Laithwaites Wine Review

Laithwaites Wine Club Review

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All-Around Wine Club Rating: 3.7

This wine club is...

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Summary

Great value on many different types of wines from around the world and a consumer-favorite wine club.

What We Like

They have one of the best line-ups of introductory offers for wine clubs we've seen.

Improvements

No recommendations for improvement here. We think they're offering a solid wine club.

Limited Time Special Offer

Introductory offer: $69.99 for 12 bottles of wine! Also choose between free bonus gifts: 3 bottles of wine or a deluxe, lever-action corkscrew.

Wine Choices

Red-only and White-only options   Red-only and White-only options   Red-only and White-only options  

Billing Choices

Ongoing

Shipment Choices

Quarterly

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Laithwaites is a successful wine club provider in the UK that's been providing wines to a HUGE membership for many years. They source wines from around the world, and then share their great finds with their club members.

Something that really sets Laithwaites wine club apart from the some of the other clubs is their Introductory Offer program. They always discount your first shipment 50%, and they usually offer some additional value. It's fairly obvious that this is a way to entice you to sign up and try their wines, but nonetheless, this does add extra value to the money you spend with them.

Another thing that sets Laithwaites apart from other wine clubs is their unprecedented buying power. You won't find any boutique, small-production, or even medium-production wines in these shipments. You will find many wines not offered by anyone else because Laithwaites has bought up the entire production allotment. You will also find some wines that are available elsewhere, but not at these prices.

Recognizing that not everyone wants a free corkscrew—because you probably already have one—Laithwaites is now offering a choice of introductory offer. You can get:

Offer #1 - The Free Gift
Save $110 on 12 World-Class Wines worth $179.99 -- today JUST $69.99

Offer #2 - The Free Wine
Save $160 on 15 World-Class Wines worth $229.99 -- today JUST $69.99

After the introductory shipment, you’ll receive a case (12 bottles) of wine every quarter for $139.99 and $19.99 shipping until you cancel.

We’ve broken down the pricing below so it’s easier to understand:

Introductory Offer Subsequent QUARTERLY Shipments
# Bottles of Wine per shipment Offer #1 - Free Gift: 12 + Deluxe Corkscrew
Offer #2 - Free Wine: 15 bottles
12
Price Offer #1 - Free Gift: $69.99 ($5.83 per bottle)
Offer #2 - Free Wine: $69.99 ($4.67 per bottle)
$139.99 ($11.67 per bottle)
Shipping Price $19.99 $19.99
Total Price per Shipment Offer #1 - Free Gift: $89.98 ($7.50 per bottle)
Offer #2 - Free Wine: $89.98 ($6.00 per bottle)
$159.98 ($13.33 per bottle)

When it comes to wine clubs, we like quarterly case-clubs because you save on shipping costs per bottle and it's better for the environment to send out fewer shipments each year.

Something we noticed: the Mixed case appears to be 8 reds and 4 whites—we normally call this "Mostly Red." You can also choose Red-only and White-only if you want.

It might be because of the UK influence, but we've noticed that Laithwaite's wine selections lean toward old-world, a.k.a. European, wines. It seems like the cases are usually 3/4 European and 1/4 the rest of the world.

The Wine Selection on 2/24/14


Mixed Case of Red and White Wine

Current Mixed Case Selections

Wine & Description (copied from Laithwaites) Offer #1 - Free Gift Offer #2 - Free Wine
Schroeder Estate Patagonia Malbec 2012

Highly Rated, Boutique Patagonian Malbec - Schroeder Estate Patagonia Malbec 2012
Patagonia lies in Argentina's extreme southern frontier, producing tight clusters of tiny, thick-skinned grapes. Schroeder Estate wins critical acclaim for its full-flavored reds — and this new, signature Malbec release is no exception.

not in shipment 2 bottles
Morin Pere et Fils Chardonnay 2012

Ripe Southern French White 'Burgundy' - Morin Pere et Fils Chardonnay 2012
The house of Morin Père & Fils (makers of fine Burgundy since 1822) has headed south, to France’s sunny Langeudoc. As this NEW fruit-rich selection shows, Burgundy’s great white also thrives here.

not in shipment 1 bottle
Morin Père et Fils Pinot Noir 2011

Juicy Southern French ‘Burgundy’ - Morin Père et Fils Pinot Noir 2011
A leading Burgundy house has headed south. Try this juicy, cherry-kissed Pinot Noir, and we think you’ll be glad they did. A perfect partner for pork, duck or oily fish like salmon.

1 bottle 1 bottle
Alma Andina Torrontes 2012

Super-Fresh Argentine Torrontés - Alma Andina Torrontes 2012
A thrilling taste of Argentina's great white, Torrontés, from Salta (the world's highest wine region) and star winemaker Steve McEwen. At 3,000ft up, grapes ripen perfectly, giving pure and intense citrus flavors. A refreshingly different apéritif.

1 bottle 1 bottle
CS Charles Smith Black Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

‘Brilliant’ Washington Cab - CS Charles Smith Black Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Charles Smith is "a brilliant winemaker who knows where the best fruit is hidden." (Robert Parker) This exclusive release has everything Cabernet fans look for: mouthfilling cassis plus lovely toasty oak. Enjoy with good friends and rich red meats.

1 bottle 1 bottle
Abbesse Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Acclaimed French Sauvignon - Abbesse Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Noël Bougrier's crisp Abbesse Sauvignon Blanc is back. This incredibly popular white tends to sell out fast – and with the tantalizing 2012 sporting acclaim from a top French show, we recommend you get in and order now.

1 bottle 1 bottle
Las Barracas Gran Reserva Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Historic Gran Reserva Find - Las Barracas Gran Reserva Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Perfectly cellared, mature Gran Reserva reds are Spain's gift to wine lovers. This smooth, vanilla-oaky find was made for you at Bodegas 1898, one of the country’s oldest cellars. An amazing value you just have to try.

2 bottles 2 bottles
Principe Strozzi Chianti DOCG 2012

NEW Vintage: Top-Estate Chianti - Principe Strozzi Chianti DOCG 2012
Succulent, cherry-laced find from the legendary Strozzi family, who’ve made history (and royally delicious wine) in Tuscany for centuries. Crafted by the legendary Franco Bernabei, this Chianti is what they serve at family feasts.

2 bottles 2 bottles
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Case of Red Wine Only

Current Red Only Wine Club Selections

Wine & Description (copied from Laithwaites) Offer #1 - Free Gift Offer #2 - Free Wine
Schroeder Estate Patagonia Malbec 2012

Highly Rated, Boutique Patagonian Malbec - Schroeder Estate Patagonia Malbec 2012
Patagonia lies in Argentina's extreme southern frontier, producing tight clusters of tiny, thick-skinned grapes. Schroeder Estate wins critical acclaim for its full-flavored reds — and this new, signature Malbec release is no exception.

not in shipment 2 bottles
The Black Stump Durif Shiraz 2013

Aussie 'Black Magic' Favorite - The Black Stump Durif Shiraz 2013
The Black Stump has won major international acclaim over the years (like the gold-medal-winning 2012). Wait until you taste the 2013 release: a dangerously drinkable Durif/Shiraz blend, rippling with intense black currant, blueberry and earthy mocha.

1 bottle 2 bottles
XV du Président 2011

Super-Rich French Red - XV du Président 2011
This spicy, “presidential” red by Grenache master Mark Hoddy is always a big customer favorite. Crafted with premium fruit from some of the Roussillon’s top vineyards, it’s overflowing with intense flavors (and, boasts a long list of accolades over several vintages).

1 bottle 1 bottle
Morin Père et Fils Pinot Noir 2011

Juicy Southern French ‘Burgundy’ - Morin Père et Fils Pinot Noir 2011
A leading Burgundy house has headed south. Try this juicy, cherry-kissed Pinot Noir, and we think you’ll be glad they did. A perfect partner for pork, duck or oily fish like salmon.

1 bottle 1 bottle
Chateau La Tonnelle 2010

Gold-Medal 2010 Bordeaux - Chateau La Tonnelle 2010
This velvety Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a small, fifth-generation estate and Bordeaux's hugely acclaimed 2010 vintage. Aged 12 months in oak, it also sports a gold medal from one of France’s most prestigious wine guides, Gilbert & Gaillard.

1 bottle 1 bottle
Pillastro Primitivo 2011

Prized Southern Italian Primitivo - Pillastro Primitivo 2011
A huge favorite with customers and wine show judges, star winemaker Angelo Maci's sumptuous southern Italian Primitivo has scooped over 60 awards, including SIX gold medals. One taste of his latest release and you’ll see why.

2 bottles 2 bottles
Las Barracas Gran Reserva Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Historic Gran Reserva Find - Las Barracas Gran Reserva Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Perfectly cellared, mature Gran Reserva reds are Spain's gift to wine lovers. This smooth, vanilla-oaky find was made for you at Bodegas 1898, one of the country’s oldest cellars. An amazing value you just have to try.

2 bottles 2 bottles
Principe Strozzi Chianti DOCG 2012

NEW Vintage: Top-Estate Chianti - Principe Strozzi Chianti DOCG 2012
Succulent, cherry-laced find from the legendary Strozzi family, who’ve made history (and royally delicious wine) in Tuscany for centuries. Crafted by the legendary Franco Bernabei, this Chianti is what they serve at family feasts.

2 bottles 2 bottles
CS Charles Smith Black Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

‘Brilliant’ Washington Cab - CS Charles Smith Black Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Charles Smith is "a brilliant winemaker who knows where the best fruit is hidden." (Robert Parker) This exclusive release has everything Cabernet fans look for: mouthfilling cassis plus lovely toasty oak. Enjoy with good friends and rich red meats.

2 bottles 2 bottles
Campanula Pinot Grigio 2011

Incredible Pinot Grigio Discovery - Campanula Pinot Grigio 2011
Hungarian talent Gabor Laczko makes one of our favorite Pinot Grigios. Previous vintages boast a mile-long list of acclaim from dozens of top international shows. Here's his citrusy, apple fresh 2011 – a must-try for fans of Italian whites.

2 bottles 2 bottles
William Knuttel Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012

Top-Vintage Russian River Chardonnay - William Knuttel Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012
The legendary Bill Knuttel is a top name in Sonoma, but his favorite style recalls the opulence of fine white Burgundy. Taste this latest release yourself, from California's very highly rated 2012 vintage.

1 bottle 1 bottle
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Free Gift Offer OR Free Wine Offer

Case of White Wine Only

Current White Only Wine Club Selections

Wine & Description (copied from Laithwaites) Offer #1 - Free Gift Offer #2 - Free Wine
Morin Pere et Fils Chardonnay 2012

Ripe Southern French White 'Burgundy' - Morin Pere et Fils Chardonnay 2012
The house of Morin Père & Fils (makers of fine Burgundy since 1822) has headed south, to France’s sunny Langeudoc. As this NEW fruit-rich selection shows, Burgundy’s great white also thrives here.

not in shipment 2 bottles
Ricochet Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2010

Elegant Sonoma Chardonnay - Ricochet Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2010
A new exclusive from cool Sonoma Coast, crafted at one of the region's best-known estates. Full of ripe tropical and citrus flavors, with perfectly balanced toasty oak and a mineral edge. If you love Chardonnay, Ricochet is sure to be a new favorite.

1 bottle 2 bottles
William Knuttel Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012

Top-Vintage Russian River Chardonnay - William Knuttel Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012
The legendary Bill Knuttel is a top name in Sonoma, but his favorite style recalls the opulence of fine white Burgundy. Taste this latest release yourself, from California's very highly rated 2012 vintage.

1 bottle 1 bottle
Abbesse Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Acclaimed French Sauvignon - Abbesse Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Noël Bougrier's crisp Abbesse Sauvignon Blanc is back. This incredibly popular white tends to sell out fast – and with the tantalizing 2012 sporting acclaim from a top French show, we recommend you get in and order now.

1 bottle 1 bottle
Alessandro Gallici Pinot Grigio 2012

Refreshing Italian Pinot Grigio - Alessandro Gallici Pinot Grigio 2012
Pinot Grigio is the ultimate guest-greeting, light-sipping wine. For the very best, we head to the mountain-ringed vineyards of Friuli, where the renowned Alessandro Gallici captures every peach-filled tongue-tingling nuance.

1 bottle 1 bottle
Campanula Pinot Grigio 2011

Incredible Pinot Grigio Discovery - Campanula Pinot Grigio 2011
Hungarian talent Gabor Laczko makes one of our favorite Pinot Grigios. Previous vintages boast a mile-long list of acclaim from dozens of top international shows. Here's his citrusy, apple fresh 2011 – a must-try for fans of Italian whites.

2 bottles 2 bottles
Alma Andina Torrontes 2012

Super-Fresh Argentine Torrontés - Alma Andina Torrontes 2012
A thrilling taste of Argentina's great white, Torrontés, from Salta (the world's highest wine region) and star winemaker Steve McEwen. At 3,000ft up, grapes ripen perfectly, giving pure and intense citrus flavors. A refreshingly different apéritif.

2 bottles 2 bottles
Altos de la Guardia Rioja Blanco 2012

Double-Gold White Rioja - Altos de la Guardia Rioja Blanco 2012
Parker-praised winemaker Jean-Marc Sauboua learned his craft at Bordeaux's Château Haut-Brion, but his heart belongs to Spain (his mother's homeland). His stylish 2012 white Rioja has already won two gold medals and brims with peach and floral notes.

2 bottles 2 bottles
Harman's Road Riesling 2011

Top Aussie Riesling Discovery - Harman's Road Riesling 2011
From premium Margaret River (the place to head in Australia for high-caliber whites), this single-vineyard, insider's find is a must-taste treat. Delivers all the hallmarks of top-notch Riesling at a much friendlier price.

2 bottles 2 bottles
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Last Updated: 2/24/2014

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Limited Time Special Offer
Introductory offer: $69.99 for 12 bottles of wine! Also choose between free bonus gifts: 3 bottles of wine or a deluxe, lever-action corkscrew.

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Comment from David Counselman at 2016-07-05 15:31:12
I shopped with Laithwaites Wine from 2009 to 2014, receiving a total of 33 cases in that time span, and I was satisfied. However, near the end of 2014, I received an email from them for a promotional case of Spanish wines. I clicked the link in the email, decided to purchase the case, and did so. When the case arrived, 6 of the 12 wines were wrong. I called and was told that the contents of this case varied depending on the warehouse that shipped it (which was not mentioned during the purchase itself; and furthermore, I was able to confirm that the warehouse did make a mistake when they shipped it), and I was offered a $20 credit or to return the case for a refund. I was practically offended at the notion that $20 would offset the fact that HALF my case was incorrect. I also actually wanted the original case, so returning the case, just to reorder it again after returning it (hoping to get the right wines) did not make sense to me either. Of the 6 bottles I should have gotten and did not, I did eventually receive 2 - this was my compensation for the situation. I ended up placing another order for the other 4 bottles that I wanted, as they were my main reason for purchasing the other case in the first place. After talking about my situation on another review website at the time, I was contacted by a customer service supervisor who said he was sorry I had a bad experience and asked "just exactly what I wanted from them." I said what I would have wanted was to get the wines I ordered and when I didn't, for them to admit their error and make me feel like a valued customer by correcting the issue. I explained that sending me the wines I should have gotten (which they admitted they definitely had in stock) and asking me to return the wines that I did not order would have made total logical sense. He said he saw I ended up ordering the other wines so he was happy I got them (as if the fact that I had to pay for them again myself did not matter) and said I would surely enjoy them. He also said, as if to somehow compensate me for the bad experience, I would be contacted by a wine specialist that would give me individualized attention for selecting wines in the future - this never happened, not that I cared at that point. For what it is worth, I was also reminded every time I talked with somebody that they have a wonderful policy that allows me to be refunded completely for any wines I do not like. It was almost like they were telling me "we cannot fix your order, but we can't stop you from saying you did not like half of your case to get a refund on half of it." This bothered me immensely - I do not want to lie about not liking a wine or it being bad. I just want to get the wines that I ordered and paid for. Besides, even getting a refund for half the case "because I did not like the wines" would not compensate me for the fact that I paid for shipping for a full 12-bottle case, so the refunds would not cover half the case, if you include shipping. This situation left me so angry that, after getting 50-60 bottles of wine a year from them on average, I have not ordered wine from them in about 19 months and I may never again.

I describe my experience above just to justify my concluding comments that:
1) Laithwaites Wine has a good wine selection, many of which are really good, and the wines are relatively fairly priced... it's not a bad place to get wines overall.
2) As with any company, they will make mistakes. A respectable company would admit their mistakes and go out of their way to make the negative situation up to their customers. Laithwaites Wine is not one of those respectable companies.
3) In MY case, apologies were forced and generic; I was never offered adequate compensation for my troubles; I was never even offered to receive the wines I had originally ordered (I had to buy them again myself and pay twice to get them once); when a customer service supervisor contacted me and was aware that I had to buy them again just to receive them, he did not care that I lost money - he just said he was glad I finally got the wines I wanted. He also threw in a "well just exactly what do you want?"

My final advice to anybody is: if you're in a roulette kind of mood and want to pay a "semi-decent" price for some decent wines that may or may not be what you expect to receive, don't hesitate to try Laithwaites Wine. Just be aware that if/when they make a mistake with your order, you are going to be out of luck. You will have to do business with them being fully aware of that - perhaps just plan to go ahead and ask for a refund on some of your wines, since that is apparently the ONLY action they are interested in as a way to act like they care about their customers. At the end of the day, I find that there are easier ways to get decent wines these days from places that have far better customer service.

 

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