experiences for wine enthusiasts and those with bigger wine or gift budgets. As wine enthusiasts ourselves, we LOVE these wine clubs... but they’re not for everyone and they’re typically not for the budget-conscious.
Here are our picks for wine clubs that break the mold...
Dean & DeLuca Wine Clubs
Dean & DeLuca is a purveyor of Gourmet Foods, Gifts, Wine & Spirits. Their typical clientele is affluent and is probably not reading this website. In the spirit of “the best there is” they’ve created a series of wine clubs unlike most others.
Highlights of the Dean & DeLuca wine clubs include:
They only offer artisanal California wines. Dean & DeLuca headquartered their wine business in St. Helena (Napa) for a reason... it’s the epicenter of luxury California wine. Their selection isn’t limited to Napa, but they find the very best wines from boutique wineries in California wine regions like Santa Barbara County, Paso Robles and the Central Coast, Sonoma County, and of course, Napa County.
You can get very special cellar-worthy wines via their Cellar Rarities Wine Club. You probably can’t find these wines anywhere other than the wineries themselves, and most likely you’d have to be a wine club member with good timing to get access to some of these library wine selections. This very exclusive wine club is limited to just 50 members.
If you REALLY love high-end wine or want to make a serious statement to your wine-drinking friends and colleagues, Dean & DeLuca offers a Cult Wine Club. Each shipment contains at least 3 cult wines from wineries like Abreu, Bond, and Grace Family Vineyards. This ultra-exclusive wine club is limited to just 25 members.
Decanted Wines Wine Clubs
Decanted Wines is a family owned and operated liquor store in Naples, Florida. Yes, Florida. Founded in 2009, it’s mission is to become a premier fine and boutique wine retailer, focused on customer service, experience, and education.
Highlights of the Decanted Wine Clubs include:
They aim to deliver great wines with great value. Their wines are always sold below retail price to wine club customers and they ship 6 bottles at a time, on a quarterly basis. This gives you the opportunity to save on shipping costs and reduce your carbon footprint while still getting great wine conveniently delivered to your home.
They cater to most palates with their Favorite Grape Wine Clubs (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Unique Whites, Cabernet_Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Big Reds). And on top of that, they let you mix and match the varietals. So if you love Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, you can custom build your dream wine club.
They have a Connoisseur’s Wine Club unlike any we’ve ever seen. Two weeks before the shipments are sent, you’ll receive an email with ten choices. You pick any six wines off the list and that’s your shipment for the month. Since this is their high-end club, the wines retail from $50-$150 each.